Studio Art

The Department of Art & Design at Anna Maria College offers a modern comprehensive program in Studio Art within a vibrant liberal arts college curriculum.  Through a multi-disciplined curriculum, the Studio Art major develops essential skills in various media through intensive studio courses students create a framework on which to build their academic and artistic careers. Students may select to concentrate in Painting, Photography, Sculpture, or Videography. The Studio Art program prepares students for a wide range of art-related career options or graduate study in Fine Art or Art Education.

Upon completion of a BA in the Studio Art Program, students will gain: 

  • Functional competence with principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensions; color theory and its applications; and drawing
  • Perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at a professional entry level in their chosen field(s)
  • Familiarity with the historical achievements, current major issues, processes, and directions of their field(s)
  • The ability to analyze works of art/design perceptively and to evaluate them critically
  • An understanding of the common elements and vocabulary of art/design and of the interaction of these elements, and be able to employ this knowledge in analysis
  • The ability to place works of art/design in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts
  • Working knowledge of technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of specialization
  • The ability to work independently on a variety of art and/or design problems by combining, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in studio, analysis, history, and technology
  • The ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively, and to communicate with precision, cogency, and rhetorical force
  • An informed acquaintance with the mathematical and experimental methods of the physical and biological sciences, and with the main forms of analysis the historical and quantitative techniques needed for investigating the workings and developments of modern society
  • An ability to address culture and history from a variety of perspectives
  • Understanding of, and experience in thinking about, moral and ethical problems
  • The ability to respect, understand, and evaluate work in a variety of disciplines
  • The capacity to explain and defend views effectively and rationally
  • Understanding of and experience in one or more art forms other than the visual arts and design.
  • A developed visual sensitivity
  • The technical skills, perceptual development, and understanding of principles of visual organization sufficient to achieve basic visual communication and expression in one or more media
  • Ability to make workable connections between concept and media
  • Some familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and the present, both in the Western and non-Western worlds
  • An understanding of the nature of contemporary thinking on art and design, and have gained at least a rudimentary discernment of quality in design projects and works of art