Major Requirements

Studio Arts


Ten courses in studio arts and two courses in art history are required for the major. A grade of C+ or above is required for major credit.

Core courses:

  • Two Visual Thinking designated courses. These 100-level courses serve to introduce students to the basic concepts of studio art practice. They require no prerequisite.
  • Five Art Studio designated courses. These courses are offered at the 200 and 300 level. They allow students with a fundamental grasp of visual vocabulary to explore intensely a particular studio discipline, combination of disciplines, or special topics with an emphasis on the relationship between studio arts practice and theory. At least one Art Studio course must be taken at the 300 level. Generally, Art Studio courses require one Visual Thinking course as a prerequisite.
  • Two semesters of Concept and Process in Studio Art, must be taken; one at the 300 level and one at the 400 level. This is an interdisciplinary course geared toward students with studio art experience. It focuses on the development of personal content and generating a thematically consistent body of work. Concept and Process in Studio Art requires a prerequisite of three Art Studio courses.

Electives: Two Art History courses at the 200 level or higher.

Capstone/Senior Project: STAR 497. Senior Thesis in Studio Arts. The thesis is conceived as an independent studio project that has as its goal the production of a solo exhibition reflecting the student's grasp of content and critical issues. The thesis project is conceived as the integration mechanism for the major. It consists of works presented as a solo exhibition; any additional artwork created within the prearranged parameters of the project; an 8- to 10-page paper that should address the artwork created, its antecedents, and the structure, ideas, and issues presented in the work; and participation in the weekly seminar involving group critiques, workshops, and discussions. The Writing Intensive Part II requirement is fulfilled by the thesis.


Honors: The awarding of departmental honors in studio arts will be based on superior performance in the major, as evaluated by the full-time studio faculty.