The Studio Art program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, a minor in Studio Art, and a minor in Visual Communication in conjunction with the Department of Communication.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art is a pre-professional degree which prepares students to enter graduate programs, work in galleries or museums, work as artists, designers or art educators as well as apply their creative skills to other fields.
Students majoring in Studio Art encounter a progressive curriculum, one which develops important visual and spatial skills in lower level courses so students can expand and grow their abilities as an artist in the intensive upper level coursework.
After completion of early coursework, students select an area of emphasis to focus their study. Emphasis areas include Ceramics/Sculpture, Computer Art, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting and Printmaking.
The Minor in Studio Art augments study in another discipline by providing a broad experience in Studio Art. Studio Art minors complete the Art Foundation core in addition to six hours of course work which included 3 hours of Art History and an upper-level Studio Art course.
The Minor in Visual Communication provides an opportunity for students interested in graphic design, photojournalism, digital storytelling and visual communication theory to have an emphasis in these topics alongside any major.
Students need to submit a portfolio to become a studio art major. Submit a cd portfolio of at least ten pieces and no more than fifteen. Include examples of observation-based drawings (not copied from photographs), and works in other media that represent your range of interests and skills in art. Put high-resolution digital images on CD. Include an image list paper that clearly lists the media, size, and date of each of the images you are submitting. Please make sure your name is on the image list.
Minimum scanning- 300dpi. Only jpeg files. No file may be larger than 4MB. Label each image with your last name_#. Number should correspond with the list you enclose with the media, size, and date of each image. For example, your LAST NAME_1 would be your first image submission listed on the Image list. You would put information about LAST NAME_1 at the top of the list, then information about LAST NAME_2, etc.
Send CDs to:
Studio Art Program
Fine and Performing Arts
325 Xavier Hall
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, 63108
The transfer policy is based on accepting no more than fifty percent of the courses needed for the major or minor. Currently a studio art major is 36 credit hours (30 in studio and 6 in art history) and a studio art minor is 21 credit hours (18 in studio and 3 in art history).
Therefore, the guidelines are:
A student majoring in Studio Art can transfer in up to 15 credit hours of studio art courses and no more than 18 credit hours total, including Art History.
A student minoring in Studio Art can transfer in up to 9 credit hours of studio art courses or 6 credit hours of studio art and 3 credit hours of Art History.
To receive credit for specific SLU studio course(s) is contingent on an evaluation of the student's work by a full-time studio art faculty member. Students need to have the actual work or a digital portfolio with an image list that gives media and scale of the work, a course description(s) from the course catalog from the previous institution, and syllabi from these courses, if possible.