Studio Art

Studio Art

At Salve Regina University, our bachelor's degree in studio art provides unique opportunities for students to develop their creative and practical skills while exploring the theory, practice and history of art. In small class settings, our students customize their study of the visual arts through concentrations in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, interactive media arts, painting and photography.

Develop Your Creativity

Our students receive intensive individual attention, instruction and guidance from dedicated and talented professionals whose studio practice informs their teaching. We encourage students to pursue double or even triple concentrations, providing them with the flexibility and versatility sought by employers in the shifting sands of today’s job market.

Outside of the classroom, our students participate in internships that provide them with practical experience and prepare them to work professionally in the field.

Our program provides excellent preparation for graduate work, as well as careers in classrooms, design studios, galleries and museums.

Salve Regina is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Students applying for the studio art major are required to submit a portfolio of 1-5 pieces through their student status page. For help with your student status page, contact

Program Spotlight: New Challenges

As a senior product development designer for the home decor company Annie Selke, Elise Jones '11 develops bedding, rugs, home decor, wallpaper, accessories, sleepwear and apparel for the company's family of brands while also merchandising the products into seasonal collections. Daily tasks revolve around surface or textile design, such as engineering artwork for vendors to use in creating products. Other responsibilities involve research and ideation for new collections and products, overseeing brand identity design and specialty packaging, and tackling new product design projects.

In my daily design work, I constantly draw from lessons I was taught at Salve in various art classes. Although graphic design is often thought of as a predominantly digital field, the off-screen, hands-on fine arts classes allowed me to hone a hand craft that has enhanced my work overall.


Student Work

Our vibrant community of student artists explores a wide range of studio arts, including ceramics, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, painting and photography. Our students learn to think critically and develop creative problem-solving skills while producing stunning, professional work. We encourage you to explore, innovate and grow with us.

Our Faculty

We are a dedicated group of professional artists, scholars, designers and teachers who bring the same passion and vigor we hold for our own work into the classroom. We are committed to helping our students discover their individual strengths and go to great lengths to help them realize their goals.​


Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

A liberal arts-based degree in studio art provides a strong foundation for numerous career paths. While some graduates have become studio artists, regularly showing their work in reputable galleries and museums, others have gone on to successful careers in advertising, marketing and management, museum work and highly visible film and television enterprises such as MTV and PBS.

Salve Regina graduates have worked in nonprofits and public service, with the Peace Corps in Ghana, and as art therapists and teachers. Others have pursued advanced degrees or certificates in the arts and related fields.

Many alumni have double-majored or minored in business, marketing, psychology, English, cultural and historic preservation.

Program Spotlight: Site-Specific Installations

Each spring, site-specific art installations designed by studio art majors as part of their Advanced Studio Concepts course appear throughout campus. The goal of the project is to create a piece on campus that transforms the public’s experience of the chosen site. Some works have a political or environmental message, while others are created purely for aesthetic appreciation.

 The students are always excited to have the opportunity to respond to the inspiring natural and architectural environment here at Salve. The students engage in extensive exploration of materials, as well as concept development through interdisciplinary research with professors outside the art department. It is a great opportunity to share the art majors’ hard work with the larger Salve community. 

Susannah Strong, assistant professor


Major in Studio Art (B.A.)


17-18 courses | 44-50 credits

  Required courses:

  • ART074: Woodshop Safety and Tools or ART202: Sculptural Concepts
  • ART091: Freshman Art Seminar
  • ART131: Drawing I
  • ART132: Drawing II
  • ART200: Drawing III
  • ART208: History of World Art I: Prehistoric to 1400
  • ART209: History of World Art II: 1400 to Today
  • ART218: Introduction to Digital Art and Design
  • ART300: Advanced Studio Concepts
  • ART354: Art Theory and Criticism
  • ART400: Portfolio
  • ART446: Professional Practices Capstone

Students also choose two electives in art history and complete a four-course concentration in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, interactive media arts, painting or photography.

Majors participate in a comprehensive portfolio review during the spring semesters of their first year and junior year, and are required to participate in the senior exhibition during the spring semester of their final year.

Students who qualify may choose to produce a senior honors thesis in the gallery. Students enrolled in ART445: Senior Honors Thesis must also participate in the regular senior exhibition held in the gallery.

Minor in Studio Art


7 courses | 21 credits

Required courses:

  • ART131: Drawing I
  • ART202: Sculptural Concepts or ART231: Ceramics I: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART208: History of World Art I: Prehistoric to 1400 or ART209: History of World Art II: 1400 to Today

Students also take four elective courses in studio art, chosen in consultation with the department chair.


Our ceramics concentration uses clay as a material for problem solving, in both traditional (functional) or conceptual (sculptural) styles. Skill building, technical understanding and an exposure to 10,000 years of ceramic cultural history are coupled with stretching the limits of students' creative problem-solving abilities.

Required courses:

  • ART231: Introduction to Ceramics: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART232: Introduction to Ceramics: Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
  • ART332: Clay, Glaze and Firing or ART333: Ceramic Surface Decoration
  • One two-dimensional studio elective

Our graphic design concentration provides an understanding of visual communication concepts, nurtures the ability to critically analyze visual messages, and familiarizes students with the skills and technology available to solve visual problems.

Required courses:

  • ART202: Sculptural Concepts or ART231: Introduction to Ceramics: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART241: Introduction to Graphic Design
  • ART242: Graphic Design for Print
  • ART341: Concentrated Studies: Graphic Design

Our illustration concentration explores an artistic practice that fully employs the communicative and transformative function of art. Illustration may also serve as a commercial application for skills learned in drawing and painting classes.

Required course:

  • ART202: Sculptural Concepts or ART231: Introduction to Ceramics: Clay, Culture and Creativity

Students also choose three of the following:

  • ART244: Introduction to Illustration: Pictures for People
  • ART246: Introduction to Illustration: Visual Narrative
  • ART344: Illustrating Worlds: Cyborgs, Aliens and Elves
  • ART346: Sequential Art: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • ART356: Illumination: Illustrated Books

Our interactive media arts concentration explores the impact and diversity of the computer as a communication tool. The program includes studies of physical computing, advanced web technologies, gaming, generative art, cartoon animation, digital video and sound editing.

Required courses:

  • ART202: Sculptural Concepts or ART231: Introduction to Ceramics: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART220: Introduction to Making Art With Code
  • ART230: Introduction to Web Design
  • ART311: Interaction Design

From observational rendering to a more complete understanding of color relationships, our painting concentration leads students through a continuum of challenges to a more sophisticated knowledge of the painter’s art and craft.

Required courses:

  • ART202: Sculptural Concepts or ART231: Introduction to Ceramics: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART250: Introduction to Painting: Observation and Color
  • ART256: Introduction to Painting: Constructing Painted Spaces
  • ART370: Pathways in Advanced Painting or ART375: Mixed Media, Innovation and Exploration

Our photography concentration explores technique with an aim to develop a more personal means of visual expression through both traditional (analog) and digital means. The historic context of the medium - from time motion, and space to the provocative nature of social issues - is presented at all levels of the program.

Required courses:

  • ART202: Sculptural Concepts or ART231: Introduction to Ceramics: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART271: Introduction to Digital Photography

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ART272: Introduction to Film Photography
  • ART360: Documentary Photography
  • ART362: Photographic Storytelling: The Photo Book
  • ART364: The Photographic Portrait