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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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