Studio Art majors are encouraged to develop a strong personal creative direction in one or more of the studio areas housed within the department. Exploration and experimentation across a range of mediums is possible in an environment that fosters a cross-disciplined approach to image making. Traditional studio practices share equal footing with new and emerging technologies in an effort to best prepare the studio major for the field. Theoretical, historical, and conceptual foundations are provided through offerings in art history and seminars. Students must select an emphasis in Digital Art and Photography; General Studio ; Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking; or Sculpture and Ceramics.
Digital Art and Photography
The Digital Art and Photography emphasis is for students seeking a focused course of study in contemporary digital art and in digital and traditional photography.
Students in Digital Art have the opportunity to use the electronic arts either as a primary creative mode or as adjunct to other art processes. Work with still and moving images, sound and Web-based projects is possible. Students in Photography work in a variety of processes including: digital photography, silver-based processes, scanning and mediating imagery electronically, and alternative processes including hand coloring. Lectures provide information on recent work and the historical and theoretical development of photography.
Students in General Studio focus on the development of a strong personal creative direction through a broad yet intensive course of study in traditional studio art and contemporary digital art disciplines.
Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking
The Painting, Drawing and Printmaking emphasis is for students seeking a focused course of study in the two dimensional disciplines of painting, drawing and printmaking.
Students in painting work with a variety of media, studying basic color theory and materials and techniques involved in painting. Attention is given to understanding current issues in painting as well as its traditions. Students who continue in this area develop a personal creative direction. Students in drawing study both contemporary and traditional approaches. Introductory courses introduce varied techniques and provide a foundation for exploration, while upper level work focuses on development of concept and personal direction. Students work with a range of sources and materials that lead to an expanded definition of drawing.
Students in printmaking study intaglio, lithography, screen-printing, relief and letterpress processes. In addition to traditional methods and editioning procedures, students are encouraged to experiment and innovate. Combined mediums, monoprints, non-paper supports and artist book projects are included in course and research work. Additionally, photographic and computer-generated processes are explored and integrated into the program, reflecting trends in contemporary printmaking.
Sculpture and Ceramics
The Sculpture and Ceramics emphasis is for students seeking a focused course of study in the three dimensional disciplines of sculpture and ceramics. Traditional and contemporary digital course work is included in the emphasis.
Students in Sculpture work in a large studio with outdoor access. Three-dimensional design courses involve students in conceptualizing their design ideas through drawing and computer-assisted visualization. In the studio, these ideas may be realized through a variety of processes ranging from traditional techniques in wood, metal and other materials to more contemporary techniques that may include robotics, light and sound. The Jewelry and Metals area offers course work in various processes including fabrication, electroforming, forging, centrifugal lost wax casting, lapidary work, and metal enameling. Students learn the basic techniques of metal forming and soldering and are then encouraged to do further research and work. Jewelry may be produced in silver, copper, brass, and mixed media. Students in Ceramics approach work in clay through the investigation of ideas manifested in form. Technical expertise is developed through demonstrations and lectures providing technical information and imagery examples. Hand-Building and Wheel-Throwing courses are offered.
A bachelor of arts is also available in the studio category.
Suggested four-year sequences for studio BFAs:
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