Studio Arts

The Studio Arts major was designed to provide maximum flexibility for students wishing to explore many different media. With more than half of the studio courses as studio electives, students can focus on course sequences that best fit their own artistic and professional goals.

Students who successfully complete this program will:
  • Develop proficiency in tools and techniques conducive to a professional art practice.
  • Cultivate excellent observation skills as well as a strong understanding of art and design principles.
  • Create a cohesive body of work that is well considered and conceptually rigorous.
  • Employ a vocabulary for critique and presentation.

Degree Requirements

All bachelor degree seeking students take the General Education Program. Fine arts students select a concentration in ceramics, drawing, painting. or photography as well as studio courses outside of their concentration for electives.

Download an outline for how a four year sequence might look for each major.

Requirement Hours
General Education Program 32*
Art Core Requirements 30
Studio Arts Concentration (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, or Photography) 21
Art Studio Electives 33
General Electives 6
Total Hours Required 122
Notes:

* The Art Core contains three art history courses that satisfy requirements in the GEP.

Elective Requirements

Art Studio electives: Choose 24 hours of ARTG and/or ARTS.

General electives: Choose 6 hours of courses other than ART.

Studio Concentration

Students choose one of the following concentrations for 21 credit hours in their area of specialization:

Ceramics

Shawnee State has an excellent concentration in CERAMICS, affording strong foundations in both functional and sculptural techniques leading to the more individualized approaches suitable for gallery, graduate school, and/or commercial production experiences. The program features a fully equipped studio suite of six rooms, including computer controlled gas and electric kilns and electric wheels.

Ceramics and Sculpture
ARTS 2411 Ceramics 1 3
ARTS 2412 Ceramics 2 3
ARTS 3411 Intermediate Ceramics 1 3
ARTS 3412 Intermediate Ceramics 2 3
ARTS 3431 Raku Ceramics 3
ARTS 3421 Porcelain Ceramics 3
ARTS 3433 Glaze Theory and Practice 3
ARTS 3425 Tile Making 3
ARTS 3423 Mold Making 3
ARTS 3427 Low Fire Ceramics 3
ARTS 4431 Advanced Raku Ceramics 3
ARTS 4421 Advanced Porcelain Ceramics 3
ARTS 4433 Advanced Glaze Theory and Practice 3
ARTS 2441 Sculpture 1 3
ARTS 2442 Sculpture 2 3
ARTS 3441 Intermediate Sculpture 1 3
ARTS 3442 Intermediate Sculpture 2 3
ARTS 4441 Advanced Sculpture 1 3
ARTS 4442 Advanced Sculpture 2 3
ARTS 3451 Small Model Sculpture 3

Drawing

DRAWING is the heart of all the visual arts, the most direct and fundamental indicator of visual literacy in any medium. Through a broad spectrum of drawing materials and approaches, we encourage high levels of achievement in this core discipline as the basis for enhanced perceptual awareness and more fully informed studio work.

Drawing and Illustration
ARTS 2211 Drawing 1 3
ARTS 2212 Drawing 2 3
ARTS 3211 Intermediate Drawing 1 3
ARTS 3212 Intermediate Drawing 2 3
ARTS 4211 Advanced Drawing 1 3
ARTS 4212 Advanced Drawing 2 3
ARTS 2221 Life Drawing 1 3
ARTS 2222 Life Drawing 2 3
ARTS 3221 Intermediate Life Drawing 1 3
ARTS 3222 Intermediate Life Drawing 2 3
ARTS 4221 Advanced Life Drawing 1 3
ARTS 4222 Advanced Life Drawing 2 3
ARTS 2711 Illustration 1 3
ARTS 2712 Illustration 2 3

Painting

PAINTING is a core discipline with a rich history. Both representational and nonobjective approaches in a variety of painting media are explored to equip students with both the technical skills and creative vision required for an authoritative body of work. Our third floor Waller Painting Suite has 25-foot high north facing windows and an additional outdoor area for good weather painting.

Painting
ARTS 2311 Painting 1 3
ARTS 2312 Painting 2 3
ARTS 3311 Intermediate Painting 1 3
ARTS 3312 Intermediate Painting 2 3
ARTS 4311 Advanced Painting 1 3
ARTS 4312 Advanced Painting 2 3
ARTS 3321 Figure Painting 1 3
ARTS 3322 Figure Painting 2 3
ARTS 4321 Advanced Figure Painting 1 3
ARTS 4322 Advanced Figure Painting 2 3
ARTS 3331 Watercolor 1 3
ARTS 3332 Watercolor 2 3
ARTS 4331 Advanced Watercolor 1 3
ARTS 4332 Advanced Watercolor 2 3

Photography

Photography is devoted to educating new artists in a contemporary world where photographic imagery and new representations of media inform and define our everyday experiences. Photographs cross boundaries between cultures, arts and individual personalities. Our program attempts to encourage development of the student through a range of courses from basic to advanced, historical to contemporary, analog to digital, and an array of critical concerns. Students will grow through technical and creative allocations, and various technologies that have redefined photographic imaging in the 21st century.

Painting
ARTS2511 Photography 1 3
ARTS2512 Photography 2 3
ARTS2513 Digital Darkroom 3
ARTS3531 Documentary Photography 1 3
ARTS3532 Documentary Photography 2 3
ARTS3533 Studio Photography 1 3
ARTS3534 Studio Photography 2 3
ARTS3541 Portrait Photography 1 3
ARTS3542 Portrait Photography 2 3
ARTS3561 Nature Photography 1 3
ARTS3562 Nature Photography 2 3
ARTS3591 Photojournalism Practicum 1 3
ARTS3592 Photojournalism Practicum 2 3
ARTS3622 Digital Video 1 3

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