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Studio Art Minor

Do you want your education to include creative problem-solving, hands-on making, and visual communication? Are you interested in working collaboratively, thinking critically, and gaining skills in a wide range of material processes? The Studio Art minor is for you!

student painting at easel


 

Why Studio Art?

Think about the world differently. Build competencies in visual literacy and critical thinking while getting your hands dirty. We focus on both traditional and digital media. Learn how and why contemporary artists use both to fluidly explore and engage with the changing world around them.

Work with faculty who are renowned practicing artists. Be part of an inviting community of avid makers, critical thinkers, and active collaborators while pursuing your major field of study. Take a fresh, creative perspective back to your biology, business, or engineering classroom.
 

people using a 3D scanner


 

About the Studio Art Program

Our Studio Art program is committed to the development of contemporary artists who are not only proficient makers, but also curious and inquisitive observers, critical thinkers, and resourceful self-initiators. Students in the Studio Art program benefit from small class sizes and well-equipped facilities, the numerous offerings of a tier one research university, and active relationships with the larger arts communities in Austin and beyond.

Rather than being limited to study in a single discipline, students explore media in and across multiple disciplines, including Painting & Drawing, Photography & Media, Print, Sculpture & Extended Media, and Transmedia (video, digital, performance). Professionally active faculty and a rotation of visiting practitioners help students draw connections between their own work and contemporary and historical themes, while the academic offerings of the wider university enrich students’ knowledge of the broader contexts in which art is made and understood.
 

Coursework Requirements for the Studio Art Minor

  • Fifteen (15) credit hours of Studio Art (ART) coursework chosen from the following set of courses.
    • ART 352C
      Painting for Non-Majors
      3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.
    • ART 352D
      Drawing for Non-Majors
      3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.

    • ART 352E
      Figure Drawing for Non-Majors
      3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.

    • ART 352F
      Print for Non-Majors
      3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.

    • ART 352G
      Sculpture for Non-Majors
      3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.

    • ART 352K
      Transmedia for Non-Majors
      3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.

    • ART 352J
      Photography for Non-Majors
      3 credit hours. May be taken twice for credit.

    • ART 350
      Philosophy / Theory / Criticism
      3 credit hours. May not be repeated for credit.

  • All classes must be taken on the letter-grade basis. The student must earn a combined grade point average of at least 2.50 in minor coursework.
     

How to Apply to the Studio Art Minor

Note — You must be on the 2018–2020 or a subsequent academic catalog in order to apply to and pursue the Studio Art minor.

For complete information about eligibility, requirements, and how to apply, please refer to the Minors & Certificates page.
 

Questions about the Studio Art Minor?

Elana Logsdon, Undergraduate Academic Advisor,
Department of Art and Art History