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The minor in Studio Art offers students the opportunity to pursue a course of study in ceramics, design, drawing, mixed media, painting, or photography. There are features of the minor program that resemble, in an abbreviated way, aspects of our majors studio program that we have found to be successful. The required Senior Minor Project class, for example, will function analogously to our major’s Senior Project. This curriculum of six courses is designed to encourage an in-depth investigation of one medium, rather than a generalized sampling of many. The course structure aims at having the individual student develop the artistic techniques and conceptual visual sensibility necessary for working as an artist today. Students are encouraged to declare the Studio Minor before their senior year. Students who are interested in declaring the Minor should contact the Minor Advisor, Professor Alston Conley.


The Studio Minor consists of six courses, for a total of 18 credits.

Two courses are required:

  • ARTS 1103 – Issues and Approaches to Studio Art (three credits; usually taken following completion of one of the Introductory courses listed below, and declaration of the Minor)
  • ARTS 3328 – Senior Minor Project (three credits; usually taken in the spring semester of senior year). In this class students will be expected to complete a significant thesis project.

One introductory level class (3 credits) to be selected from the following:

  • ARTS 1101 -- Drawing I (core)
  • ARTS 1102 -- Painting I (core)
  • ARTS 1104 -- Design: Seeing is Believing (core)
  • ARTS 1107 -- Design 1: Foundations (core)
  • ARTS 1141 -- Ceramics I
  • ARTS 1150 -- Painting Plus Collage (core)
  • ARTS 1155 -- Introduction to Digital Arts
  • ARTS 1161 -- Photography I
Students who completed ARTS 1108 - Introduction to Design in the spring semester of 2018 may count that as the introductory course required for the minor.

Three courses (3 credits each) from the Studio Art Course offerings in one of the following concentrations:

  • ceramics
  • design
  • drawing
  • mixed media
  • painting
  • photography

One of these three courses (3 credits) must be at the 3000 level, and a second (3 credits) at the 2000 or 3000 level.

Additional Stipulations for the Studio Art Minor

  • Students are allowed only one independent study in their field of concentration.
  • Courses to be counted for the minor must be taken for a grade (not pass/fail).
  • Students who wish to strengthen their minor are strongly encouraged to take additional classes from offerings in their field of concentration.

Additional Recommended Courses

The following courses will provide the Studio Art Minor with historical grounding and are strongly recommended:

  • ARTS 2211 -- Hot Off the Shelf
  • ARTH 2258 -- Twentieth Century Art
  • ARTH 2285 -- History of Photography
  • ARTH 3356 -- Art Since 1945


Professor Alston Conley, Minor Advisor
Devlin Hall 432