This degree is designed for students who want a background in art but prefer to take more courses outside the Department than a B.F.A. degree would allow. This program prepares students for graduate study in either studio art or for a number of career areas in art-related fields, depending on the courses selected and individual interests. Students interested in two major areas—such as art and English, or art and languages—might elect a dual major or take a broad spectrum of courses in both areas.
The minor in Studio Art introduces students to the techniques and methods of art and provides an understanding of the creative process. These studio art courses, in combination with an Art History course, give the student a greater familiarity with the cultural background in art. Since the program of study encompasses the basic foundation courses, students can elect to explore art in advanced courses.
Adviser: Carole Loeffler
Students who wish to minor in art should consult with the Department Chair. Note that students majoring in Art are ineligible to minor in Studio Art. (50% of the courses representing the minor must be completed in the Department of Art & Design at Arcadia University)
International study is encouraged for Studio Art majors, if it is possible, as it supports the understanding of art and art history in diverse cultural environments.
"The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep." —Paul Strand
The Art and Design Department strongly encourages students to immerse themselves in the study abroad opportunities that Arcadia University offers. Art and Design majors have the opportunity to explore the world for a semester or more with excellent courses at some of the world's most prestigious art programs in the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
You should meet with your adviser as a first year student to plan study abroad options. Almost all concentrations in Art and Design have sequenced courses, taken in a specific order, and certain concentrations only permit study abroad during a specific semester. You should meet with an adviser during your first year at Arcadia to discuss study abroad options. Careful planning is essential to avoid having to take an extra semester or year to complete your degree.
Below are some but not all of the schools at which you can study. In addition to formal classes, there are internship programs in England, Ireland, Scotland and Australia.