Apr 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Art Studio - Major (BS)

The BS in Studio Art major provides a liberal arts framework for a studio orientation in painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, or metalsmithing. Specific objectives include providing technical skills and aesthetic understanding of chosen media, as well as a breadth of experiences connecting the fine arts to general studies in the arts and humanities, the natural and physical sciences, or the social sciences. Through individual and group critiques and mentorship from faculty members, students are guided through their development of personal artistic style, content, and aesthetic vision. The liberal arts framework enables students to develop critical thinking, research, and communication skills necessary for the development of informed works of art. The program prepares students for interdisciplinary research or careers requiring artistic understanding, or for entry into graduate school.

The BS curriculum can accommodate a minor, general electives in a supportive area(s), or a study abroad experience.

The full-time faculty, composed of studio artists, art historians, and art educators, is supplemented by a number of practicing professionals who are highly respected in their areas. The College has strong working relationships with many local museums, schools, and design firms, providing students with an active internship program.

Students must have an AP score of 5 to place out of any Art Foundation courses (Art 101, 102, 106, 107). The use of any art AP credit toward completion of the art major is discouraged. An AP score of 4 or 5 may be used as studio art elective credits.

Note - Transfer students in studio art must complete a minimum of five studio art courses at Nazareth College.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Competency in studio practice: Attain competency in composing the elements of art and principles of design in two and three dimensions.
  2. Development of conceptual process in formulation of art and design works: Articulate idea development, develop visual communication strategies, and demonstrate technical facility in a range of media to convey concepts through a personal aesthetic.
  3. Exhibit and analyze art with regard to cultural context: Understand and apply knowledge of significant historical, global, and contemporary achievements and issues in art.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Learning Outcomes
Students in the Art and Design Department will show respect for all forms of diversity, practice, inclusivity, and engage in a continual process of education and critical self-reflection & dialogue.  Students will be able to: 

  • Acknowledge that individuals of diverse racial & ethnic, gender & sexuality, religious, class & cultural backgrounds create art.
  • Recognize that artmaking is an expressive practice comprising not only individual perspectives, narratives and experiences but also cultural, social, economic and political issues.
  • Synthesize knowledge from multiple disciplines including diverse traditional and contemporary art movements with their own artistic and/or scholarly vision to create unique and meaningful works of art, design or scholarship.
  • Analyze, reflect upon, discuss and/or write about their own and others’ works of art and design using culturally sensitive and inclusive language.
  • Understand the ways in which traditional art associations (including collections, apprentice workshops, museums, galleries and academies) embody institutionally biased practices.
  • Assess the symbiotic dialogue between artists and their culture, recognizing that they both reflect and influence each other.


Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Art Core

The Art Core is designed to provide fundamental knowledge in preparation for more advanced coursework in Art.

Art Electives

Students must complete 10 additional studio courses (30 credits). Studio Art majors must complete a minimum of four studios in an area of their choice. Transfer students in studio art must complete a minimum of five studio art courses at Nazareth College.

Art Department Senior Experience

The senior capstone course in the Art Department deals with a variety of issues involving philosophical, cultural, political and aesthetic ideas about art, the function of art institutions and art media, and the individual artist.  In addition to reflective weekly and term papers, students will give presentations on the evolution of their work during their college careers.

Sample Program for Studio Art - Major

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGW 101 Exposition    (LA) 3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research  (LA) 3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 PEQ (3) (LA) 3
PEQ (1) - FYS (LA) 3 PEQ (4) (LA) 3
PEQ (2) (LA) 3 ART 102 3D Design   3
ART 101 2D Design    3 ART 107 Drawing II   3
ART 106 Drawing I   3 Health & Wellness 0
Total Semester Credits 16 Total Semester Credits 15
Fall Semester Spring Semester
PEQ (5) (LA) 3 PEQ (7) (LA) 3
Science PEQ with Lab (6) (LA) 4 AHI.Q 272 Survey II: Late Renaissance thru 19th Century Art History  (VPA PEQ) (8) 3
ART 215 Professional Skills and Engagement   0 Studio Elective 3 3
AHI.Q 271 Survey I: Prehistoric through Medieval Art (LA) 3 Studio Elective 4 3
Studio Elective 1 3 Studio Elective 5 3
Studio Elective 2 3    
Total Semester Credits 16 Total Semester Credits 15
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Integrative Studies 1 (LA) 3 Integrative Studies 3 (LA) 3
Integrative Studies 2 (LA) 3 Liberal Arts Elective 1 (LA) 3
Studio Elective 6 3 Liberal Arts Elective 2 (LA) 3
Specialty Art Studio Elective 1 3 Specialty Art Studio Elective 2 3
AHI.Q 273 Introduction to 20th Century Art  (LA) 3 Specialty Art Studio Elective 3 3
    CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Total Semester Credits 15 Total Semester Credits 15
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Liberal Arts Elective 3 (LA) 3 Liberal Arts Elective 5 (LA) 3
Liberal Arts Elective 4 (LA) 3 Elective 8 (Non-Studio) 3
Specialty Art Studio Elective 4 3 Elective 9 (Non-Studio) 3
Elective 6 (Non-Studio) 3 Elective 10 (Non-Studio) *May be required to reach 120 credits 3
Elective 7 (Non-Studio) 3 ART 365 Issues in Art  (LA) 3
Experiential Learning Pathway 0-1 ART 499 Art Comprehensive   0
Total Semester Credits 15-16 Total Semester Credits 12-15


  • All students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree; this means that BS Studio Art students must complete one of the following:
    • Take an additional general elective senior year; or
    • Ensure that the experiential learning pathway (EL) is a credit bearing course; or
    • Take one or more EQS courses (one credit each).


  • Bold  courses are only offered in Fall or Spring.
  • The BS degree program can accommodate a study abroad only in the sophomore year, so plan accordingly.
  • Liberal Arts courses are noted with LA (60 credits required).