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Studio Art

Major/Minor

Your Creative Gifts at Work

Designed for fluidity, the Studio Art major allows you to explore a variety of mediums, develop your artistic voice, and pursue the artistic avenues best-suited to your creative gifts. Our core art courses build a solid foundation in the main branches of visual art, examining both contemporary art strategies and art history. Classes include 2D and 3D mediums, printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, screen printing, casting, woodworking, sculpture, and ceramics.

In addition to studying and practicing art, you’ll be introduced to the world of art exhibitions, galleries, and commissions as you share your artwork outside the studio. Studio Art majors refine their artistic skills and develop their personal style, while learning the ins and outs of the art world from practicing artists.

Students pursuing a Studio Art 2D BFA, Studio Art 3D BFA, or a BA/BS degree spend their senior year creating a body of work that will be displayed in the Modelle Metcalf gallery on campus. Throughout your time at Taylor, you will have opportunities to sell your work, gain commissions, and win awards.

Why a Studio Art BFA?

A BFA in Studio Art 2D or Studio Art 3D allows students to go deep into art, with a focus on a practical studio component, rather than on lecture or discussion classes. Students take 14 additional credits of art classes, with no foreign language requirement. A Studio Art BFA offers a competitive edge in the job market, and it’s seen as a gateway degree to a Master of Fine Arts. According to the Wall Street Journal, students who earn a BFA degree have relatively high income levels, job prospects, and levels of job satisfaction. 

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Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center

Taylor’s Art Program is housed in the 38,000-square-foot Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center, with specialized classrooms and workspaces for drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry making. It also contains a state-of-the-art Mac lab and audio-visual classrooms, two gallery spaces for both professional and student art shows, a photography studio, a lecture hall, and ample space for critiquing works displayed in the hallways. Naturally lit classrooms have storage spaces for student artwork with the option of directed spot lighting.

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Minor in Studio Art

Add a Studio Art minor to supplement any degree with an Art concentration. Choose the electives you are interested in and learn the basics of drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, or sculpture. A Studio Art minor is ideal for any student wanting to develop their creative skills. Develop your professional work to support a Professional Writing major, Graphic Art major, or Multimedia Journalism major.

Studio Art Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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Studio Art Practicums, Internships, and Residencies

Taylor's 2D and 3D Studio Art degree programs will prepare you for a successful career in art, but practical work experience doesn't need wait until after graduation. Here's a partial list of places where our students have completed practicums, internships, or residencies:

  • Tyndale House Publishing
  • Southbend Art Museum
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art
  • Zondervan Publishing House
  • Esquire Magazine

Careers in Studio Art

One of the biggest questions you may be asked when you tell people you're looking into majoring in any art field is: "What are you going to do with that?" We're here to tell you - the possibilities are endless! Here's a sample of industries and places our students have worked post graduation:

  • Bourlet Art Logistics
  • Sotheby's
  • The New Yorker Magazine
  • Marketing and Branding Agencies
  • Gallery Art
  • Small Business Pottery Studios
  • Architecture Firms
  • Interier Design
  • Art Education

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