Studio Art, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Student painting pink lips on portrait on canvas
  • Used painting supplies, including brushes, paint tubes, and mixing paper

As a studio art major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be exposed to the contemporary practice, visual culture theory and historical perspectives of the visual arts. Explore the mediums of drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture as you develop your critical and conceptual skills to realize a personal artistic vision. Not only will you be equipped with the necessary skills and industry knowledge to pursue a professional career, you’ll also be guided in the building of an artistic portfolio.

Highlights

  • Opportunities to publicly exhibit student work on and off campus
  • Accessible faculty and small class sizes allow for a personalized
  • Be a part of the FPU Art Club
  • Participate in local art events & activities like field trips to art museums
  • Intern and make connections at local organizations like the Fresno Art Museum, Arte Americas or the Art of Life Cancer Foundation

Career opportunities

As a studio art major, your courses will explore the history of art and design while helping you craft a unique artistic style through drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture. Your knowledge will enable you to seek work in museums and galleries or to pursue your own craft in graphic design, painting, web design, sculpting and much more. Creative thinkers are highly sought after in virtually any career and our program allows flexibility to add a double major or a minor to expand your options. The program also encourages you to take up to three internship units, which count towards your degree. Intern locally with a variety of arts organizations or take your studies overseas with a number of study abroad opportunities.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites (6 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
ART-140Drawing I3
ART-150Principles of Design3

REQUIRED COURSES (18 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
ART-120Painting I3
ART-350History of Western Art I3
ART-355History of Western Art II3
ART-370Life by Design3
ART-460World Art3
ART-475Career Development3

Studio Art Major Electives (30 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
ART-170Sculpture I3
ART-180Ceramics I3
ART-305Life Drawing3
ART-340Drawing II3
ART-365Color Theory3
ART-380Ceramics II3

Select four of the following. Students must have at least 6 units of advanced studio art electives. These may include directed study classes

CodeTitleUnits
ART-300Art for Elementary Teachers3
ART-325Modern and Contemporary Art3
ART-330Art and Religion 
ART-435Museum Studies3
ART-440Exhibition and Gallery Design 
MKT-300Principles of Marketing3
Study AbroadArts Administration3

Complete the following

CodeTitleUnits
ART-450Project in Art3

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

1. Art History (AA-T) to Studio Art, B.A

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA major has no lower-division major or co-requisite courses that could be fulfilled by the ADT.
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

2. Studio Arts (AA-T) to Studio Art, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA major has no lower-division major or co-requisite courses that could be fulfilled by the ADT.
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Program director

Rebecca McMillen portrait
Rebecca McMillen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Art, Division Chair, Visual and Performing Arts