Studio Art Major


Simpson Art Department offers traditional studio art courses in Drawing, Painting, and Photography. Students who major in Studio Art choose a discipline to focus in and then take at least two courses from this area, plus additional Studio Courses. Graduates can develop a career in fine arts or enter a graduate program within a chosen discipline.

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

Core Courses Required:

  • ART 001 Gallery Event and Museum Attendance (required each semester) (0 Credits)
  • ART 0XX Junior Art Portfolio (must complete by end of third year)
  • ART 121 Basic Drawing (4 Credits)
  • ART 131 Foundations of Design (4 Credits)
  • ART 310 Advanced Studio: Idea Development (must be completed by end of third year) (4 Credits)


Art History

  • ART 205 Art Since 1945 (4 Credits)

One Course from the following:

  • ART 201 Prehistoric to Renaissance (4 Credits)
  • ART 202 Renaissance to 19th Century (4 Credits)
  • ART 203 Modern Art (4 Credits) 
  • ART 204 Non-Western Art (4 Credits)
  • ART 206 History of Design (4 Credits)


Studio Courses

Take at least two courses in one area chosen from: Drawing, Painting, or Photography. 


Studio Electives

Option A: Without Internship

  • 3 Additional Studio Courses (12 Credits)

Option B: With Internship

  • 2 Additional Studio Courses (8 Credits)

Studio Electives are as follows:

  • ART 122 Drawing I
  • ART 222 Drawing II
  • ART 322 Drawing III
  • ART 175 Painting I
  • ART 275 Painting II
  • ART 375 Painting III
  • ART 155 Photography I
  • ART 255 Photography II
  • ART 355 Photography III
  • ART 136 Graphic Design I
  • ART 236 Graphic Design II
  • ART 336 Graphic Design III

The Studio Art Major can take 2 additional studio courses from any of the areas, including Graphic Design (If the Studio Art major elects to complete an internship, only 2 additional studio courses can be taken from any of the areas). Only 2 courses may be taken from Graphic Design for the Studio Art Major. 

Any student wishing to complete 3 Graphic Design courses (ART 136, 236, 336) must complete the Graphic Design Major.


Capstone Courses

Option A: Without Internship

  • ART 385 Senior Seminar (4 Credits)

Option B: With Internship

  • ART 319 Internship in Art (4 Credits)
  • ART 385 Senior Seminar (4 Credits)


Total Credits for Studio Art Major: 44 Credits



Success Stories

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