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Studio Art

Studio art students at Saint Louis University expand and sharpen their artistic abilities through practice in media such as ceramics and sculpture, painting, drawing, fibers, metals, photography, printmaking, computer art and graphic design.


Studio art students may take advantage of opportunities for real-world art experience through internships at graphic design firms, museums, galleries, magazines, newspapers and internet-based retailers.

Major in Studio Art

If you choose to major in studio art at SLU, you will graduate with a portfolio of work and an appreciation of the development of your own values and skills. You will also gain a broad liberal arts education. Classroom critiques and studio projects encourage respectful interaction and intellectual development and will help you develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

After completion of early coursework, students majoring in studio art will choose from one of seven concentrations:

  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Computer Art
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

Studio art majors are expected to actively participate in the SLU art community by submitting work to all student art exhibitions and helping to host these exhibitions.

SLU’s undergraduate major in studio art requires 30 credit hours. You’ll take a 13-credit-hour core of art classes covering design and color theory. You’ll then be required to complete two 2000-level courses and two art history courses. Studio art students at SLU complete their studies with an upper-level seminar and portfolio review.

The studio art program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Saint Louis University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Highlighted Courses

Studio Art Foundation Core

  • ART 2000: Drawing I
  • ART 2100: Design
  • ART 2120: Three Dimensional Design
  • ART 2150: Color Theory
  • ART 2800: Studio Foundation Seminar

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Internships and Careers

SLU’s studio art students may take advantage of opportunities for real-world art experience through internships at graphic design firms, museums, galleries, magazines, newspapers and internet-based retailers.

Students with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art often pursue further studies in Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts programs, work in galleries or museums, and work as designers, consultants, professional artists or art educators.


SLU’s studio art faculty all hold the terminal degree of an M.F.A. They exhibit in galleries and museums and share works in progress in the classroom. They also guide and mentor students, and provide connections to other professional artists that can lead to internship opportunities.

  • Amy Bautz, M.F.A.
  • Ilene Berman, M.F.A.
  • Martin Brief, M.F.A.
  • Jim Burwinkel, M.Arch.
  • Nila Petty, M.F.A.
  • Sharron Pollack, M.F.A.
  • Ted Wood, M.F.A.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Admission Requirements

Admission as a studio art major requires a successful portfolio review. Applicants register and submit their portfolio on SlideRoom. Portfolios should have 12 to 15 examples of artwork representing a range of interests and skills, including observation-based drawing.

SlideRoom charges applicants a $10 transaction fee to submit a portfolio. For questions or concerns regarding the portfolio submission process, the SlideRoom fee, or to request a fee waiver, contact Rick Dunn at

Financial Aid

SLU offers scholarships to students demonstrating exceptional skill in art that are awarded on a competitive basis. Interested students must declare their intention to major in studio art and present a portfolio of their work to become eligible. Scholarship awards apply toward tuition costs and general fees.

Minor in Studio Art

SLU’s minor in studio art requires 21 credit hours, including courses in drawing, 2D and 3D design, color theory, art history and two studio electives. Studio art minors complete the 13-credit-hour core of classes in addition to six hours of coursework that includes three hours of art history and an upper-level studio art course.

Students also have the option to pursue a multidisciplinary minor in visual communication.

On-Campus Resources

Display at McNamee Art Gallery

Studio art majors display their work in the McNamee Art Gallery, located in Saint Louis University's historic Samuel Cupples House. Students are involved in the conception, organization, and installation of exhibits, publicity and gallery events.

Students also have access to SLU's two nationally recognized art museums: the Saint Louis University Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art.