University of Minnesota Morris

Studio Art

The top 5 things to consider when planning a major in Studio Art

  1. Yes, Basic Studio is a bit tricky to schedule—but it IS possible to do! If the student can get Basic Studio completed, the other studio courses are more flexible. The discipline is also willing to split Basic Studio over two years, if the student can complete the paired drawing (Drawing I and Drawing II) and design courses (2D Design and 3D Design) in sequence, or Discussion can be scheduled in another year. Speak to one of the faculty in Studio Art; we can, and do, make adjustments to accommodate students in athletics and/or with dual majors. The Basic Studio Sequence is the prerequisite for all upper division courses in the major or minor, so completing this early (preferably in the first year) is the best.
  2. General Education Requirement courses are best spread over the whole college experience. Studio Art majors need a balance of studio and lecture courses. You will notice that Studio Art course credits are less than the regular credit module; this is to guarantee a breadth and depth of material and technical experiences that result in stronger majors. (Most majors even take MORE than they need!) So, GER’s are very good to use every term. Students also find a second major is also useful—especially in Art History, because of an overlap in course requirements.
  3. Studio Art requires studio time commitment to complete work; set a studio work schedule to maintain constant progress in your work. The studios foster wonderful friendships because of that shared work environment too! And while the discipline works hard to keep costs of materials low by doing bulk purchasing through a lab fee assessed to each student for each studio course, students will be required to purchase additional materials as needed.
  4. There are numerous opportunities outside the studio including: gallery exhibits, internships, TA positions for lower division courses, work study employment, study abroad programs, research partnerships with faculty artists, and Art Club activities.
  5. The major can be completed in three years, but four is better to refine skills and spread out coursework in the studios. Teaching licensure requires a few more courses, to meet state requirements.