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Studio Art Learning Outcomes

  • To achieve functional competence with principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensional design and drawing.

    To demonstrate dexterity with tools, equipment, and various media necessary for solving aesthetic, conceptual, and technical problem.

    To critically analyze and discuss a diverse range of artworks with terminology appropriate to the discipline in both verbal and written form.

    To apply inventive, critical thinking in the translation of concept to form and in the interpretation and use of images and objects.

  • To demonstrate knowledge of major art periods, art movements, multicultural art traditions, and individual artists from antiquity to the present.

    To demonstrate professional expertise and vision in one or more studio art areas through the presentation of a culminating exhibition and comprehensive portfolio.

    To understand the concepts and methodologies of several other academic areas outside of visual art and demonstrate the ability to incorporate these concepts in a manner that leads to new ideas that transcend traditional notions of art and artist.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All prospective students for the Studio Art major regardless of concentration are required to submit a portfolio, which are reviewed by the faculty. Applicants for admission into the major should submit their portfolio digitally through SlideRoom.

The Portfolio should contain 10-15 examples of the strongest and most recent artwork made by the applicant.

The portfolio should include artworks:

  • Created from direct observation (minimum one self-portrait and one still-life);
  • Using a variety of media, techniques, subject matter, and scale;
  • Work samples that demonstrate dedication, sustained interest, and artistic development over time;
  • Sketchbooks, graphic design work, and experimental pieces are also acceptable.

Application Deadline(s):

  • Fall Semester - November 15th (Early Decision), February 15th, March 15th (Transfers);
  • Spring Semester - December 1st 

*Current FSU Students may apply for the Studio Art major on a rolling basis by submitting their work through SlideRoom.

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain I-A (Creative Arts) is satisfied through the completion of both Studio Art major and Domain I-B (Humanities) is satisfied through completion of the Art History major.

All Studio majors must select a concentration no later than the end of the freshmen year from the following options.

Major Core requirements and the following concentration requirements (7):

Four (4) courses in Studio Art:

One (1) course in Art History:

Choose two (2) Ceramic Electives from the following:

Major Core requirements and the following concentration requirements (7):

Four (4) courses in Studio Art:

ARTS 354 Painting Composition
ARTS 419 Advanced Drawing Studio
ARTS 478 Advanced Painting
ARTS 487 Senior Studio Art Seminar
One (1) course in Art History:

ARTH 383 Contemporary Art History
Two (2) Intermediate Painting Electives from the following:

ARTS 315 Collage and Mixed Media
ARTS 351 Watercolor
ARTS 358 Landscape Painting
ARTS 369 Figure Painting
ARTS 377 Abstract Painting
ARTS 394 Encaustic

Major Core requirements and the following concentration requirements (8):

Concentration Core courses (4):

ARTS 188 Introduction to Photography: Black and White
ARTS 235 Intermediate Photography: Color
ARTS 441 Advanced Photography
ARTS 487 Senior Studio Art Seminar
One (1) course in Art History:

ARTH 226 History of Photography
ARTH 383 Contemporary Art History
Choose Three (3) Electives from the following:

ARTS 205 Photography of Architecture
ARTS 242 Silkscreen
ARTS 261 Printmaking
ARTS 315 Collage and Mixed Media
ARTS 363 Photojournalism and Digital Narrative
ARTS 495 Internship in Studio Art

Major Core requirements and the following concentration requirements (7):

Four (4) courses in Studio Art:

ARTS 261 Printmaking
ARTS 419 Advanced Drawing Studio
ARTS 479 Topics in Advanced Printmaking
ARTS 487 Senior Studio Art Seminar
One (1) course in Art History:

ARTH 383 Contemporary Art History
Choose two (2) Printmaking Electives from the following:

ARTS 242 Silkscreen
ARTS 308 Woodcut
ARTS 328 Intaglio

Major Core requirements and the following concentration requirements (6):

Three (3) courses in Sculpture:

ARTS 313 Sculpture Methods and Materials
ARTS 403 Advance Sculpture Studio
ARTS 487 Senior Studio Art Seminar
One (1) course in Art History:

ARTH 383 Contemporary Art History
Choose two (2) Studio Art Electives from the following:

ARTS 241 Ceramics
ARTS 315 Collage and Mixed Media
ARTS 360 Ceramic Sculpture
ARTS ___ Any Printmaking course
ARTS 419 Advanced Drawing Studio
ARTS 473 Special Topics in Studio Art

Major Core requirements and the following concentration requirements (7):

Five (5) courses in Studio Art Electives 200-level and above
      Note: no more than three (3) Studio Art Electives may be at the 200-level

One (1) course in Art History:

ARTH 383 Contemporary Art History
One (1) Capstone Course:

ARTS 487 Senior Studio Art Seminar

Major Core requirements and the following concentration requirements (4):

One (1) of the following printmaking courses:
ARTS 261 Printmaking
ARTS 308 Woodcut
ARTS 328 Intaglio
ARTS 338 Lithography

One (1) of the following ceramics or sculpture courses:
ARTS 241 Ceramics
ARTS 266 Wheelworking
ARTS 307 Functional Ceramics
ARTS 313 Sculpture Methods and Materials
ARTS 403 Advanced Sculpture Studio
ARTS 416 Advanced Ceramics Studio

One (1) course in Art History from the following:
ARTH 282 American Art
ARTH 285 The Art of Asia
ARTH 288 Latin American Art
ARTH ___ 300- or 400-level Art History Elective
One (1) course in Studio Art:
ARTH 419 Advanced Drawing Studio
Note: Students with the Art Education Concentration must declare the appropriate Education Minor to complete the program.
REQUIRED MINOR IN ART EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN THE ART EDUCATION CONCENTRATION
The Education minor shall consist of:
EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
EDUC 246 Sheltered English Immersion in Secondary Education
EDIL 302 Secondary Methods with Field Study II: Special Needs and Educational Technology
EDIL 328 Secondary Methods with Field Study II: Visual Art PreK-8 & 5-12
PSYC 200 Psychology of Development Students choose either Elementary or Secondary Practicum courses below:Elementary Licensure in Art (Pre-K - Grade 8)
EDPS 428A Secondary Professional Practicum A: Visual Art Pre-K to Grade 8 (two course-credits)
EDPS 428B Secondary Professional Practicum B: Visual Art Pre-K to Grade 8 (two course-credits) Secondary Licensure in Art (Grades 5 - 12)
EDPS 429A Secondary Professional Practicum A: Visual Art Grades 5-12 (two course-credits)
EDPS 429B Secondary Professional Practicum B: Visual Art Grades 5 - 12 (two course-credits)
Note: Art Department prerequisites for EDIL 328 Secondary Methods with Field Study II: Visual Art PreK-8 & 5-12 are as follows (prerequisites may be waived at the discretion of the Department Chair):
ARTH 270 History of Art I
ARTH 272 History of Art I
ARTH 273 Modern Art History
ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals
ARTS 203 Three-Dimensional Design I
ARTS 222 Color and Design
ARTS 254 Painting Methods
ARTS 300 Life Drawing

Career Opportunities

Studio Art majors will be prepared to pursue career opportunities across a wide range of exciting fields, including:

People viewing an art exhibit

Artist

Use skills, techniques, and imagination to produce original pieces that can take various forms.

Designer

Plans and illustrates concepts by designing rough layouts of art.

Animator

Produces multiple images called frames, when sequenced together create an illusion of movement.

Illustrator

Combines hand-drawing and painting with digital media to produce visually captivating illustrations.

Art Teacher

Instruct students how to produce, appreciate, and understand the fine arts.

Photographer

Produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.

Meet Our Faculty

Christian Gentry

Christian Gentry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music, Art & Music

Catherine Della Lucia

Visiting Lecturer, Studio Art, Art & Music

Carol O'Malia

Visiting Lecturer, Studio Art, Art & Music

Courtney Stock

Visiting Lecturer of Art, Art & Music
Caroline Tornifoglio

Caroline Tornifoglio, 2024, Studio Art with a concentration in Painting

"My most enriching experiences at Framingham State have been due to the staff in the art department. Though a small department, it has exceeded my expectations through the personalized challenges and close-knit connections from faculty and peers."

Studio Health and Safety Information

Each member of the Department of Art and Music, whether faculty, staff, or student, is responsible for knowing and observing the University Environmental Health and Safety and the Art and Design Environmental Health and Safety Policies. The goal is to develop positive attitudes regarding health and safety among all faculty, staff, and students within the Studio Art program. It is essential that all members take an active part in initiating and enforcing preventive measures to control hazards associated with activities under their direction.

To facilitate this goal an EHS manual has been prepared by the faculty to give the student-artist an overview of the hazards connected with the materials he/she is using, and suggestions on how to use them safely. In addition to identifying these materials, guidelines on the use of studio equipment have also been included.

Click here to download this manual as a PDF.

Questions about Health and Safety Policies, or about material usage should be directed to Diane Inman, Studio Manager and Safety Officer via dinman [at] framingham.edu (email).

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