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2020-2021 Springfield College Catalog 
2020-2021 Springfield College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Art

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Program Information

The studio art major provides an opportunity for students to learn to creatively combine practical, conceptual, and critical skills to engage with the challenges of an ever-changing and increasingly visual world. Students are encouraged to develop a personal vision through guided exploration in the studio arts with a comprehensive foundation in art history. The program in studio arts offers introductory and advanced level classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and mixed media. Students are encouraged to develop skills in a variety of media. Students gain the skills necessary to pursue a variety of careers in the fine and applied arts fields. In addition, the program prepares students for graduate studies in entry-level opportunities in the arts. Students in the studio art program are given the opportunity to show their work in the Graduating Senior Art Exhibit at William Blizzard gallery.

It is the underlying philosophy of the studio arts major that students developing as artists have a responsibility to share and lead in creating a better and more meaningful society.  The commitment to artistic and social responsibility by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts faculty and students is the essence of the Springfield College Humanics philosophy.

For more information on the Art major, click here.

To view a major program sequence to assist with course planning, click here.

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Studio Art

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Contact Information

For more information about the art major, contact the Program Director, Dr. Jessica Poser, Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Community Engagement.


IA. Core Curriculum (40 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being. 

For specific requirements, see the Core Curriculum Program Requirements - Undergraduate Students (40 credits)   section.

To view the general education requirements for students entering Springfield College before Fall 2020, Click Here   

II. Major Requirements

And select one of the following for a total of 6 credits:

Student can take two 3 credit courses in one advanced studio or three 2 credit courses in one advanced studio.

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

Program Standards

In order to achieve advanced standing and be eligible for advanced courses and fieldwork experience, all art majors must have a record of demonstrating standards of professional competency related to attendance, preparation, academic honesty, creativity, maturity, professional behavior, empathy toward others, aptitude, and aesthetic awareness. Students must also meet the following academic standards:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.500.
  2. A 2.500 GPA in all program requirements.
  3. A grade of C or better in all ARTS or ATPY courses.

Once met, standards for advanced standing must be maintained to continue in the major. Students who do not achieve advanced standing by their 90th semester hour must change to another major. If the standards are eventually met, the student may petition the department’s Appraisal and Retention Committee to be readmitted. More information about advanced standing standards and the process to apply is available from the Visual and Performing Arts Department.

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