45-hour B.A. in Studio Arts

The studio arts major introduces students to the history of art and to traditional media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. Throughout the curriculum, courses emphasize visual communication and creative thinking.

The degree program culminates in the senior thesis, an intense, project-driven learning experience. Students design and present their project proposals in the fall and execute the projects throughout the spring semester with supervision from the art faculty. The final works are exhibited at the end of the semester.

Students are encouraged to complete internships in the arts, but this is not a degree requirement.


B.A. students in art at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing global cultures and traditions.

Art Courses

ART 101 Ancient to Medieval Art History 3 credits
ART 102 Renaissance to Modern Art History 3 credits
ART 121 Drawing 3 credits
ART 130 Introduction to 2D and 3D Design 3 credits
ART 132 Introduction to Design and Digital Media 3 credits
ART 151 Ceramics 3 credits
ART 215 Printmaking 3 credits
ART 221 Painting 3 credits
ART 222 Painting II 3 credits
ART 227 Figure Drawing 3 credits
ART 251 Sculpture 3 credits
ART 335 Studio Art Thesis Planning 3 credits
ART 435 Senior Thesis in Studio Arts 3 credits
Two additional 3 credit courses in art 6 credits
ART 399 Art Colloquium (0 credits), must be taken every semester  
TOTAL 45 credits