Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art
Do you imagine yourself working as an artist, perhaps creating art for gallery exhibitions, illustrating for a publication, designing your own line of greeting cards? Do you enjoy working with your hands and mind to express yourself creatively? Are you fascinated with art movements and the role artists have played in throughout history?
Whether you’re a novice or have experience as an art student, the Studio Art program at Concordia will provide you with an excellent Studio Art education.
Concordia’s Studo Art program ensures you understand visual arts from a studio perspective, as well as the promotional skills to thrive as a studio artist. Art faculty members are experienced artists and art educators who have a vested interest in providing a quality art program.
The Art Department consists of large, well-equipped studios, a dark room for photography, a computer lab, a lecture hall and an outdoor kiln area for raku firing of ceramics.
We train our future artists to develop professional and technical skills necessary to excel as an artist. The scope of our program also makes it a perfect minor for many majors here at Concordia-Chicago. Our studio art minor is a perfect complement to majors in graphic design, education, media arts administration and visual arts administration—to name a few!
General Course Information
Concordia’s art program offers courses that well prepare you for a career in studio art. The studio art program consists of fundamental courses including, Drawing, Figure Drawing, 2D, 3D, Introduction to the Visual Arts, which are all designed to strengthen and further develop foundational skills—develop a sound sense of good design, increase problem-solving skills, think creatively and develop good work ethics.
A wide variety of advanced studio courses are available to deepen your artist and technical skills while developing your own voice as an artist. Advanced studio courses include Painting I & II, Printmaking I & II, Sculpture, Ceramics I & II, Digital Photography I & II, Jewelry, Book Arts, Fiber Arts, Graphic Arts, Desktop Publishing I & II and more, including a variety of art history courses.
Our commitment to your future career as an artist is shared in the Professional Strategies for the Visual Artist, a required course for our senior art majors.
The city of Chicago is an extension of our classroom as art students visit the many world-class art museums, galleries and public art such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, National Museum of Mexican Arts and the DuSable Museum. Few cities in the country can boast as many large, mid-size and small organizations in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Our location and unique relationships with many of these groups offer hands-on practical intern experiences that are exclusive to our students.
Many of our art majors and minors are involved in our active Art Club where they have monthly gatherings to learn a new process, order pizzas and host “studio night,” critique their art, attend a Chicago gallery opening or museum, or invite a guest artist to speak.