Studio Art Major

Department Advanced Placement Policy

Students with AP credit in Art History, Studio, and Drawing are awarded advanced placement in the visual arts curriculum. AP credit does not count toward the minimum number of courses required for the majors or minors.  Credit for AP classes will be granted on an individual basis.


Required introductory courses:
Fundamentals of Drawing
3-Dimensional Fundamentals
One additional drawing course:
Drawing on Site
Drawn to Nature
Drawing, Body as Form
Intermediate Drawing
Two sequential courses in a particular media, such as photography or painting: 1
Digital Art Studio 1
and Digital Art Studio 2
Photography 1
and Photography 2
Painting 1
and Painting 2
Required history of art course:
Contemporary Art, 1940 to the Present 2
One additional history of art course:
Introduction To Visual Arts
History of Global Arch I
History of Global Arch II
Narrative In Art & Film
Destruction and Renewal
Museum Studies
Introduction to Islamic Art
Arts of Religion
Global Commerce in 15th Century Italy
Art & Antiquity in 16C Italy
Art, Science and Power 17C
Art in the Modern World, 1780 to 1940
17C Dutch Art & Society
The Arts in America
Modern Architecture
Making the Modern City
Kings & Caliphs: Art of Luxury
Additional VAST courses to reach the minimum of 10 required courses from the studio art courses listed above and below:
Digital Filmmaking
Fundamentals of Color
New Media
Cutting Edge: Beyond Collage
Printmaking 1
Book Projects
Sculpture 1
Studio Concentration Seminar 2 3
Required studio concentration seminar:
Studio Concentration Seminar 1 3

The studio art major requires a minimum of 10, a maximum of 14 courses, beginning with Fundamentals of Drawing and 3D Fundamentals. One additional drawing course is required. Majors are required to take at least two sequential courses in a particular media, such as Sculpture 1 and 2. A combination of a level 1 course plus a Topics course in the same media may satisfy this requirement, such as Painting 1 and Topics: Visual Concepts of Painting. Studio majors are required to take two art history courses which should include VAHI 210 Contemporary Art, 1940 to the Present, along with a second course selected in consultation with his or her advisor. The remaining courses are selected from the areas of Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Digital Media, plus Special Topics courses. Studio art majors and minors are required to participate in the Studio Review.

During the senior year studio majors are required to take the Studio Concentration Seminar which focuses on the development of an individual body of work. Students are provided with a workspace in Millard Art Center. Studio Art Majors are required to take the fall semester (VAST 300 Studio Concentration Seminar 1) and are eligible for the spring semester (VAST 301 Studio Concentration Seminar 2). While both semesters are strongly recommended for the major, students will be admitted to the spring semester based on an evaluation of their work by studio art faculty. Only students taking the spring semester, Studio Concentration Seminar 2, will participate in the senior exhibition in Cantor Art Gallery. Students are expected to declare the Studio Art major no later than the fall semester of their junior year in order to insure placement in the Studio Concentration Seminar. Students who declare later than this deadline may be required to consult the department chair to seek an alternative course to complete the major.