BA in Studio Art

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link to BA in Studio Art curriculum
(concentrations in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography)

Trinity's Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio with concentrations in a fine arts medium connects personal instruction — the advantage of a small program— to Chicago's vibrant professional arts and design scenes, an advantage many schools much larger than Trinity don't have. This helps Trinity students to operate successfully in a contemporary environment after graduation.

The BA program consists of 54 credits in studio art and art history paired with one or more minors. This degree can lead to work as an artist or to administrative or support roles in the art, museum or business worlds where visual skills are required. The program offers concentrations in drawing, painting sculpture, printmaking, mixed media or photography/video.

Because students study with faculty members who are professionally successful themselves, they not only get knowledge that is current, but also get a hand up into professional networks for both internships and jobs. In addition, professionally active faculty provide roles models for how Christians think and work in the art world.

Program overview

Fine art students spend at least 17 of 40 courses required for graduation in art. Those 19 courses divided in this way: seven to nine courses build a students' area of specialization; some students choose to take more. Six courses are devoted to foundation skills in design, drawing, painting, sculpture and digital media required of all art studio majors. Five courses cover art history and theory. Art studio students in fine art and design typically graduate with a minor in art history. Many students earn a second minor related to their career goal —communication arts or philosophy, for example.

Freshman courses build a range of basic skills. Sophomores typically choose an area in which to specialize and continue their study at an intermediate level. Upperclass students from all artistic disicplines meet together in advanced studio courses. The interdisciplnary nature of advanced studio classes —where painters, sculptors, photographers and designers mix it up— mirrors the nature of the art world and drives creativity in department. You can see examples of this in work done by artists in Senior Shows.

During junior or senior year, students do internships in artists' studios, arts organizations, galleries, to see how the material they have learned in class operates in the real world of art. Some students take advantage of off campus programs (Chicago Semester or New York Center for Art and Media Studies) affiliated with or approved by Trinity.

The Art Studio program in fine culminates in an exhibition in the Seerveld Gallery as part of Senior Seminar. A number of our students have gone on to highly ranked graduate programs in fine art and significant professional positions with galleries, museums and arts organizations.

The broad background of a liberal arts degree gives students a flexible approach to creative problem solving and careers in and beyond the art world. You can see what just some of our alumni are up to here.