Studio Art

The making of art is a complex practice informed both by a mindfulness of art history and one’s own experience as a vehicle for self-expression.

As a studio art major at Emmanuel, you will transform from “student of art” to “artist” and develop the creative, technical and conceptual aspects for both traditional and new media. Emmanuel’s broad array of studio courses including drawing, 2D and 3D design, ceramics, printmaking, photography, painting and digital media presents opportunities to develop the technical skills necessary for students to problem solve creatively and develop a personal vision.

Major Requirements

View the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. in Studio Art

  • ART1204 History of Western Art (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART1401 Drawing I (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART1407 Visual Language for Design and Communication (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2215 Modern Art (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2402 Drawing II (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2403 Design and Composition (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2433 3D Form Studies (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART3403 Drawing III: Advanced Projects
  • ART4417 Senior Studio
  • Two electives selected in consultation with department advisor
  • Non-credit written thesis and senior exhibition

Minor Requirements

View the  2020-2021 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

  • ART2215 Modern Art (AI-A)(VCI) or another art history course in consultation with art advisor
  • ART1401 Drawing I A(AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2402 Drawing II (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2403 Design and Compisition 

And two of the following: 

  • ART2411 Introduction to Printmaking 
  • ART3101 Painting 
  • ART3403 Drawing III: Advanced Projects 

Learning Goals & Outcomes

The studio art program is designed to:

  • Introduce and develop the conceptual and technical aspects of the studio arts in both traditional and new media
  • Guide students in choosing their appropriate medium and developing the technical and conceptual proficiency in that medium
  • Develop the ability to evaluate artwork through art history courses, class critiques, writing, and viewing original works in museums, galleries and artists' studios
  • Prepare students to pursue their own creative direction in the future

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