Studio Art majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Fundamentals of Design 1 (Art 101); Intro to Digital Design (ART 231) is suggested for those students interested in pursuing the Digital Art track
  2. A foreign language
  3. A course of your choosing

Through courses both within and outside the Department of Art, art majors are provided with a broad introduction to the humanities, as well as a sophisticated initiation into the practice, theory and appreciation of the arts. The major in the studio art program takes two courses each in the fundamentals of design, drawing and composition, and art history, followed by a three-course sequence in either painting, sculpture, or digital arts, plus two additional studio art electives. Studio art majors also take Contemporary Art History.

1 st Semester Courses

Students normally take five courses. You've already been registered for your two First-Year Experience Learning Community courses. That leaves three more courses for you to choose.

Within the Major:

Your art studio experience will begin with "Fundamentals of Design I" (Art 101). This studio course will help you develop an awareness and appreciation of the visual experience. As you assess your own visual language you will begin to develop visual value judgments.

"Intro to Digital Design" (Art 231) is suggested in place of Art 101 for those students interested in pursuing the Digital Art track.

Beyond the Major:

In addition, we recommend that you begin your studies of a foreign language since the language requirement must be fulfilled before or during any potential study abroad program.

Finally, explore the first-year course options and take a general elective course in a subject of your interest. Perhaps you will find a subject that is relevant to your artistic style and interests.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.