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Studio Art

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Academics / Departments & Programs / Art and Art History / AcademicsStudio Art

Degree Overview

In this program, you'll understand great art by making it. You'll feel the heat of the kiln in a state-of-the-art ceramics studio. Watch people moved by a photograph you developed in the darkroom. Help organize an annual arts festival (with your own paintings on view).

Those experiences add up to much more than artistic skill. Yes, you’ll master painting, drawing, photography, or ceramics. You’ll get guidance from expert Christian faculty and encouragement from peers. But you'll also learn to think creatively, critique effectively, and communicate thoughtfully to any audience.

When you graduate, you'll have what you need to thrive in a wide range of careers: a wealth of experience, a rigorous education, and a supportive network of friends and fellow artists.

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Program Distinctives

Fits with other programs - It’s easy to complement your studio art major with a second major. Your artistic skills will greatly increase your options in fields like business, education, and marketing.
Personal program - Calvin’s art program is close-knit and supportive. You’ll get personal attention from your professors, and work one-on-one with an advisor to customize your major to fit your goals, expression, and style.
Production focus - Create in stimulating studio spaces where you’ll find tools both old and new--from traditional canvas to the latest graphic design software.
Beyond the skills - In addition to gaining technical skills, you’ll become more innovative in your art. Learn to craft messages, see art critically, and solve design problems anchored in questions of “how?” and “why?”

Program Requirements & Opportunities

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Want to see how your art major will turn into a career? Sign up for Calvin’s LifeWork program to prepare for life after college.

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