The Studio Arts Program

The Studio Arts major is an intensive program for those interested in pursuing careers in the arts including becoming an independent artist or assisting graphic designers. Studio courses include working with various mediums such as painting, drawing, ceramics, fibers and stained glass. All studio arts school students mount a student exhibition that is open to the public.

In the Studio Arts program, there are many opportunities to engage in visual arts beyond the classroom, such as:

  • The proximity to Pittsburgh, which allows students access to nationally-recognized artistic organizations.
  • The Saint Vincent Gallery, which hosts temporary exhibitions of regionally and nationally recognized artists and the senior exhibitions of graduating art students.
  • The Foster and Muriel McCarl Collection of 19th-century American coverlets (housed in the Fred Rogers Center) is an important resource for American craft and history.
  • local and regional exhibitions that studio arts students can submit to even while they attend Saint Vincent.
What Can I Do With a Major in Studio Arts?

Students who successfully complete the Studio Arts major will have a solid background in the liberal arts and the fine arts, with particular emphasis on drawing, design, painting, sculpture and the history of art.

While it is possible for the program graduate to begin work as a fine artist, it is recommended that Studio Arts graduates continue their artistic training by entering a master of fine arts program, or accepting an apprenticeship under a working artist.

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Results

Studio arts graduates are required to take 18 credits including Drawing or Two=Dimensional Design, as well as a range of upper-level courses, allowing students in a particular art or design field to add depth and proficiency in courses tailored to their area of interest.

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Studio Arts Major Requirements

Required courses (36 credits):
AR 101   Art History I:  Ancient through Renaissance - 3 credits
AR 102   Art History II:  Baroque to the Present - 3 credits
AR 130   Drawing I - 3 credits
AR 131   Design:  Two-Dimensional - 3 credits
AR 135   Design:  Three-Dimensional - 3 credits
AR 225   Painting I - 3 credits
AR 230   Drawing II - 3 credits
AR 240   Sculpture I - 3 credits
AR 325   Painting II - 3 credits
AR 336   Sculpture II - 3 credits
AR 404   Senior Studio - 3 credits
AR 405   Senior Exhibition and Professional Seminar- 3 credits

One course selected from (3 credits):
AR 205   World Art History - 3 credits
AR 310   American Art and Architecture - 3 credits

One course selected from (3 credits):
AR 212   Beginning Black and White Photography - 3 credits
AR 233   Drawing and Illustration for Design - 3 credits
AR 234   Introduction to Stained Glass - 3 credits
AR 236   Fiber Art - 3 credits
AR 238   Clay and Pottery - 3 credits
AR 330   Digital Photography and Post-Production - 3 credits
AR 338   Printmaking I - 3 credits
CA 235   *Introduction to Web Design - 3 credits
CA 285   *Electronic Media - 3 credits

*Course description can be found listed in the Department of Communication.

Studio Arts Minor Requirements (18 credits) 

Required courses (9 credits):
AR 130   Drawing I - 3 credits
AR 131   Design:  Two-Dimensional - 3 credits
AR 225   Painting I - 3 credits

Three courses selected from (9 credits):
AR 135   Design:  Three-Dimensional - 3 credits
AR 212   Beginning Black and White Photography - 3 credits
AR 230   Drawing II - 3 credits
AR 234   Introduction to Stained Glass - 3 credits
AR 236   Fiber Arts - 3 credits
AR 238   Clay and Pottery - 3 credits
AR 325   Painting II - 3 credits
AR 338   Printmaking I - 3 credits

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Prerequisites

A portfolio review is required for admission to this major and minor. Only the most artistically promising students are admitted into this and visual arts school. 

Please contact the department chair for portfolio requirements.

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Student Work and Research

The capstone projects for Studio Arts majors are senior studio and senior exhibition.

Senior studio is taken the fall semester before the student’s senior exhibition, which is the student’s final spring semester at Saint Vincent College. Senior studio gives the student the chance to further explore a particular media under the supervision of a faculty member in order to begin to create a body of work.

Senior exhibition is held in The Saint Vincent Gallery under the supervision of the gallery director and gives the student the opportunity to curate and hang an exhibition of his/her work alongside those of other graduating art majors.

 

Internships and Careers in Studio Arts

Students who complete the Studio Arts program may be employed or continue their education as:

  • Studio artists
  • Illustrators
  • Graphic artists
  • Photographers
  • Fashion designers
  • Interior designers
  • Art dealers
  • Advertisers
  • Cartoonists
  • Graduate school students
  • Learning Objectives

    By the end of their college education, Studio Arts students at Saint Vincent College will:

    • Know and be able to use studio art-based vocabulary.
    • Critique their own work as well as the work of others.
    • Identify stylistic characteristics.
    • Have acquired basic facility in a broad range of media.
    • Have acquired advanced facility in one medium.
    • Understand possible career paths.