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 (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 (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. 


1. Drawing

  • ART 122 Drawing 1 (4 Credits)
  • ART 222 Drawing 2 (4 Credits)
  • ART 322 Drawing 3 (4 Credits)

2. Painting

  • ART 175 Painting 1 (4 Credits)
  • ART 275 Painting 2 (4 Credits)
  • ART 375 Painting 3 (4 Credits)

3. Photography

  • ART 155 Photography 1 (4 Credits)
  • ART 255 Photography 2 (4 Credits)
  • ART 355 Photography 3 (4 Credits)

4. Graphic Design

  • ART 136 Graphic Design 1 (4 Credits)
  • ART 236 Graphic Design 2 (4 Credits)

Studio Art Major can take three additional courses from the courses listed above.

The Studio Art Major can repeat one upperlevel class in Drawing, Painting, or Photography one time in order to complete three studio courses in a given fine arts area. Any student wishing to complete three Graphic Design courses must complete the Graphic Design major.


Studio Electives

Option A: Without Internship

  • 3 Additional Studio Courses (12 Credits)

Option B: With Internship

  • 2 Additional Studio Courses (8 Credits)

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. 

The Studio Art Major can repeat 1 upper level class in Drawing, Painting, or Photography one time in order to complete 3 studio courses in a given fine arts area. 

Any studentwishing to complete 3 Graphic Design courses (ART 139, 239, 339) 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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