Whether you’re a novice or have experience as an art student, the Bachelor of Arts Studio Art program at Concordia-Chicago will provide you with an excellent studio art education.

Career Opportunities

  • Animator
  • Photographer 
  • Art Critic 
  • Art Exhibit Coordinator 
  • Curator 
  • Gallery Owner 
  • Art Director 

Study Format

  • On Campus
  • Online

Art Degree Overview

Concordia-Chicago’s Studio Art major ensures you understand visual arts from a studio perspective, as well as the promotional skills to thrive as a studio artist. 

Our University offers small class sizes where art faculty members know you by name and continually support you throughout your college career. They accept your current level of art experience and are committed to advancing your ability. 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.

Apply now

Course Information

Our 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.

For details about required course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Beyond the Classroom

Studio and classroom experiences are just part of the learning experiences. Art students travel into Chicago to view art in it's world-class art museums and galleries while enjoying the city's famous architecture. In addition, the Art Department schedules visiting artist presentations where dialogue between student and visiting artist is encouraged.

Art students may use internship opportunities to gain practical experiences in the Studio Arts, Graphic Arts and Arts Administration. Art Education students visit many classrooms and complete their student teaching semester throughout the City of Chicago and its suburbs.

The Art Department integrates the University’s liberal arts education among our general student population fostering appreciation and critical awareness for the visual arts and provides quality professional training to our visual arts majors, minors and art education students.

More Art Opportunities

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
  • 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.