As a Saint Mary’s art student, you will develop an impressive portfolio and exhibit your work every semester in The Moreau Center for the Arts. In-class critiques will teach you to analyze and evaluate student work as well as express your observations. You’ll explore fresh developments in artistic technique, form, and theory with accomplished professors who exhibit regionally, nationally, and internationally. The art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
"Saint Mary's as a whole, but especially the art department, was such a supportive place, both through professors and fellow students. I have made lifelong friends and memories and will never forget the morals, education, and confidence that Saint Mary's instilled in me." —Lauren Magnifico '06
When you major in Art at Saint Mary's College you can choose from two degrees. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is the professional degree in Studio Art and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is the liberal arts degree in Studio or Art History. B.F.A. or B.A. students can complete requirements in Education to teach art in grades K-12.
Areas of Emphasis
As a B.A. or B.F.A. major in studio art, develop expertise as you specialize in one of the following areas: ceramics, fibers, new media art, painting, photo media, printmaking, or sculpture.
By the time you graduate, you will have created a comprehensive portfolio. It will incorporate work from semester portfolio reviews, where faculty review your studio work and assess it based on the previous portfolio review. This process helps to ensure you’re progressing through the program and reaching your artistic potential.
Writing in the major
Learn to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences and distinguish yourself as a skilled writer through your advanced writing portfolio. You will submit four writing samples that include items such as an artist’s statement, research paper, grant proposal, or exhibition review.
If you are a senior B.F.A. and B.A. student with a concentration in studio you will exhibit studio work that demonstrates your artistic development at Saint Mary’s. This final, comprehensive project must be original, aesthetically sound, and completed in an area of emphasis (four or more courses taken in that area). This important portfolio helps students gain employment, exhibition opportunities, and acceptance to graduate schools.
If you are a senior B.A. student with a concentration in art history, you will complete a senior comprehensive paper demonstrating conceptual originality, research skill, and appropriate methodology.
At Saint Mary’s, besides immersing yourself in the studios to work, you’ll enjoy opportunities outside of class that include internships, some sponsored by INC@SMC grants. Students have obtained summer residencies at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Jonquil Design Associates in Knox, Indiana. Through visiting artist programs, lectures, and gallery exhibitions, the art department shares its experience with students at the College and the larger community.
Prepare for a future that ranges from working as an art consultant to an art teacher, curator, designer, media advisor, production assistant, or sales manager. Many art graduates continue their graduate studies with top art programs across the nation. Visit the Career Crossings Office website to explore many great career opportunities for Saint Mary’s graduates.