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BA in Studio Art

BA Program Director: Liz Di Donna

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Art is a fundamental liberal arts program that enables students to cross cultural and disciplinary boundaries while cultivating critical, creative and independent thinkers. It seeks to provide students with training in the visual arts and to combine this with other discipline skills that prepare them for the workplace. By the end of the program, students will have achieved a well-rounded studio arts education fused with interdisciplinary academic interests as problem finders and problem solvers in arts-based inquiry.

Students can customize their learning experience to suit individual academic and career goals choosing among studio art focus areas, internship and other experiential learning opportunities, double majors and minors, and more.

Application window for 2024-2025 school year is now open

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Natalee Milton (BA 2018), Deep Breath, Oil on canvas

The BA in Studio Art program offers:

  • Focused coursework taught by dedicated and distinguished faculty with expertise in a diversity of media areas
  • Potential for double major, minor, certificates, study abroad, and more
  • Opportunities for advanced and individualized research
  • Visiting Artist Lecture Series featuring internationally acclaimed artists and curators
  • Opportunities for gallery exhibition and internships
  • A wide range of industry-standard technology, tools, and equipment
  • Dedicated computer and media labs with evening and weekend access

Program Requirements

For incoming freshmen, transfer students, or students who wish to change their major to studio art, there are no pre-requisites for declaring a BA in Studio Art. There is no portfolio review process. The minimum GPA is the university-required 2.0.

To receive a BA degree in Studio Art, students must successfully complete one hundred-twenty (120) credit hours. The credit hours will be divided among:

  • sixteen (16) credit hours in Foundations courses
  • thirty-six (36) credit hours in liberal studies
  • twenty-seven (27) credit hours of studio art and/or design courses including the completion of one focus area.  Students must declare their focus area by the time they reach 90 credit hours. BA Studio Art majors are required to complete ART4851 BA Opportunities in the Arts course in their junior year.
  • nine (9) credit hours of art history (ART2204C Contemporary Art Foundations counts toward this requirement)
  • at least thirty-two (32) credit hours in additional courses (including completing a foreign language through the 2220 level*)

*As beginners, students studying a foreign language will typically need to complete three courses (12 credit hours) at 1120, 1121, and 2220 levels. Please see your academic advisor for more information.

Current Department of Art BA Director: Liz Di Donna.


Notable BA Alumni

  • Natalia Martinez, BA Studio Art 2019, is currently an ArtistYear Fellow in Philadelphia
  • Blake Linquist, BA Studio Art 2019, is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture/Sustainability Design degree at University of Florida
  • Ashton Langrick, BA Studio Art 2018, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Art & Museum Studies at Georgetown University
  • Alexa Turnbull, BA Studio Art 2018, is currently earning her MFA at Western Carolina University
  • Drexton Redway, BA Studio Art/BS Marketing 2017, Idea Grant recipient, TEDx presenter and MAIP Fellow, is currently a Visual Designer for Famous Industries in San Francisco – NEWS
  • Mari Kyle, BA Studio Art 2015, received her MFA in the Interactive Media and Games Division at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She is currently Content Launch Manager at Oculus VR in California
  • More Studio Art Alumni Profiles

Rodnay Brewer, (BA 2019), Photo: Rodnay Brewer interns at Master Craftsman Studios