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Majors and Minors

The School of Fine Arts offers majors and minors in Music and Studio Art.

Majors Minors


Studio Art


Studio Art

Studio Art - Degree Requirements


Core Classes: 24 SH
The Core Classes are structured toward building student knowledge in terms of traditional art techniques
and art historical context and awareness.
ART 111 Art Appreciation ART 131 Drawing Studies I
ART 114 Art History Survey I ART 215 Art History Survey II
ART 121 2D Design ART 385 Art and the Human Experience
ART 122 3D Design ART 465 Issues of Contemporary Art


The Studies: 9 SH      
The Studies are media-specific coursework focused on intense exploration of art mediums. Students have
the freedom to decide on the medium(s) that suits their artistic visions. Two (2) Level I courses and one (1) level II course are required. Level II course will be based on choices made in Level I courses.
ART 231 Drawing Studies II ART 365 Digital Photography Studies
ART 307 Painting Studies I ART 407 Painting Studies II
ART 308 Sculpture Studies I ART 408 Sculpture Studies II
ART 315 Mixed Media Studies I ART 415 Mixed Media Studies II


Advanced Studio Practices 3 SH  

The Advanced Studio Practice course is based on personal viewpoints and ideas explored by each student through the medium of their choice and used for the works that will go into their Capstone Course (Senior Exhibition).

ART 425 Advanced Studio Practices


Capstone Course: 3 SH
The Capstone Course is the final required course in which students majoring in Studio Art will take. Coupled with their exhibition and professional portfolio, it counts as their Senior exit test from the University.
ART 497 Senior Exhibition    


Electives: 6 SH
The Electives are to be used toward complimentary fields of study outside of the art program (ex:
communications, business, web design, philosophy, creative writing) and must be 300 level or above.


24 Semester Hours
ART 111 Art Appreciation ART 131 Drawing Studies I
ART 121 2D Design ART 215 Art History Survey II
ART 122 3D Design ART 465 Issues of Contemporary Art
ART 114 Art History and Survey I ART 385 Art and the Human Experience (Visual Culture)

Studio Art

josh cross resized2"The art program at Pfeiffer is an intimate one. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of mediums and art methods to better grow their own personal ideas. The student's vision is at the forefront of the program and their willingness to work to expand that vision will be the measuring stick for their personal success."
-Josh Cross, Associate Professor

The studio art program offers a 45 SH major dedicated to empowering students with the knowledge to express themselves through two-dimensional and three-dimensional creative visual art. The program is geared toward those students whose aim is to make the visual arts their specific area of study for their degree as well as students who wish to sample an endeavor into studio art and expand their knowledge base of it. A student will earn their BA in studio art designed around a variety of multi-tiered courses in basic design and theory, painting, drawing, traditional and digital darkroom photography practices, sculpture, mixed media, contemporary art theory and visual culture.

In addition to our on-campus faculty, the studio art student will benefit from our visiting artist program and exhibition opportunities through our gallery space and local excursions. All students will find that the curriculum not only teaches them the technical skills of art making, but also the ways and means to utilize these skills to connect their personal and communal creativity to the world at large.

NOTE: The following courses will suffice for the General Education requirements of the undergraduate college: ART 201, 210, 211, 310, 312, 410, 510, 511. Art minors are not required to take Senior Exhibition, but it is highly recommended.


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