Studio Art Major

Studio Art teaches the fundamental concepts of design, materials, and tools of the fine arts. Develop skills in controlling media and to work creatively.
Create works in many different media including drawing, painting, and photography. You will be able to exhibit your work in one of the many student galleries throughout campus.

Reasons to join us

  • Be taught by experienced faculty that are active in the arts and art community.
  • Travel to some of the most renowned galleries and museums across the United States.
  • Exceptional facilities to learn and work.
  • Display your work on campus in one of the many student gallery locations.
  • Apply your skills by getting involved in organizations on and off campus.
  • Gain practical experience through internships.


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

Career Paths

  • Artist
  • Painter
  • Sculptor
  • Graphic Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Teacher
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Gallery Owner
  • Art Critic
  • Curator
  • Interior Design
  • Art Historian

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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Core Courses Required:

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

 Art History

  • ART 205 Art Since 1945 (4 Credits)

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 206 History of Design

Kyle Blevins ’89- Professional Photographer

“I felt more confident in fine art, and it was a little more solitary. It allowed me to really focus my attention without distractions.”

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
Option B: With Internship
  • 2 Additional Studio Courses
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)