Studio Art Minor

The Studio Art Minor consists of five courses at different levels plus Gallery Event and Museum Attendance. Students minoring in studio art may choose from courses like drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, art history and modern art.

Reasons to join us

  • Experienced and committed faculty who are also active professionally in their respective fields
  • Small class sizes that ensure intensive, individualized guidance in your creative and academic development
  • Exceptional facilities to learn and work.
  • Professional experience gained through internships.
  • Travel to some of the most renowned museums and galleries in the United States.
  • Opportunities to exhibit your work on campus in one of the many student gallery locations.
  • Apply your skills by getting involved in organizations on and off campus.


See Student Work to see examples from Simpson studio art majors.

Recent Jobs & Internships 
  • American Enterprise Group, Art Institute of Chicago, Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Event Center, Meredith Corporation, Museum of Modern Art - New York and numerous freelance artists nationally to name a few.
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Career Paths
A minor in Studio Art from Simpson can launch you directly into many creative professions or  lead to entry into graduate-level programs from other institutions,  necessary for certain career paths in the arts.

  • professional artist
  • art therapy
  • illustrator
  • commercial photographer
  • art gallery curator, owner
  • art critic
  • interior designer

Core Courses Required:

  • ART 001 Gallery Event and Museum Attendance (Must complete every semester)
  • ART 121 Basic Drawing
  • ART 131 Foundations of Design
Studio Art-Choose two courses from the following:
  • ART 122 Drawing I
  • ART 222 Drawing II
  • ART 175 Painting I
  • ART 275 Painting II
  • ART 136 Graphic Design I
  • ART 236 Graphic Design II
  • ART 155 Photography I
  • ART 255 Photography II
 Art History-Choose one course from the following:
  • ART 201 Prehistoric to Renaissance
  • ART 202 Renaissance to 19th Century
  • ART 203 Modern Art
  • ART 204 Non-Western Art
  • ART 205 Art since 1940
  • ART 206 History of Design

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