Curriculum – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

CURRICULUM

Studio art students study painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and imaging (photography, video, and new media). Studio art courses at all levels are designed to help each student to explore a broad range of concepts, methods, and materials while developing individual ideas and a personal voice.

Consistent throughout the studio art experience is attention to craft, development of a refined understanding of formal relationships, exercise of a rigorous practice of art making, and exposure to a broad range of historical and contemporary examples. As part of a liberal arts education, studio art is one of the few places where students can creatively engage in the development of a visual language, and this study prepares them for further study in graduate programs as well as a wide range of careers.

HWS offers both a major and minor in studio art. In addition to a focus on work in the studio, art history is emphasized and all majors take a senior seminar that examines art theory and the professional practices The studio arts program is ideal for both the student who wishes to major as well as the student who wishes to experience the visual arts and apply that experience to other areas of study.

Students have the opportunity to culminate their undergraduate careers with a highly rewarding honors program. The honors program consists of a yearlong course of study, which is developed and pursued in close collaboration with a faculty mentor.
 

COURSE LIST

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Art Class

Requirements for the Studio Art Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 12 courses

Three courses from the following 100-level courses: ARTS 105, ARTS 114 or 115, ARTS 125, ARTS 165, ARTS 166; four 200-level studio art courses; two 300-level studio art courses; a seminar; and two art history courses.
 

Requirements for the Studio Art Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 12 courses
Three courses from the following 100-level courses: ARTS 105, ARTS 114 or 115, ARTS 125, ARTS 165; four 200-level studio art courses; two 300-level studio art courses; and three art history courses.
 

Requirements for the Studio Art Minor

disciplinary, 6 courses
Two courses from the following 100-level courses: ARTS 105, ARTS 114 or 115, ARTS 125, ARTS 165; two 200- or 300 level studio art courses; one art history course; and one additional studio art course.