Bachelor of Arts inArt Studio

Majoring in Art Studio involves the study and production of 2-D, 3-D, photographic and graphic art. Whether you specialize in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art, illustration or printmaking, you’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in the art world as you take 56 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Art Studio Curriculum Overview

Studio Art combines the best of a small private university with the vibrant art community of the Twin Cities area. Students are prepared to excel through working hard in the context of close mentorships with faculty. Students network with art professionals and come to know contemporary trends in art. Successful students have futures in a variety of art-centered careers, or in graduate school.

Studio Art majors produce an exhibition and portfolio of their best work, informed by their knowledge of contemporary art as well as by western and non-western art history. They are verbally and visually fluent in their chosen medium.

study-abroad trips to Mexico and Europe. With the richness of their experiences Concordia’s art and design students are very successful with either career placements or pursuing further education. ART DESIGN MAJOR – SEE DESIGN MAJOR ART STUDIO MAJOR: 56 CREDITS (BA TRADITIONAL) 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 2-D Design 3 Illustration 3 Sculpture I 3 19th and 20th Century Art and Design 4 Digital Art I OR 4 4 4 4 4 4 ED 330 ED 336 ED 346 ED 347 ED 439 ED 487 KHS 470 ED 447 ART 387 ART 358 ED 472.08 Complete all four Human Relations Activity Reports Drawing I 3 Painting I 3 Photography I 3 Ceramics I 3 Child Psychology and PSY 220 Adolescent Psychology OR 8 Child & Adolescent Development 4 ART 102 ART 211 ART 251 ART 472 ART 202 ART 302 ART 331 ART 332 ART 371 ART 375 ART 376 Open Art Electives: including at least one more studio course (6 credits)6 Required Content Courses (40 credits): (Complete content major with 2.75 GPA) Program Overview – Studio Art combines the best of a small private university with the vibrant art community of the Twin Cities area. Students are prepared to excel through working hard in the context of close mentorships with faculty. Students network with art professionals and come to know contemporary trends in art. Successful students have futures in a variety of art-centered careers, or in graduate school. Studio Art majors produce an exhibition and portfolio of their best work, informed by their knowledge of contemporary art as well as by western and non-western art history. They are verbally and visually fluent in their chosen medium. Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 101 Approaching Art 2

This course lays the foundation for approaching visual art by introducing fundamental aspects of the nature of art and art making. The course will investigate four areas which are key to appreciating art. These four units will include the importance perceptual skills, the nature of the creative process, the place of art in its cultural context, and the role and processes of abstraction. The course will involve looking at art, reading, writing and speaking about art using acquired vocabulary and knowledge.

Required: 43 to 47 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 102 2D Design 3
ART - 103 3D Design 3
ART - 105 Color Theory 3
ART - 111 Drawing I 3
ART - 271 Survey of Western Art I 3
ART - 272 Survey of Western Art II 3
ART - 311 Figure Drawing 3
ART - 472 19th & 20th Cntry Art & Dsgn 4
ART - 491 Theories in Contemporary Art 3
ART - 499 Art Senior Seminar 1
ART - 221 Painting I 3
ART - 411 Advanced Drawing 4
ART - 261 Ceramics I 3
ART - 251 Sculpture I 3
ART - 202 Digital Art I 3
ART - 241 Photography I 3
ART - 331 Relief Printmaking 3
ART - 332 Screen Printmaking 3
ART - 333 Intaglio Printmaking 3
ART - 334 Lithography 3
ART - 431 Mixed Media Graphics 3
ART - 370 Mexican Art and Culture 4
ART - 374 Art Of Mexico 4
ART - 375 Art of Asia 4
ART - 376 Ethnographic Art 4

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for two-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic two-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for three-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic three-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

Traditional and contemporary approaches to color theory will be taught. These ideas will be beneficial for most studio areas and of particular importance to careers in design.

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with fundamental techniques and concepts of drawing. In that basic skill building is the core of this course it is a very approachable class for non-art majors. Although some history of drawing will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. Prehistoric work through the 14th C. will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course. (Prerequisite: ART101)

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. 15th C. work through the present will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course.

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with anatomy and the figure as a subject matter vital in an artist's vocabulary. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create designs with a variety of drawing media. Although the history of figurative art will be explored, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, ART111 or consent of instructor)

This course examines the revolutionary developments in painting, sculptural and architectural traditions from the 19th C. as well as the Modernist traditions of the first half of the 20th C. and the initial Post-Modern trends that follow. The course links these artistic developments with world-wide cultural influences. In addition, special attention is given to the history of design. (Prerequisite: ART272)

This seminar style course discusses theories and ideas that underpin the current art world. The approaches of many current artists and critics are examined. (Prerequisite: ART272)

This course serves as the capstone experience in the Art Department. The course will vary somewhat based on the student's degree sought. It will normally be the production of a solo exhibition, or of a professional design portfolio, or a Community Arts experience. The work produced and presented must be the student's current work. Individual directions will be developed with the professor and student's advisor. (Prerequisite Senior standing or Instructor consent)

This course is designed to introduce students with fundamental concepts in oil and/or acrylic painting. Historical and contemporary approaches to painting will be addressed. Non-art majors can also succeed in this course.

This course is designed to establish personal style in a variety of drawing media. Traditional subjects like the still life and the figure will be investigated along with creative and divergent situations used for expression. Significant emphasis will be placed on developing skills in formal and iconographic criticism. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. (Prerequisite: ART311 or consent of instructor)

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of contemporary ceramic art. Students will see and also investigate sculptural and vessel forms in clay, along with the relationship of drawing to the creative process. Although significant clay art history and technology will be taught, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of contemporary sculpture. Both additive and reductive sculpture will be explored as students are introduced to both traditional and non-traditional sculpture media. Students will also investigate the relationship of drawing to the sculptural process. Although some 19th and 20th C. sculpture history will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART101, ART103 or consent of instructor)

This introductory course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of design using computer technology as the primary medium. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Although technological and ethical issues in the field will be addressed, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, or consent of instructor).

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of photographic practices and processes. The use and operation of the 35mm film camera, experimental and traditional black and white darkroom techniques and new digital technologies will be taught through demonstration and assigned projects. Photographic history and criticism will also be introduced. Portfolio production will be the main form of assessment in this introductory course.

This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of relief and intaglio printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of prints. Techniques covered will include woodcut, linocut, collagraph, and monoprints. Although some history of printmaking will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of silkscreen printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of silkscreen prints. Techniques covered will include cut, painted and photographic stencils. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART111)

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of intaglio printmaking. Students will build on drawing, composition, and other art skills to create editions of intaglio prints. Techniques covered will include etching, dry point, aquatint, collagraph, monoprinting and photo-polymer plates. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

This intermediate course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of lithographic printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of lithographic prints. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

This course is designed to familiarize intermediate students with alternative and advanced graphics techniques, in particular photographic and digital applications for printmaking, as well as digital prints and non-silver photography. Contemporary issues and themes in graphics will be discussed. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, ART111, and one of the following: ART141, 202, 231, 232, 233, or permission)

This course introduces the student to Mexican art and culture through study and experience in Mexico The social, political and historic context of Mexican culture is emphasized. Required pre-trip and post-trip involvement and observation and discussion carry most of the course content. Students must also complete a project following up on the experiential learning.

This course is intended to provide a survey of the history of Mexican art. It is arranged in three parts starting with pre-conquest indigenous cultures, which will be the majority of the course emphasis. It will also include the Colonial Period and Revolutionary Art. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

This course is intended to provide a survey of the history of Asian art. It is arranged in three parts starting with India and Southeast Asia, then moving to China and finishing with Korea and Japan. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion, trade and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art.

This course is intended to provide a survey of non-western, world art. It is arranged in multiple units, which will sample ethnographic art from across the world. Cultures from West Africa, the Near East and the Far East, indigenous cultures from the Americas and Oceanic cultures will be surveyed. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

Required
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 101 Approaching Art 2

This course lays the foundation for approaching visual art by introducing fundamental aspects of the nature of art and art making. The course will investigate four areas which are key to appreciating art. These four units will include the importance perceptual skills, the nature of the creative process, the place of art in its cultural context, and the role and processes of abstraction. The course will involve looking at art, reading, writing and speaking about art using acquired vocabulary and knowledge.

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Keith Williams Department of Art Chairperson, Professor of Art and Art History

Keith's passion for art and for quality teaching has led him to do workshops across the United States, to jury ceramic exhibition and to exhibit his own work.

Cate Vermeland Term Faculty in Art

Cate has a passion for making art accessible to all and has created numerous Community Art activities on campus.

Stephanie Hunder Professor of Art

Stephanie Hunder teaches printmaking and digital media at Concordia where she is Department Chair, Gallery Director and Professor of Art.

John DuFresne Term Faculty of Graphic Design Art

DuFresne brings 25 years of higher education experience in visual communications, including the development of award-winning design programs at two previous academic institutions.

Career Potential

You’ll also keep it real beyond the classroom, as student artwork is showcased in campus galleries throughout the year—and as a senior you will present your own solo exhibition. Because we design our art studio program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a visual artist, graphic/web designer, illustrator, art director, gallery owner, liturgical artist, community arts organizer, art teacher or other art-related professional.

  • Art Director
  • Art Professor
  • Art Teacher
  • Community Arts Organizer
  • Exhibitions Curator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic/Web Design
  • Illustrator
  • Liturgical Artist
  • Photographer
  • Studio Artist

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