Future Student Info: Studio Art

The Studio Art major teaches technical skills, increases aesthetic sensibilities, and advances the student’s individual development primarily in the areas of ceramics, drawing, painting, multiple imaging (printmaking, photography, and digital imaging), and sculpture/time-based media (performance, video and animation.) Upper-level students are encouraged to explore personal approaches and technical skills specific to their area of interest.  Studies for the advanced student focus on conceptual approaches to artistic problems. Individual Study students are self-motivated in their studio practice and mentored by all full-time studio faculty through mid-term and final critiques.  Internships are also available and offer students professional experience outside the classroom. Studio Art majors culminate their studies with the capstone course, ARTS 474: Professional Practices in Studio Art and a group exhibit in duPont Gallery or by submission of a senior exit portfolio.


What Does One Do With A Degree in Studio Art?

Well, the beauty of it is that it can largely be determined by you. Through the course of your studies, you’ll be encouraged to develop your technical ability, critical thinking skills, aesthetic understanding, and problem solving capacity. These capabilities have enabled graduates of the studio art program to go on to careers in fine art, commercial art, education, business, and more.

Graduates of Studio Art

Studio Art graduates have entered graduate programs at:

San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA)
Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)
Carnegie Mello University (Pittsburg, PA)
The College of the Redwoods (Eureka, CA)
Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida)
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
George Washington University (Washington, DC)
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
Mills College (Oakland, CA)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Penn State University (University Park, PA)
Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)
Rutgers (New Brunswick, NJ)
Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
SUNY (Albany, NY)
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR)
University of Dundee (Dundee, Scotland)
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

Internships, Residencies, & Jobs

Recent graduates have received internships or employment at/as:

Careers and graduate programs are covered in ARTS 474: Professional Practices in Studio Art


More Information

Have a specific question about the Studio Art program at UMW, or just wondering how to get started? Please contact the Department of Art and Art History Chair, Jon McMillan, at jmcmilla@umw.edu