The Studio Art program focuses on the technical and conceptual skills necessary for students to create a unique voice in the art world today. Our sequential curriculum provides students with highly developed skills and knowledge of drawing, design, painting, illustration, art history, mixed media, and web design that are necessary for a professional career in the visual arts. Students in the program begin with the fundamentals of drawing, design, and art history. As students master the visual language and its vocabulary, they progress to color theory, figure drawing, and painting, relying on concepts and principals they have learned in their foundation year. With introductions to illustration and web design, they continue more advanced studies in painting, exploring aesthetic, conceptual, and cultural themes in their work. The learning process is enhanced by field trips to New York City, visiting artist lectures, internships, and study abroad opportunities.
The culmination of the program is the capstone Senior Project where students create a professional body of work that will be exhibited in the university gallery. This exhibition is an artistic statement of the students’ education. This capstone project contributes to their professional portfolio with which they can approach venues to exhibit work and pursue their careers in the visual arts.