Course of Study

Discover your unique voice through a rigorous process of training, questioning and discovery.

Students can pursue a broad education in Fine Art or focus on Painting and Illustration. All students can simultaneously pursue a Designmatters minor in Social Innovation. We foster an intimate community of artists who develop the tools to excel in the global art world through collaboration, experimentation and risk taking.

Summer Program

The undergraduate Fine Art Department also runs a unique program in the Summer, which is modeled on the artist residency. Designed to provide artists with space and time to focus intensely on their work, all Fine Art students enrolled in the Summer term are assigned one of our forty-five artist studios while taking a selection of intensive student-led courses for eight weeks of in-class instruction and six weeks of independent studio time or individually-directed experience.

Curriculum is subject to change.

For students entering Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023

Fine Art Track

TERM 1
Intro to Modernism 3
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Re-Thinking Art 3
One on One A 1
Design 1 (PHO/ART) OR Design 1 (FIL) OR Design 1 (ADT, ILL, GPK) 3
Materials of Art and Design 3
TERM 2
History course 3
Take two of the following: Painting 1 OR Sculpture 1 OR Drawing 1 OR Installation 1 OR Social Practice 1 OR Video 1 OR Basics of Photography 6
Studio Practice 3
One on One B 1
TERM 3
History of Art 3 3
Take two of the following: Sculpture 1 OR Painting 1 OR Drawing 1 OR Installation 1 OR Social Practice 1 OR Video 1 OR Basics of Photography 6
One on One C 1
TERM 4
Art of Thinking: Philosophy 3
Art: Structure and Systems 3
Visiting Artist Program OR Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar 3
TERM 5
Literature courses 3
5th Term Review 3
Studio art courses 3
TERM 6
Creative Writing Course 3
Body of Work 3
Transdisciplinary Studio 3
TERM 7
Professional Practices for Artists 3
Senior Projects 1 3
Senior Projects Thesis 1 0
Studio art courses 3
TERM 8
Senior Projects 2 3
Senior Projects Thesis 2 0
Studio art courses 3
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Sciences electives:
Social Sciences 3
Science and Technology 3
Any of the above OR Humanities OR Business and Professional Practice 15
Studio Electives 18
TOTAL
Total H&S Units 45
Total Studio Units 75
Total Required Units 120

Painting and Illustration Track

TERM 1
Intro to Modernism 3
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Re-Thinking Art 3
One on One A 1
Drawing Concepts 1 3
Design 1 (PHO/ART) OR Design 1 (FIL) OR Design 1 (ADT, ILL, GPK) 3
TERM 2
History course 3
Painting 1 3
One on One B 1
Composition and Drawing 3
Basics of Photography OR Sculpture 1 OR Installation 1 OR Video 1 3
Materials of Art and Design 3
TERM 3
History of Art 3 3
Studio Practice 3
One on One C 1
Drawing for Illustration OR Analytical Figure Drawing 3
Basics of Photography OR Sculpture 1 OR Installation 1 OR Video 1 3
TERM 4
Art of Thinking: Philosophy 3
Art: Structure and Systems 3
Visiting Artist Program OR Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar 3
Illustrative Storytelling 3
TERM 5
Humanities Course 3
5th Term Review 3
TERM 6
Writing Course 3
Body of Work 3
Transdisciplinary Studio 3
TERM 7
Professional Practices for Artists 3
Senior Projects 1 3
Senior Projects Thesis 1 0
TERM 8
Senior Projects 2 3
Senior Projects Thesis 2 0
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Sciences electives:
Social Sciences 3
Science and Technology 3
Any of the above OR Humanities OR Business and Professional Practice 15
Studio Electives 18
TOTAL
Total H&S Units 45
Total Studio Units 75
Total Required Units 120

Designmatters Minor

Fine Art Curriculum Map Requirements: 18 credits
H+S Requirements 6 credits
Humanities and Sciences Electives (2) – Terms 5-8
Choose any two from a list of 15 to 20 H&S classes appropriate for Designmatters.
Studio Requirements 6 credits
ART-204 Art: Structure and Systems – Term 2
ART: Social Practice 1 – Terms 2-4
Designmatters Requirements 6 credits
TDS-TBD: Designmatters Real-World TDS -- Terms 6-8
ART-243: Socially Engaged Art (sponsored project) – Terms 6-8
Senior Projects
In addition, one of the two solo Senior Project presentations must be based around a project originating in the work done in Designmatters.