Department of Art, College of Fine and Performing Arts
Introduction/What is the Study of Art Studio?
Art Studio includes ceramics, drawing/painting, fiber/fabrics, mixed media, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The objectives of the major are to investigate the function of art and the relationships between art, culture, artist and audience. Art studio classes are designed to familiarize students with the principles that shape and inform visual literacy and expression through a variety of practices in art making. Students meet with an advisor after completing 200-level courses to write a formal plan of study and select an area of Art Studio for concentration.
Why Consider an Art Studio Major?
To learn to create, interpret, analyze, and make informed judgments about art, studio concepts, and practices.
Art Educator | Exhibiting Artist | Exhibit Designer | Gallery Director | Photographer | Curator
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Most classes in the Studio area are restricted to majors only. To access classes in this area, a formal application to the Department of Art is required. For students in art studio, art education, application for the major is made with a portfolio of work. The portfolio will be reviewed by Department of Art faculty and evaluated on the basis of a demonstrated understanding of the elements of visual art, technical proficiency and originality.
All applicants of Art Studio and Art Education majors must submit a portfolio of 12 works. It is recommended that the portfolio includes only recent pieces. Artwork can be in any media and must demonstrate the following criteria:
Understanding of formal principles
Ability to use visual language to communicate ideas
Originality and risk taking
An accompanying list should briefly describe the rationale behind each piece. Macintosh-compatible CD-ROMs; slides and online portfolios are acceptable. Digital portfolios must be presented in an easily accessible format. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure proper functioning of the presentation.
Send portfolio to:
Western Washington University
Fine Arts Complex, Room 116
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9068
Application Deadlines: Application deadlines are October 15 and January 31. Portfolios must be received by the deadlines, not postmarked by the deadlines.
Advising Tips: Students meet with an advisor after completing 200-level courses to write a formal plan of study and select an area of Art Studio for concentration.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.