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B.A. B.F.A. Studio Art

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120 credit hours
95% career outcome rate1

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The role of the artist in society is unique. Artists are agents of change, expressing their individual perspective on the world around them through ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and graphic design.

A degree in studio art from Concordia University, Nebraska is a degree in critical thinking, visual and spatial reasoning and creative problem-solving. Through a sequence of studio and design courses, you will be 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. Here, you can make connections across disciplines and learn how to use visual language to express your ideas, make social commentary, effect change and celebrate beauty. A studio art degree from Concordia Nebraska 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 major 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.

The studio art portfolio you assemble at Concordia Nebraska will enable you to pursue an advanced degree at leading art and design schools or to begin your career as an artist for diverse industries and institutions, including arts organizations and print, digital and broadcast media. At Concordia, you’ll get more than a great education; you’ll also be prepared for your vocations in art, wherever it might take you.

Studio Art Courses

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Program Differentiators

Core Concepts

The studio art program at Concordia University, Nebraska develops visual artists. Students are encouraged to take risks, speculate, explore, research, create and pursue artworks of quality. Students are asked to deal in materials and in ideas, to explore past perceptions of the world of art and their interior and exterior worlds of imagination, faith and values. These expectations call for a commitment to study, a disciplined approach to work and a willingness to integrate personal, spiritual and cultural identities in their artwork.

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The art department at Concordia University, Nebraska focuses on discovering and celebrating the artist that each student has been created to be. 

Being part of a whole community rather than just an art community has been an extremely valuable part of Concordia. The community is top notch. It's why I'm here.
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Concordia NebraskaStudio Art: Learning Objectives

Students in the studio art program at Concordia University, Nebraska will understand the non-verbal language of art

Students will develop responses to visual phenomena and organize perceptions and conceptualizations both rationally and intuitively.

Students will become familiar with the major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading artists past and present.

Students will become familiar with and develop competence in a number of art skills, such as drawing, printmaking, sculpture, painting, graphic design, film, photography and ceramics.

Students will make valid assessments of quality in works of art.

Concordia NebraskaStudio Art: Program Goals


Students in the studio art program at Concordia University, Nebraska will foster an appreciation and critical awareness of the visual arts


Students will create works of personal and collaborative expression and bring the works to fruition using applicable skills.


Students will be able to articulate a reflective and critical evaluation of their own and other’s efforts using written and/or oral communication.


Students will be prepared for further study and careers in the visual arts.

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Studio Art Faculty

As experts in studio art, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom.

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Concordia Nebraska Studio Art: Career Outcomes

Fine Artist

Fine artists create art for exhibitions, art galleries or online stores. Depending on your passion, you might create weavings, paintings, glass sculptures or work in the medium that suits you best. Then you must find the right way to promote your art and build your reputation.

1% Annual Growth Rate2
$22,020 Entry-Level Salary2
$48,960 Mid-Level Salary2
$101,400 Late-Level Salary2

Art Director

Art directors set the artistic tone of projects, using visuals to bring concepts to life for websites, magazines, ad campaigns, tv or film, photo shoots and video games. Depending on where you work, you may help direct a team of designers, critique work, create deadlines and budgets and inspire your team to produce the best possible visual art.

1% Annual Growth Rate2
$52,160 Entry-Level Salary2
$92,780 Mid-Level Salary2
$172,570 Late-Level Salary2

Art Critic

Art critics write articles in which they interpret and analyze the meaning and quality of an artists’ work. As an art critic, you might write for a newspaper, magazine or blog and report on current art exhibits, galleries and artists in your area. Or you might write for an art journal, university or professional art organization, covering various art styles and movements.

1% Annual Growth Rate2
$35,750 Entry-Level Salary2
$68,810 Mid-Level Salary2
$102,200 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaStudio Art: Related Programs


Art Education

A degree in art education from Concordia University, Nebraska gives you a broad range of skills with studio- and design-based courses that provide models for both learning and leading in a classroom. Coupled with course work in art history, you will gain exposure to a variety of media, technology, and art methods, all of which prepare you to be an art educator in a classroom or any number of other settings.

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Arts Administration

A degree in arts administration from Concordia University, Nebraska opens up a multitude of opportunities to combine business with art. Arts administrators are responsible for the business operations and management of cultural, performing, music and other arts venues.

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Graphic Design

As a graphic design major at Concordia University, Nebraska, you will be equipped to analyze problems and create solutions using image-, type- and web-based strategies. Through a sequence of studio and design courses that introduce a range of materials and working procedures, you will learn how to organize the flow of communication from classroom to client and into society. Concordia’s graphic design program provides the educational framework, experiential training and professional preparedness necessary to compete in today’s market.

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Art Therapy

The art therapy program at Concordia, the only one of its kind in Nebraska, will prepare you to serve in the health field through your art. A degree in art therapy provides you with a quality foundation for you to use your creative process to help people of all ages improve their health and emotional well-being. With your art therapy degree, you can work in schools, nursing homes, prisons, hospitals, recreation facilities, mental health hospitals and nonprofit agencies.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.