The studio art program offers a rich and diverse
range of investigations across the disciplines of art making
and art history. Integrating extensive liberal arts offerings with
a broad studio experience, majors may choose to balance exploration
with focus in a particular area as preparation for graduate school
or future work in an art-related field. Critical thinking, imaginative
problem solving, and self-reflective evaluation are key components
in the development of the theoretical and technical aspects of
art making. Through art courses students gain competency in visual
language, an increasingly important skill in contemporary culture.
Visual and verbal analytical and organizational skills learned
in the studio apply to thoughtful practice in many arenas of
The studio art major presents students with a
four-course foundations program to be completed within the first
two years. Students then proceed
through exploratory courses chosen from the areas of ceramics,
communication design, drawing, fibers, metals, painting, photography,
and sculpture. In the third and fourth years of study students
concentrate in an area of their choice. Faculty participate not
only as teachers
within their area of expertise but also as advisors, who help students
select and pursue the courses and course study best suited to the
All studio art courses meet for six hours per
week. A cumulative grade of C or better is required for all work
in the major.
There are two areas of studio art for which Advanced
Placement (AP) credit can be awarded: Studio Art: General and Studio
Art: Drawing. A score of 4 or 5 in any one area earns the student
six college credits. It is the department's policy that up to four
of the six AP credits can be used toward an elective in the student's
major or minor. The remaining credits may be treated as general
elective credit toward the Skidmore degree. An exception to this
policy must have approval from the Department of Art and Art History
chair in consultation with appropriate faculty.
THE STUDIO ART MAJOR: A minimum of thirteen studio
art courses and three art history courses for a total of sixteen
courses and at least sixty credit hours. Requirements for the bachelor
of science degree in studio art:
1. Foundation: Four foundation
courses are required of all studio art majors: AR131 ,
132 , 133 , 134.
2. Exploration: A total of four courses beyond foundations, each from
a different studio area: ceramics, communication design, drawing, electronic media, fibers,
metals, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.
3. Depth: Five courses chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.
a) Primary concentration: at least two
courses within a single studio area, at or above the 200 level
b) Maturity: at least three 300-level studio art courses
4. Art history: three art history courses
that must include AH100, and two electives.
5. It is recommended that the four foundation courses, one exploration
course, and AH100 be completed by the end of the second year.
6. Capstone: successful participation in the Senior Thesis Exhibition.
As preparation for the exhibit, senior majors will be required to meet
as a group six times on a biweekly basis with department faculty in
the spring semester of the senior year. Group meetings will discuss
the philosophy, aesthetics, logistics, the artist statement, and effective
planning for the exhibit.
The department recommends the following focus
in course selection as preparation for graduate study and professional
practice in studio art disciplines.
1. Drawing: at least one additional course
beyond foundation drawing.
2. Depth: Additional courses in an area of concentration beyond the
two required contribute a great deal to the development of a strong
body of work. Students should consult regularly with their advisor
to select courses that will build artistic development and work for
3. Art history: The study of art history is essential to a studio
art major. The department encourages students to take additional
art history courses beyond the three required courses.
The Department of Art and Art History reserves
the privilege of keeping a part of the work of any student.
STUDIO ART MINOR: Any student choosing studio
art as a minor must consult the chair of the Department of Art
and Art History for program approval. It is recommended that
students begin work for the minor not later than the beginning
of the second year. Students electing to minor in studio art
are required to take any six studio art courses
and any two courses in art history.
Note: Please refer to the Academic Information Guide regarding double
counting of courses between majors and minors.
STUDIO FEES: All studio courses including Advanced
Studio Problems and Independent Study carry laboratory fees (see
course descriptions). In addition, students must purchase consumable
materials and personal supplies.
COURSE AVAILABILITY. The
department is committed to having students experience a variety
space is limited, and, therefore, students cannot be guaranteed
in specific courses during any given semester. As soon as students
are confident about their choice of program, they should declare