Future Student Info: Studio Art

The Studio Art major at the University of Mary Washington fosters artistic and scholarly connections through creative inquiry and analytical problem solving. Exploration fuels the creative mind and our studio “incubators” provide technical expertise while embracing risk-taking and conceptual development.  Students learn and work in well-equipped studios that focus on a variety of disciplines, including Digital Media, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.  Faculty members who are actively exhibiting artists, researchers and dedicated teachers lead each discipline, and our flexible curriculum supports a more interdisciplinary approach to thinking about and making art.

UMW’s location between Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia provides students with ample resources to experience top quality artwork in person, and to undertake optional internships and apprenticeships in the field.  Visiting artist lectures and field trips support our commitment to visual and cultural literacy and our faculty members work closely with students to better understand the impact of art and technology in the professional world.  The UMW Galleries bring exciting exhibitions and events to campus while advancing the educational goals of the University through the collection, exhibition, and interpretation of works of art.  The course of study culminates in a student-organized senior exhibition (or exit portfolio) that highlights the work of our majors while adding to the cultural life of the university and the greater Fredericksburg community.

What Does One Do With A Degree in Studio Art?

A degree in Studio Art at UMW prepares students to become active artists, creative thinkers, and engaged citizens. Our graduates are successful professional artists, teachers, university professors, gallery owners and graphic designers.  Many earn MFA degrees at competitive institutions like Florida State, Virginia Commonwealth and Penn State Universities.  Others go on to apply what they have learned to careers in film, art therapy, furniture design, and arts management to name a few.  The studio art major provides a foundation of creative problem solving, idea generation, studio technique and critical discourse that prepares students for success in whatever field they pursue.


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 Office Manager, Peige Keller, at pkeller@umw.edu