BA MAJOR & MINOR
What You’ll Study
Our program centers around studying art by experiencing and doing. Core courses give you a foundation in the process of making art and its impact on human life and culture throughout history. Studio courses focus on specific methods and media, where you’ll practice your creative process and share your work with classmates, campus, and the community.
You’ll explore visual art-making in all forms, but most of your studio courses will focus on improving skills and creativity in one of these concentrations:
- Painting and Drawing
- Printmaking and Book Arts
- Material Studies
- Media Arts and Photography
Undergraduate Research Project
Art students have the option to work with a faculty mentor to develop their skills as a researcher and creator on a year-long research project. You’ll propose a topic, develop a thesis, apply a research method, and present your results at the end of the year.
Past student projects
- Exploration of photographic materials and surfaces
- Electric to gas kiln conversion
- Feminine identity, photography, and the uncanny
- Working with mica and micaceous clay
- Automata and the art of storytelling
A Future as an Artist
A major in art teaches you to develop and respect your own creative process, equipping you not just to make art but also to make a living with it. Many graduates work as professional artists or go on to further study in a graduate program or in art school. This major can also open career opportunities in art management, museums and galleries, art-related businesses, film making, art conservation, studio art, and other creative fields.