Studio Art Core


effective spring semester 2017

The Studio Art Core serves as the backbone of the Studio Art BFA and Interdisciplinary Art & Design AB degrees. Built upon core principles necessary for all studio art practices, it creates a shared culture of dialogue and interdisciplinary practice across all areas and studio practices within the School.

The core includes a year-long survey of art history, three introductory-level studio foundation courses, an intermediate course on the development of ideas and practice, and two upper-level courses in interdisciplinary thematic studio and professional practices.

The first-year Studio Foundation is an intensive, practice-based experience that establishes and develops a common visual vocabulary involving basic perceptual, conceptual, and intuitive skill, utilizing models from contemporary and modern art history. The program promotes imaginative critical thinking skills and self-discipline. Students engage in creative problem solving through conventional and unconventional media and techniques associated with a range of studio activity, and advance an understanding of and sensitivity towards the non-verbal language of art and design. Through a variety of experiences from rigorous classroom critiques and discussion, seminars, visiting artist lectures and exhibitions, first-year students are introduced to new ideas and practices and develop a critical acumen that prepares them for advanced study. Students become familiar with the major achievements in the history of art through lectures as well as studio activities. First year Studio Foundation courses include:

  • ARHI 2300 Art History I (taken in fulfillment of a Humanities and the Arts requirement of Area IV.  World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts, of the Franklin College Core)
  • ARHI 2400 Art History II (taken in fulfillment of a Humanities and the Arts requirement of Area IV.  World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts, of the Franklin College Core)
  • ARST 1050 Drawing I
  • ARST 1060 Color and Composition
  • ARST 1080 Three-Dimensional Design

At the intermediate level the Core engages the heart of creative practice through a course designed to explore how innovative ideas are generated and the numerous approaches to the working processes of artists. This practice-based course allows students to work with the media of their choice while working in an interdisciplinary studio addressing concepts and methods that are shared by all media.

  • ARST 2020 Ideation and Methodology

At the upper level the Core brings students from across the school together in shared dialogue through a studio course that explores one of a wide range of rotating themes and a professional practices course that provides the tools and professional connections to support student transitions beyond academia.

  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art & Design
  • ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices

* Students who have declared an Art Major prior to spring 2017 will complete the first-year Studio Foundation in lieu of Studio Art Core. See your advisor with questions.