Students working toward a degree in Studio Art are required to complete a number of foundational courses that help to lay the groundwork for a successful and rewarding study of art. Students must also select a concentration from the areas listed below.
The commercial design concentration explores graphic design, web design, interactive multimedia, 2-D animation, digital imaging, and illustration, as well as a focus on professional internships in the field. Recent students secured internships at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York City and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Students in commercial design courses have the opportunity to take on real projects, with recent clients including Macy’s, Little League International, and the American Cancer Society. Graduates of the program have moved on to careers as graphic designers, web designers, animators, interactive artists, and art directors.
Students may also pursue a web design and technologies minor, which focuses on the computer programming aspect of web design and animation.
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The generalist art concentration prepares students for Pennsylvania State Certification to teach art K-12, and includes a broad range of studio, art history, and education courses. Our graduates are teaching art across the country. Students interested in art therapy also choose the generalist concentration, usually combined with a major or minor in psychology to prepare for a graduate school program in art therapy.
The painting concentration encourages the development of strong painting skills, an exploration of old and new modes of representation, and an appreciation of independent, personal expression and experimentation. Students are introduced to a wide range of both traditional painting conventions and more contemporary practices.
The photography concentration explores traditional black-and-white, and digital photography, as well as alternative processes. Students gain experience working with 35mm, medium format, and large format film cameras; SLR and medium format digital cameras; and professional lighting equipment for both commercial and fine arts applications. Photography students can also choose to do a professional internship working in a photography studio.
Students will learn the skills necessary to pursue their interests in the field of photography, by learning the technical aspects of the medium, while developing their conceptual ideas and personal artistic style and vision.
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Printmaking introduces students to a wide range of traditional and non-traditional techniques, including monotype, relief, intaglio, collagraphy, lithography, and screen-printing, within a conceptual framework.
Sculpture students study a variety of approaches, processes, and materials, from traditional to contemporary, including metal casting, clay, wood, fiber, ceramics, and video installation, all with a focus on personal creative expression.