Art Studio Major

Art studio majors at Saint Mary’s are provided exposure to a wide range of media and develop the critical and conceptual skills needed to realize a personal artistic vision.

Art studio majors, while immersed both historically and conceptually, examine the purpose, function, and aesthetics of the chosen art form within the larger scheme of the art world. Students learn requirements of a professional career in art and are guided in the building of a professional portfolio including a résumé, an artist statement, and a showcase portfolio.

Career Options

Architects; art dealers; art directors; craft artists; curators; elementary, middle, and high school teachers; fine artists; illustrators; photographers; recreational therapists

High School Preparation

Art History; Computer Applications; Computer/Graphic Arts; Geometry; Studio Art; World History

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in art studio oftentimes pursue a double major or minor in medieval and renaissance studies or digital graphic design

Degree Requirements

A. All of the following:

AR103 Art Foundations I (3 cr.)

Art Foundations I is a study of the principles and elements of two- and three-dimensional design. It is also an introduction to drawing, color theory, and painting for the professional. The course is conducted in a studio-lecture format.

AR122 Drawing I (3 cr.)

Drawing I requires no art background. Studio assignments include a variety of subject matter, media and techniques with emphasis on visual perception and awareness.

AR222 Drawing II (3 cr.)

Drawing II builds on the skills learned in AR122 Drawing I with an emphasis on developing personal mark making. A variety of media are used – pencil, charcoal, conté, ink, pastels, etc.

AR331 Painting I (3 cr.)

Painting I is an introduction to the techniques of painting using acrylic.

AR341 Printmaking I (3 cr.)

Printmaking explores a variety of graphic media such as lithography, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, calligraphy, silkscreen, and intaglio.

AR360 Art History (4 cr.)

Art History surveys the history of Western Art from the Classical Antiquity period to contemporary times. It includes the study of painting, sculpture, architecture, and minor arts. The course is designed to assist students to gain an overview of the major stylistic periods and artists of the Western visual tradition, explore how visual art relates culturally, sociologically and philosophically to the societies within which it arises, learn the basic vocabulary of art philosophy, style and method, and carry out basic art historical research.

AR461 Art Seminar I (2 cr.)

These seminars involve the production of independent works in the art major's primary area of concentration. The seminars also focus on professional practices, ethics, and contemporary trends in the arts. The hanging of a graduation exhibit in the senior year is required of all art and design majors. AR461 offered fall semester, AR462 offered spring semester. Art Seminar I fulfills the Upper Division Writing Requirement.

AR462 Art Seminar II (1 cr.)

These seminars involve the production of independent works in the art major's primary area of concentration. The seminars also focus on professional practices, ethics, and contemporary trends in the arts. The hanging of a graduation exhibit in the senior year is required of all art and design majors. AR461 offered fall semester; AR462 offered spring semester.

B. All of the following:

AR104 Art Foundations II (3 cr.)

Foundations II focuses on design theory based on three dimensional space, plus time and motion studies. Carving, woodworking, and basic mixed media are introduced.

AR211 Ceramics I (3 cr.)

Ceramics I is an introductory course that combines instruction in hand building and the potter's wheel. The emphasis is placed on methods of construction, surface decoration, glazing, and firing techniques.

AR322 Drawing III (3 cr.)

This course is a requirement for the art studio major. It involves advanced problems in drawing emphasizing conceptual development, the human figure, and further exploration of media.

AR351 Sculpture (3 cr.)

Sculpture is a study of materials and techniques of advanced three-dimensional design using wood, metal, and mixed media. Students also work with CAD software to create designs and conceptual models on the department's 3D printer.

AR370 Philosophy of Art (3 cr.)

This is an interdisciplinary course which explores the relationship between philosophy of art or aesthetics and the developments in art history. The course involves a study of traditional and contemporary philosophical theories of art, an examination of selected figures and movements in art history, and an analysis of the vital interrelationship between the two disciplines of philosophy and art.

AR432 Painting II (3 cr.)

Painting II involves advanced problems in acrylic, oil, or other contemporary media.

AR442 Printmaking II (3 cr.)

Printmaking II covers advanced problems in printmaking media including Book Arts and Letterpress printing.

AR451 Advanced Studio (2–3 cr.)

In consultation with their advisor, art studio majors select an area for advanced study. They need to have completed two previous semesters in their chosen area; e.g., drawing, painting or printmaking.