Art-Studio Art


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Department Head: Colin McLain
Advising Coordinator:  Amber Bergthold
Phone: 479-788-7574
Department Website: Art and Graphic Design

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans:

Major and Minor

The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art allows you to study visual art and to develop a basic skill set in design, color, drawing, and a variety of media. The program consists of intensive study of art history, providing students with a strong knowledge of the history and vocabulary of the visual arts. A number of liberal arts and humanities courses will expand your knowledge of self, history, and contemporary society. These courses will help you to better express yourself through your art.

The minor in studio art is a structured selection of courses by which a student can enrich his or her academic preparation. The minor complements a major by broadening the student’s academic experience. 

What can you do with a degree in Studio Art?

  • Artist
  • Curator/archivist
  • Art/antiques dealer
  • Teacher
  • Visual merchandiser/display designer
  • Illustrator
  • Cartoonist
  • Freelancer
  • Muralist
  • Art consultant
  • Art appraiser 

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Why should you choose to major/minor in Studio Art?

  • Prepares students for upper level courses by a foundations course with emphasis on comprehensive design and drawing skills.
  • Has qualified faculty teaching foundation and upper level courses.
  • Has faculty who advise, instruct and guide students to produce portfolios of innovative work and personal vision.
  • Provides a curriculum of studio courses, lecture courses and opportunities to enrich and enhance student’s experience and knowledge of visual art, art history, language and culture.
  • Allows a student to practice the role of artist and designer in various ways by their ability to identify and solve problems.
  • Develops creative and critical thinking skills, by application of methods, materials and concepts to the end of personal, visual expression.
  • Encourages students to study, participate in presentations, visit galleries and museums, attend workshops, interact with visiting artists, apply for internships, and exhibit.
  • Prepares students for acceptance into graduate programs.
  • Prepares students to become fine artists.

Special Application Procedures:

A portfolio is required for admission in the B.A. in Studio Art program. This portfolio will contain examples of work from the required foundations curriculum and will demonstrate proficiency in all classes. Contact the chair of the art department for specifics concerning this requirement.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

Alumni are Employed with:

  • Disney
  • Adult Swim
  • South Park
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • Art Institute of Seattle
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Future School of Fort Smith
  • Daktronics Creative Services
  • Van Buren Center for Art and Education
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art