Studio Art

Our program 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.

Our Program

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.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for more than 30 years, our program provides excellent preparation for graduate work as well as careers in classrooms, design studios, galleries and museums.

We require a portfolio for admission. Students interested in majoring in studio art should submit a portfolio through the arts supplement of the Common Application.

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

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.

Our 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: Trail Blazer

Casey Devaney '17 didn't set out to blaze a trail for her fellow studio art majors, but by the time she graduated with concentrations in graphic design, painting and photography, several of her peers in the Department of Art and Art History were following her example.

 Casey's willingness to cross traditional concentration boundaries in studio art has made her something of a role model for undergraduates. She is indicative of a department-wide emphasis on versatility within our studio art major. We want our students to be as resourceful as possible when they enter the job market. 

Gerry Perrino, professor

Major in Studio Art (B.A.)

18 courses | 50 credits

  Required courses:

  • ART074: Woodshop Safety and Tools or ART202: Sculptural Concepts
  • ART091: Freshman Art Seminar
  • ART100: Creativity and Technology
  • 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
  • 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 semester of their first 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.

Concentrations

Ceramics

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: Ceramics I: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART232: Ceramics II: Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
  • ART331: Concentrated Studies: Ceramics III
  • One two-dimensional studio elective

Graphic Design

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: Ceramics I: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART241: Graphic Design I
  • ART242: Graphic Design II
  • ART341: Concentrated Studies: Graphic Design

Illustration

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 courses:

  • ART202: Sculptural Concepts or ART231: Ceramics I: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART250: Illustration I
  • ART255: Illustration II
  • ART350: Illustration III

Interactive Media Arts

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: Ceramics I: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART210: Interactivity I
  • ART310: Interactivity II
  • ART311: Interactivity III

Painting

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: Ceramics I: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART251: Painting I
  • ART252: Color and Figuration
  • ART351: Concentrated Studies: Painting III

Photography

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: Ceramics I: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART261: Photography I: A Mirror of Reality
  • ART262: Intermediate Darkroom and Digital Photography
  • ART361: Concentrated Studies: Photography