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Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Creative Arts: Studio Art

Make art with a vision that matters.

Visual and creative arts majors in the studio arts program prepare to become creative agents for positive social change.

Why choose studio art at Marian?

You will begin by building a strong foundation in art with opportunities to grow your knowledge and skills in both two- and three-dimensional media. Access to our studio facilities 24/7 provides you with the flexibility and support to produce high-quality art in an appropriate environment. Working with practicing professional artist-teachers and art historians, you will engage the professional art world through visiting artists, tours of local artist's studios, and opportunities to participate in Indianapolis community art projects.

Our program assists you with developing a mission and vision for your art and articulating how it interacts with the world. Advanced studies culminate with a senior exhibition, professional communication materials, and a comprehensive portfolio ready for graduate school application or a professional position in an arts organization.

What will I study?

Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Creative Arts: Studio Arts

Foundation studio courses (12 credits)

  • ART 110 Drawing and Design I  (3 credits)
  • ART 120 Drawing and Design II  (3 credits)
  • ART 206 Design and Color Theory (3 credits)
  • ART 255 Photography I  (3 credits)

Art history courses (10 credits)

  • ARH 240 Survey of Western Art  (4 credits)
  • Two 300 level ARH courses  (6 credits)

Studio art courses (15 credits)

  • ART 201 Basic 3-D Design  (3 credits)
  • ART 221 Introduction to Painting  (3 credits)
  • ART 490 Senior Seminar  (1 credit)
  • ART 491 Senior Portfolio and Professional Practices  (2 credits)
  • Two Additional ART courses  (6 credits)

Recommended elective course

  • ART 460 Art Internship (3-6 credits)

The following portfolio reviews are required for continuation in the program:

  • Foundation portfolio review: Second semester sophomore year
  • Junior portfolio review: Second semester junior year
  • Senior portfolio review: Senior exhibition semester in senior year

Studio art sample four year plan (pdf)

Minor in Studio Art (25 credits)

  • ART 110 Drawing and Design I  (3 credits)
  • ART 120 Drawing and Design II  (3 credits)
  • ART 201 Basic 3-D Design  (3 credits)
  • ART 206 Design and Color Theory (3 credits)
  • ART 221 Introduction to Painting  (3 credits)
  • ARH 240 Survey of Western Art  (4 credits)
  • one upper-level art history course  (3 credits)
  • one upper-level art elective (3 credits)
  • Art education (when combined with education major)
  • Community art centers
  • Specialty art studios
  • Art publishing
  • Illustrator
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Independent Visual Artist (freelance, commission)

Accredited off campus courses

Marian University Visual and Communication Arts majors may take up to 12 credits of pre-approved activities courses at the Indianapolis Art Center for application to their degree at Marian University. These are courses not normally offered at Marian University.

Professional studio arts opportunities

VCA graduates pursuing a studio art career are valued by employers for their creativity, critical thinking abilities, problem solving-skills, and resourcefulness. Here is a small sampling of possible careers paths you can pursue upon graduating from Marian.

Meet your faculty

  • Jenny Ambroise
    Jenny Ambroise, M.F.A.
    Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
    (317) 955-6266
    jambroise@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 2nd Floor
  • Crystal Vicars-Pugh
    Crystal Vicars-Pugh, M.F.A.
    Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
    Director, Marian University Art Galleries
    (317) 955-6665
    cvicarspugh@marian.edu
    Caretaker's Cottage, 1st Floor

For more information

Department of Visual and Creative Arts
(317) 955-6381
vca@marian.edu

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