FSC’s Studio Art program hones your skills in the visual arts and prepares you for a career as a professional artist.

By developing your understanding of the creative process and your knowledge of traditional and contemporary artistic concepts, as well as various media-specific techniques, you will gain the basis for professional practice and for continued study at the graduate level.

Top Reasons To Choose FSC For Studio Art

  • You’ll study with faculty who are nationally recognized artists and art historians who are devoted to teaching.
  • Classes are small, encouraging a strong one-on-one relationship between you and your professor.
  • A May-Option study-abroad trip is offered each year.
  • Critiques are run as graduate school-level critiques.
  • The program has nine discipline-specific studio classrooms—a rarity for any small college.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Engaged Learning in the Classroom Engagement comes naturally to studio art courses at FSC. Your professors work with you individually and in groups for all projects, and the critique process thrives on open discourse and evaluation.

Course Information

For students wishing to go to graduate school in art who wish to explore fine arts aspects of digital media, The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, which emphasizes studio work, is ideal.

The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art offers a classically structured education in art that encourages you to pursue your personal artistic vision. The program balances intensive studio training with a broadly based liberal arts program—all with your creative growth as the focus.

Art classes are held in nine fully equipped studio classrooms—each dedicated to a specific discipline: Painting, Figure Drawing, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Design.

Internship Opportunities

While the program doesn’t require an internship, students are encouraged to pursue an internship that has to do with their concentrations. Our students have interned as assistant curators at local museums, with local interior designers, even as set designers for theater productions.

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

The department is a forty-year member of Kappa Pi, the international honorary art society.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

FSC provides generous scholarships to art students based on a portfolio review. A portfolio review guideline can be obtained from the department in advance of a scheduled review.

Alumni Success

FSC Studio Art graduates are working as gallery artists, professors, and commercial and freelance artists across the country. Our students have also been accepted into top-tier graduate programs such as:

  • The Burren College of Art, Ireland
  • The California Institute of the Arts
  • New York University
  • The Pratt Institute
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • The University of The Arts, London

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A portfolio review is required for BAs and BFAs in Studio Art and Graphic Design.

 Download the FSC Art Portfolio Requirements

Special Features

There is extensive study in figure drawing, which can be taken up to five times over the course of your academic career. You can also take painting up to six times. All other disciplines – drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, combined media and digital photography are similarly supported.

Our Melvin Art Gallery exhibits both the work of FSC students as well as the work of contemporary artists.

We offer two majors in studio art: the Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.).

B.F.A. students have their own semi-private studio space—another rarity among small colleges.


 

Program Requirements

Studio Art (B.A.) Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Studio Art combines intensive studio work with the traditional liberal arts.

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 60 hours
ART 1120 Design Fundamentals

ART 1131

Drawing I
ART 1132 Drawing II
or  
ART 2170 Figure Drawing I
ART 1140 Intro to Digital Photography
ART 2100 Painting I
ART 2110 Painting II
ART 2210 Sculpture I
ART 2220 Ceramics I
ART 2310 Printmaking I
ART 4999 Senior Seminar

Two 3000- and/or 4000-level ART courses in one of the following areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, or an appropriate combination of these areas chosen in consultation with your advisor.

ARH 1100 Survey of Western Art and Architecture
ARH 2700 The Contemporary Artist

Four additional hours of ARH courses at the 3000-and/or 4000-level

C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
D. Electives 4 hours
E. Total 124 hours
Studio Art

Interested in a Studio Arts Minor?

To earn a minor in Studio Arts you will need to complete the following courses successfully: ART 1120, 1131, ARH 1100, plus two additional ART courses at progressively higher levels in a related area.

Studio Art (B.F.A.) Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Studio Art will enable you to begin your professional career in such fields as design, painting, and sculpture after the award of the degree. Additionally, this program is designed to give you optimal preparation for admission to M.F.A. programs in Art.

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 76 hours
ART 1120 Design Fundamentals

ART 1131

Drawing I
ART 1132 Drawing II
ART 1140 Intro to Digital Photography
ART 2100 Painting I
ART 2110 Painting II
ART 2170 Figure Drawing I
ART 2210 Sculpture I
ART 2220 Ceramics I
ART 2310 Printmaking I
ART 4999 Senior Seminar

Three 3000- and/or 4000-level ART courses in one of the following areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, or an appropriate combination of these areas.

One four-hour ART elective

ARH 1100 Survey of Western Art and Architecture
ARH 2700 The Contemporary Artist

Eight additional hours of ARH courses at the 3000- and/or 4000-level

C. Electives 8 hours
D. Total 124 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the Academic Catalog  


 

Course Descriptions

ART 1120 DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
Four hours. This course offers an introduction to the elements and principles of design, including line, shape, color, value, texture, balance, emphasis, rhythm, and unity. Gen Ed: FA (In, Ex)

ART 1131 DRAWING I
Four hours. An introduction to various drawing media and methods of representation in line and tone.

ART 1132 DRAWING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1131 or permission of the instructor. Exploration of color and mixed media drawing techniques; emphasis on forms of personal expression and representational development.

ART 1140 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Four hours. This course will cover aspects of digital photography such as image capture and digital processing, design, lighting, and digital technology. Assignments will be given to explore creativity, problem solving, and understanding the camera. Students will focus on capturing their surroundings using specific techniques for landscape, architectural, and cultural (i.e., people) photography. A critique will occur at the end of each assignment to discuss solutions, problems, and successes. Applications and printing will also be covered in this class. Gen Ed: FA (Ex)

ART 1160 NEW MEDIA
Four hours. Introduces students, both through learning about existing new media artworks and through the construction of projects, to new and unconventional and/or unfamiliar forms of visual art. Seeks to instill appreciation for contemporary art forms, to open students to new media and new creative avenues, and to enlighten students to their own expressive abilities. Gen Ed: FA (In, Ex)

ART 2100 PAINTING I
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1131. Introduction to acrylic painting; exploration of various painting techniques, painting surfaces, and elements of color.

ART 2110 PAINTING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2100 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to oil painting; an investigation of various techniques using the oil medium; assignments in color relationships.

ART 2170 FIGURE DRAWING I
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 1131 or permission of the instructor. Studio class emphasizing drawing from the human figure and includes the study of human anatomy.

ART 2210 SCULPTURE I
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1120. Introduction to the use of traditional and contemporary sculptural media, modeling and plaster casting, clay and paper casts.

ART 2220 CERAMICS I
Four hours. Creative pottery making, using various methods of hand building. Students learn to load and fire the kiln.

ART 2310 PRINTMAKING I
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or 1131 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to intaglio and relief printmaking techniques. Monotypes will also be explored.

ART 2410 TYPOGRAPHY AND LAYOUT
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 1120 and either ART 1140 or COM 3370. We will cover a breadth of topics in two- dimensional design from language used in critiques to basic seeing and technical skills behind the formal elements of design—more specifically, composition, shape, line, value, texture, and color. Students will work in a variety of mediums to explore concepts introduced in the class. Students are also expected to produce a weekly visual journal that will be updated with class assignments. Weekly readings will be a mandatory part of the class, as well as discussions and critiques.

ART 2570 VIDEO ART
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or permission of the instructor. This course provides an introduction to the use of video as a medium for artistic expression, visual communication, and social inquiry. Emphasis is on the creation, modification and activation of space and time. Includes investigations into narrative structure, visual abstraction, advertising formats, and video art installation.

ART 3110 PAINTING III
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2110. An exploration of various directions in painting with a concentration in one area. Assignments relative to traditional space and the picture plane.

ART 3120 CERAMICS II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2220. Advanced pottery making, including throwing on the potter’s wheel, glaze formulation, and testing of clay bodies.

ART 3150 WATERCOLOR
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 1131 or permission of the instructor. An exploration of approaches and techniques in painting with transparent watercolor.

ART 3170 FIGURE DRAWING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2170. Advanced projects in drawing from the human figure and in the study of human anatomy.

ART 3210 SCULPTURE II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2210. Concentration in selected areas of work: modeling and casting, ceramic sculpture, construction, or carving.

ART 3310 PRINTMAKING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2310. Continuation of more advanced intaglio and relief processes including multi-plate color printing techniques. Monotypes and monoprints will be combined in various mixed media prints.

ART 3410 ADVANCED PRINT DESIGN
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2410. The focus of this course is on the design process and print production. Assignments are directed toward problem solving in the one, two, three, four color print production areas. Critiques at the end of each assignment address design solutions, problems, and successes. Creativity, solving communication problems, understanding the applications on a deeper level, working directly with a client, understanding briefs, and bringing a job to press are covered in this class.

ART 3440 ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1140. This course will cover aspects of digital photography such as image capture and digital processing, design, lighting and digital technology. Assignments will be given to explore creativity, problem solving, and understanding the camera; we will focus on capturing our surroundings using specific techniques for landscape, architectural and cultural (i.e. people) photography. A critique will occur at the end of each assignment to discuss solutions, problems and successes. Applications and printing will also be covered in this class.

ART 3510 WEB DESIGN
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2410. Basic elements of web design, including html language, digital sound, 2-D animation, and non-linear editing. Aesthetic and practical aspects of creating web pages. As his or her major project, each student will build a personal, multilayered web page on the Art Department's server using the latest software.

ART 4110 PAINTING IV
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 3110 or permission of the instructor. This course emphasizes organization and variations of format in painting and explores color as an expressive basis for painting.

ART 4170 FIGURE DRAWING III
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 3170. Further emphasizes advanced projects in drawing the human figure and in the study of anatomy.

ART 4411 ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I
Four hours. Prerequisite: Junior status in the Department of Art and Art History and permission of the instructor. Advanced projects with emphasis on the development of a personal direction of expression.

ART 4412 ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 4411 and the permission of the instructor. Advanced projects in a selected medium and stylistic approach.

ART 4499 GRAPHIC DESIGN SENIOR THESIS
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 3410 and 3510, Graphic Design major, senior standing, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Building on all their previous experiences, students will finish complex individual and collaborative projects for their professional portfolios. Emphasis placed on independence, professional habits and attitudes, and personal design development. Gen Ed: Ql, EC-C

ART 4899 ART FOR TEACHERS K-12
Four hours. Prerequisite: Senior status in the Art program. A senior seminar for the development of: 1) a senior exhibition; and 2) a portfolio suitable for presentation to graduate schools, prospective clients, and/or employers.

ART 4911 ADVANCED STUDIO I
Four hours. Prerequisite: Junior status in the Department of Art and Art History and permission of the instructor. Advanced projects with emphasis on the development of a personal direction of expression.

ART 4912 ADVANCED STUDIO II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 4911. Advanced projects in a selected medium and stylistic approach.

ART 4913 ADVANCED STUDIO III
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 4912. Continued study in advanced projects in a selected medium and stylistic approach.

ART 4960-4961 ART INTERNSHIP
Four hours each. Prerequisite: Permission of supervising faculty. Internship is intended to provide on-the-job training during the last three semesters of study. Following departmental internship guidelines and in coordination with the faculty, students will secure an appropriate internship assignment in the field of their concentration. Summer internships are encouraged.

ART 4999 SENIOR SEMINAR
Four hours. Prerequisites: Senior status in the Art program and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. A senior seminar for the development of: 1) a senior exhibition; and 2) a portfolio suitable for presentation to graduate schools, prospective clients, and/or employers. This is the capstone course for the B.A. and B.F.A. in Studio Art, and is designed to prepare one to create professional artwork and make a scholarly thesis presentation, whether in preparation for graduate school or for other life activities. In this course, the student will write a ten-page research paper associated with his or her senior thesis exhibition and will present a ten- to fifteen-minute oral presentation and defense of his or her thesis exhibition at the senior thesis exhibition critique. The student will undertake and complete the research and writing of the thesis in consultation with the thesis advisor. The thesis advisor will assign the final grade. Gen Ed: Ql, EC-C