A degree in studio art is a degree in critical thinking, visual and spatial reasoning, and creative problem solving. Through a sequence of studio and design courses, you are introduced to a wide range of materials and procedures from basic two- and three-dimensional media to multi-disciplinary experimentation. Through historical and theoretical content, you can engage with art’s critical discourse. A studio art degree from Concordia will help you not only achieve personal fulfillment through creative expression, but also give you the framework to be a professional within the art field.
Concordia’s studio art program prepares you in a variety of disciplines, from ceramics to new media studies to film production. In addition, you will receive a quality foundation for pursuing defined disciplines and career specializations in related fields such as museum work or post-secondary teaching.
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Studio Art Sample Academic Outcomes
- Springfield College
- Regent University
- Georgia Tech
- University of Wisconsin
- University of Iowa
- Lesley University
- Cranbrook Academy of Art
Employed within 6 months of graduation
In grad school in a related field
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Studio Art Student and Alumni Reviews
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With the only entire building dedicated to the fine arts in the GPAC conference, Brommer Hall is designed for student to interact, support and strengthen all aspects of their art disciplines.
Red Path Gallery for Art
Nestled in downtown Seward, the Red Path Gallery for Art provides an opportunity for students and the community to showcase, critique and collaborate on art projects.
Center for Liturgical Art
The Center for Liturgical Art was established as an institute of Concordia University, Nebraska to create a program capable of spreading the Gospel through art while allowing students the opportunity to learn about being an artist in the Church.
An organization run entirely by students in the Art Department, the art club provides you with an opportunity to grow in your art through collaboration with your classmates.
Studio Art Sample Course Schedule
ART 100 Tools, Materials and Safe Process1Conceived as a broad-based, integrative approach to learning as well as making, the Tools, Materials and Process entry-level studio experience explores the basic principles of constructing, fabricating, and using materials for image and object making. Basic skills with studio hand tools, power equipment, material handling, and applicable safety procedures will be emphasized as applicable to working as a student in the Art department. Course fee.
Art 103 Drawing I3Foundation in the basic perceptual, expressive and design aspects of drawing; use of various black and white media and diverse subjects.
Art 145 Digital Imaging3Explores capturing, digitizing and editing images with an emphasis on meeting aesthetic and technical requirements of the graphic design industry. Students will learn to color-correct, manipulate, retouch, enhance and composite digital images.
Art 203 Two-Dimensional Design3Explores the elements and principles of composition, systems of organization, and the exploration of two– dimensional media. This course provides an analysis of the interaction between visual subject matter, form and content. Emphasis on perceiving formal relationships in natural and artistic context
Art 161 Visual Studies1Visual Studies will place an emphasis on the development of higher-level critical thinking skills and a broad introduction to the aesthetic vocabulary of form, concept, criticism and historical theories in the visual arts. Students will develop skills to articulate and defend critical positions about artists, works of art and art exhibitions.
Art 205 Three-Demensional Design3A course in Spatial Dynamics. An essential foundation, providing a strong understanding and use of made objects in space, simultaneously shaping space. Students explore objects in space and time, and explore space and time in objects. In doing so, they learn about the structure of form, the power of design and the use of design as a means to expression and craft. Students are encouraged to investigate the potential of a range of materials and working processes.
Art 213 Drawing II3Drawing II will place an emphasis on landscape and still life subject matter. Both traditional and experimental approaches will be considered.
ART 223 Watercolor3Exploration of the unique properties and potential of the watercolor medium; various styles and techniques.
Art 235 Basic Digital Photography3Explores photography as an art medium. No previous experience in photography is necessary, but drawing and design should be considered very important prerequisites. This is not a course in technical, applied, commercial, or professional photography, and we are not concerned with conventional problems, routine, or formula solutions. Specific, unique seeing is our goal and success is incumbent upon the ability to explore, with an open mind, a number of visual possibilities. The main emphasis and activity will be the production of acceptable pictures through the control of light, camera function, digital production, printing, and group critiques.
Art 243 Ceramics3Cover a range of concepts, traditions and techniques that are specific to the discipline of ceramics. Projects will revolve around the topics of space, structure and form. Techniques and processes including hand building, surface treatment, wheel thrown techniques and glazes will be covered. Through making, skills will become more developed providing a higher sense of confidence with the medium while allowing for more control over objects and projects.
Art 271 Art History I3A historical survey of the art and architecture of European and near Eastern cultures prior to the Renaissance; art of Islam, Oceana and the native arts of the Americas.
Art 272 Art History II3A study of painting, sculpture and architecture from early Renaissance through 19th century styles. The art of the Eastern cultures of China and Japan will also be explored.
Art 325 Painting3Exploration of basic technical and expressive possibilities in painting that deal with a variety of problems in basic structure, elements of space, and surface quality.
Art 345 Sculpture3The concepts and materials of sculpture are inextricably bound together. This course is a rigorous introduction to the major issues and techniques of sculpture, including a critical dialogue in contemporary sculpture. The course will be structured around an intensive investigation of several diverse ideas that make sculpture, such as: carving, casting, constructing, fabricating, space installation and social context.
Art 214 Drawing III3Basic approaches to drawing the human figure through the study of anatomy, both skeletal and muscular systems. Exploration of human form through the use of line through gesture, contour, and planer studies, as well as, value studies. Some emphasis upon drawing the human head and face.
Art 273 Art History III3A study of the diverse movements within the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture and photography from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time. Recent developments in art theory will be emphasized.
Art 315 Printmaking3Students learn to use selected printmaking techniques such as woodcut, etching, drypoint, aquatint, screen printing.
ART Studio Elective3
Art 215 Drawing IV3The drawing of human figures is extended to composing the human form in groups and relating them to various spatial environments.
Art 425 Collage and Mixed Media3A study of the history and theory of collage. Exploration of the unique characteristics and potential of two dimensional collage, assemblage relief, and installation. Conceptual development through the presentation of various techniques, theories, and approaches.
Art 489 Portfolio2A guided plan of study resulting in a professional print and digital portfolio, resume', job search process, business interview etiquette and attire, and planning for post-graduate career opportunities.
ART Advanced Studio3
ART Advanced Studio3