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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art and Design (Studio Art)

Make Art with a Vision that Matters

Prepare to become a creative agent 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, 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 you study?

Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design (Studio Art)

Core Courses (18 credits)
  • ART 106 Foundations of Art & Design
  • ART 255 Photography and the Moving Image
  • ARH 235 Global Art History I
  • ARH 236 Global Art History II
  • ART 490 MDC Capstone: Influence & Impact
Choose one:
  • ARH 344 The Modern World:  Artist’s Voices Heard
  • ARH 346 The Contem­porary Scene
 Studio Art (27 credits)
  • ART 110 Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 130 Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 200 Sculptural Principles
  • ART 221 Introduction to Painting
  • ART 491 Senior Portfolio & Professional Practice
Choose four:
  • ART 137 Printmaking and Book Arts
  • ART 203 Ceramics I
  • ART 210 Intermediate Drawing
  • ART 321 Intermediate Painting
  • ART 331 Art + Design Ideas
  • ART 380 Advanced Special Topics in Art & Design
  • ART 472 Techniques for Teaching Art (Required)
  • ART 480 Advanced Special Topics in Art & Design
 The following portfolio reviews are required for continuation in the program:
  • Foundation Process Book (ART 106, ART 110, and ART 130)
  • Junior Review (ART 331)
  • Senior Review (ART 491)


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