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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.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry, and/or Sculpture

A minimum of 57 credits is required, including the 27-credit Art Foundation Courses, 24 credits of Art electives (nine credits must be at the 300- or 400-level), and six credits of non-art supporting courses selected in consultation with an Art advisor.

Art Foundation Courses
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance (six semesters with “S” grade required)0
ART 119Foundation Drawing I3
ART 120Foundation Drawing II3
ART 171Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional3
ART 172Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART 173Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design3
ART 222Art History I3
ART 223Art History II3
ART 319Intermediate Drawing3
ART 400Artist's Portfolio/Senior Exhibition3
Total Credits27
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART 119Foundation Drawing I3
ART 171Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional3
ART 173Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design3
OR
Gen Ed/Minor
General Education or Minor course
ENG 102Academic Writing (GT-CO1)3
HWTR 100First Year Seminar1
MATH 105Mathematics for the Liberal Arts (GT-MA1)3
Credits16
Spring
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART 120Foundation Drawing II3
ART 172Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART 173Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design3
OR
Gen Ed/Minor
General Education or Minor course
COM 202Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2)3
OR
Gen Ed/Minor
General Education or Minor course
Gen Ed General Education3
Credits15
Year Two
Fall
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART 222Art History I3
COM 202Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2)3
OR
Gen Ed/Minor
General Education or Minor course
ART Intro Studio Art Course6
Gen Ed General Education3
Credits15
Spring
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART 223Art History II3
ART Intermediate Studio Course6
Gen Ed General Education6
Credits15
Year Three
Fall
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART 319Intermediate Drawing3
ART Intro/Advanced Studio Art Course3
Elective Supporting Non-Art course3
Gen Ed General Education6
Credits15
Spring
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART Intermediate/Advanced Studio Course6
Elective Supporting Non-Art course3
Gen Ed General Education6
Credits15
Year Four
Fall
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART Intro/Advanced Studio Art Course12
ART 400Artist's Portfolio/Senior Exhibition3
Credits15
Spring
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance0
ART Intermediate/Advanced Studio Course9
ART Intro/Advanced Art course6
Credits15
Total Credits121

Courses listed in the Fall are only offered in Fall. Courses listed in the Spring are only offered in the Spring. With the exception of ART 286 Introduction to Watercolor and ART 271 Typography and their Intermediate counterparts, Intro classes are exclusively offered in the Fall and Intermediate courses are offered exclusively in the Spring. Advanced offerings are available for all disciplines every semester.

ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance and ART 319 Intermediate Drawing are offered in both the Fall and the Spring.

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

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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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.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

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.

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.

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Department Information

Art Department

Department Chairperson

S. Chase Hutchison, MFA

Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art

Administrative Assistant

Anna Flynn

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.3093

970.943.2329

Campus Location

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

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