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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art

studio art degree.

Leave your mark.

Step into the indefinable world of art. A place where you can take a piece of who you are, a dream, a thought, a feeling – or a piece of the world you see around you—and set that expression free through the tip of a pencil, the stroke of a paintbrush, a block of clay or the lens of a camera.

As a studio art major in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at William Woods University, you will have the opportunity to dive into any discipline of visual art you wish to explore, whether it be drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, or something else. Learn where art has been throughout history and how it’s grown, and discover where you can take it next.

Special opportunities

  • Through our diverse curriculum for the studio arts degree you will have the opportunity to experience all disciplines of art and discover one, or several, you are passionate about
  • Gain hands on experience through your coursework as well as the many clubs and organizations on campus
  • Get involved with Thriving Artists Group (TAG) and spend time creating and appreciating art with like-minded peers
  • Collaborate with writers to add a touch of art and visual beauty to student publication, Hoot Campus Magazine
  • Use your art to advocate for a cause you believe in and make a statement by joining groups on campus that are fighting for a greater good, like Multicultural Affairs Club or Students for Social Work
  • Work side by side with your professors throughout courses as they assist you in designing and constructing your professional portfolio
  • Through the Student Portfolio Program, faculty and professionals in the art field will review your portfolio once a year, offering their feedback and guidance to get you real world ready

Our Fine Arts degree in Studio Art at Work

Pursue an exciting career as a/an:

  • Professional artist
  • Book illustrator
  • Visual effects animator
  • Museum curator
  • Cartoonist
  • Sculptor
  • Art critic
  • Textile designer
  • Storyboard artist
  • Art teacher
  • And more

Alumni Perspectives

"The art program was a great experience for me. The classes were small and the professors really cared about the students. This program helped me to grow as an artist."

Jennifer Costello, BFA in Studio Art Degree graduate , founder and owner of Arctic Cards, LLC, in St. Louis, Mo.

"William Woods enabled me to academically achieve- to gain a higher level of knowledge in fine arts, photography and business administration, which prepared me to excel in the professional world. The Woods taught me how to find balance in weaving academic, athletic and social interests into my life. The relationships I developed with my instructors and staff enabled me to be dedicated to my academics. The intimate class setting was a positive for me because I could ask questions, feel that I added something to the class as an individual and knew that if I needed extra help the instructor was always available to assist me. The knowledge I gained is invaluable. It has enabled me to develop interpersonal relationships with confidence."

Maggie Stolzberg, BFA in Studio Art Degree graduate , photographer and owner of Maggie Stolzberg Studios, in St. Louis, Mo. and Boca Raton, Fla.

Requirements/Curriculum

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 37 core major credits and 33 required elective credits in studio art and art history.

Courses you may take

ART 105 - Basic Design -A - 3.00

Students will study the elements and principles of composition as applied to two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms. A wide range of materials and techniques will be covered. For non-art majors. (Lab fee)

ART 109 or ART 208 - Sculpture I - 3.00

A hands-on exploration of 3 dimensional media, materials, theory, and concepts. (Lab fee)

ART 110 - Drawing I -A - 3.00

A basic study of drawing techniques and concepts. (Lab fee)

ART 206 or ART 117 - Painting I -A or Painting I - 3.00

Introduction to basic painting media, techniques, and theory through the use of still life, landscape, and the figure. (Lab fee) or Introduction to basic painting media, techniques, and theory through the use of still life, landscape, and the figure. (Lab fee) Prerequisite: ART110

ART 121 or ART 220 - Water-based Painting or Water-based Painting I -A - 3.00

This is an introduction to basic techniques of painting with water based paint. Students will recognize transparent watercolor, opaque watercolor, tempera and acrylic painting techniques of a variety of famous artists. The student will reproduce various techniques used by and demonstrated by the professors and show evidence of mastery in their own projects. (Lab fee) or This is an introduction to basic techniques of painting with water based paint. Students will recognize transparent watercolor, opaque watercolor, tempera and acrylic painting techniques of a variety of famous artist. The student will reproduce various techniques used by and demonstrated by the professors and show evidence of mastery in their own projects. (Lab fee)

ART 207 - Painting II - 3.00

Continued development of the theory, technique, and principles of painting through still life, landscape, and the figure. (Lab fee) Prerequisite: ART 117

ART 211 or ART 111 - Drawing II - 3.00

An introduction to figure drawing with continued exploration. (Lab fee) Prerequisite: ART110 or An introduction to figure drawing and a continuation of exploration. (Lab fee)

ART 230 - Art History: Prehistory to Renaissance - 3.00

A study of sculpture, painting, architecture, and the minor arts from prehistory to the Renaissance. The main focus is the placement of the art of each period within the society by which it was produced.

ART 231 - Art History: Renaissance to Today - 3.00

A study of sculpture, painting, architecture, and the minor arts from the Renaissance to contemporary times. The main focus is the placement of the art of each period within the society by which it was produced. ART 230 is not required.

ART 310 - Drawing III - 3.00

Advanced study in figure drawing. (Lab fee) Prerequisite: ART 211

ART 210 or ART 350 - Portfolio Development or Professional Practice - 1.00 or 3.00

Designed to introduce students to the importance, concept, and production of a professional art portfolio. During the course students produce both a conventional and an electronic portfolio of their work. Prerequisite: ART 105 or Designed to introduce students to the importance, concept, and production of a professional art portfolio. During the course students produce both a conventional and an electronic portfolio of their work in preparation for careers in art and graphic design. Prerequisite: ART103 or ART105

ART 470 - Senior Practicum - 1.00

This capstone course includes production of independent work which will be exhibited during the Senior Show; participation in planning and mounting the Senior Show; a self-assessment report; and presentation of a Senior portfolio. Should be taken last semester of senior year.

Curriculum


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