Studio Art

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Emphasis

Department

Art Department

Whether you want to pursue a career as an art teacher, painter, ceramicist or jeweler, the Studio Art emphasis will expose you to a variety of media and techniques, so you can chart your own creative course.

Program Overview

Unlock your artistic potential in studio arts.

In the Studio Art program, you’ll be exposed to a variety of mediums allowing you to choose to specialize in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture or Jewelry. Paired with a Bachelors of Arts in Art, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, while engaging with the widest selection of artistic practices. The Studio Art program is ideal if you wish to pursue interdisciplinary art media, commercial artistry (in a discipline other than graphic design) or double major in both Art and another discipline.

A passion for art

Pairing the Studio Art emphasis with a Bachelor of Arts in Art allows students to specialize in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture or Jewelry.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ART 119 Foundation Drawing I 3 View
ART 120 Foundation Drawing II 3 View
ART 171 Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional 3 View
ART 172 Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional 3 View
ART 222 Art History I 3 View
ART 223 Art History II 3 View
ART 319 Intermediate Drawing 3 View
ART 400 Artist’s Portfolio/Senior Exhibition 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

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Get Involved

Take your education beyond the classroom.

Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.

  • Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
  • Pathfinder Magazine: An annual publication for student creative work.
  • Student Art League: A branch of the Council for Creative expression, the Student Art League is dedicated to providing visual arts, experiences, professional development, educational opportunities and outreach for Art students.

Showcase your work

Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.

Department Information

Art Department

Department Chairperson

S. Chase Hutchison, MFA

Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art

Administrative Assistant

Becky Kenlon

Administrative Assistant

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 202
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231