The School of Art offers a comprehensive list of sequence options for a student interested in Studio Arts. The following are offered as areas of specialization: Ceramics, Drawing, Expanded Media, Glass, Printmaking, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Video, and Wood / Metal Design.
Following a first year foundations curriculum, students can choose a sequence within an individual studio. Within each sequence, faculty are actively engaged in introducing students to various technical skills and ideas specific to that discipline. The cohesive sequencing of courses within each studio area allows the student to build skills and knowledge towards a highly sophisticated level of work in that field of exploration.
The ceramics program offers a diverse approach to the materials and processes involved in the production of ceramic art.
The drawing program promotes students' aesthetic and personal development as well as critical and historical understanding of drawing within the visual arts and our culture.
Expanded Media courses focus on the creation, installation, and critique of studio artworks using a range of computer technologies and digital fabrication tools.
Glass coursework involves committing to the development of a clear personal vision in a wide range of material manipulation techniques including glassblowing, flame working, and more.
The painting program fosters a broad range of approaches to media and ideas. Students learn the principles and practices of painting as a discipline of visual inquiry.
The photography program emphasizes the development of technical and conceptual skills, the shaping of a personal esthetic and a solid grounding in contemporary critical theory.
The printmaking program is made up of three parts: intaglio, lithography, and Normal Editions Workshop, each with its own faculty/staff and space.
The sculpture program fosters a spirit of experimentation and encourages both strong technical skills and critical thinking.
Classes in video emphasize creative thinking in a time-based medium. We place primary importance on aesthetic and emphasize a historical understanding of the medium's place within our culture.
Wood-Metal Design is primarily concerned with the hand-built piece that maintains the relationship to materials and techniques that are essential to human expression in this discipline.