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

120 credit hours
95% career outcome rate
2 degree options

Studio ArtFeatured Courses

As a student in the studio art major at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the studio art profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various studio art careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Studio ArtSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

 Studio Art: Bachelor's of Art (B.A.)

Sample Course List

Semester 1 (B.A.)

ART 103
Observational Drawing
An exploration of the foundational aspects of mark-making, this course is a study in drawing what you see. Emphasis will be placed on observational, expressive and compositional aspects inherent to drawing through the use of various black and white and color media.
3
credits
ART 145
Digital Imaging
Explores 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.
3
credits
ART 203
Two-Dimensional Design
Explores 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 contexts. Initial study in color theory and color relationships.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 2 (B.A.)

ART 190
Graphic Design
This course combines creative development of ideas, effective communication and correct technical reproduction of the graphic design process with the study of historic and contemporary movements, designers, and innovations in the graphic design/illustration experience. From the invention of writing to the printing press to the digital age, this course allows for an in-depth survey of the graphic design arena.
3
credits
ART 205
Three-Dimensional Design
An essential foundation in the process of making dimensional objects. Projects explore different techniques in production of form through additive and subtractive means. There will be an emphasis on formal production by strongly considering the elements and principles of design in the making of objects in space.
3
credits
ART 235
Digital Photography
Explores photography as an art form. Development of a critical eye for photography through historical and cultural context, as well as in-class group critiques. An introduction to technical and creative strategies such as exposure, lighting, color, perspective, and editing. A focus on thematic and conceptual projects that require students to challenge how they see and understand the world through a lens.
3
credits
ART 271
Art History I
A 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.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 3 (B.A.)

ART 207
Moving Image
An introduction to history, practices, and strategies related to time-based media with an emphasis on video. Students will work both individually and collaboratively to explore temporal formats that involve sound, editing, continuity, writing, and other narrative and non-narrative techniques. An introduction to basic technical skills related to the various production phases of video and other media.
3
credits
ART 243
Ceramics - Wheel Throwing
Cover 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. Course fee.
3
credits
ART 272
Art History II
A 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.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 4 (B.A.)

ART 161
Visual Studies
Visual 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.
3
credits
ART 213
Integrated Materials
An exploration of the intuitive process of drawing and the spatial language of sculpture, challenging the boundaries between the two, this course will focus on creating a unique dialog based on symbolism and metaphorical content.
3
credits
ART 325
Painting
Exploration of basic technical and expressive possibilities in painting that deal with a variety of problems in basic structure, elements of space, and surface quality.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 5 (B.A.)

ART 223
Water Based Media
Exploration of the unique characteristics and potential of water based media; various techniques and styles for personal expression.
3
credits
ART 273
Art History III
A 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.
3
credits
ART 315
Printmaking
Students learn to use selected printmaking techniques such as woodcut, etching, drypoint, aquatint, screen printing.
3
credits
ART 345
Sculpture
This upper-level course will be structured around an intensive investigation of several diverse ideas, medias and processes that make sculpture. Conceptual concerns and ideas related to the field of sculpture are addressed.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 6 (B.A.)

ART 215
Studio IV- Studies in Monochrome Surface
Intuitively exploring formal languages and physicality of materials within the drawing discipline, this course will focus on the interconnectedness of abstract and tactile generative processes.
3
credits
ART 242
Ceramics – Hand Building and Slip Casting
3
credits
Total Credits
6

Semester 7 (B.A.)

ART 214
Figure and Time
An exploration of the dynamic human response to time and space, this course is a study of the human figure through an assortment of drawing approaches, time-based exercises, and performative strategies. An exploration of identity, embodiment, and representation as practiced through collaborative drawing reconnects eye to hand, mind to body, and individual to community.
3
credits
ART 489
Portfolio and the Art Vocation
A 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.
3
credits
Total Credits
6

Semester 8 (B.A.)

ART 425
Inter-Media
A 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.
3
credits
ART XX
Elective
An art department elective course
3
credits
Total Credits
6

Studio Art: Bachelor's of Fine Art (B.F.A.)

Sample Course List

Semester 1 (B.F.A.)

ART 103
Observational Drawing
An exploration of the foundational aspects of mark-making, this course is a study in drawing what you see. Emphasis will be placed on observational, expressive and compositional aspects inherent to drawing through the use of various black and white and color media.
3
credits
ART 145
Digital Imaging
Explores 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.
3
credits
ART 203
Two-Dimensional Design
Explores 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 contexts. Initial study in color theory and color relationships.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 2 (B.F.A.)

ART 190
Graphic Design
This course combines creative development of ideas, effective communication and correct technical reproduction of the graphic design process with the study of historic and contemporary movements, designers, and innovations in the graphic design/illustration experience. From the invention of writing to the printing press to the digital age, this course allows for an in-depth survey of the graphic design arena.
3
credits
ART 205
Three-Dimensional Design
An essential foundation in the process of making dimensional objects. Projects explore different techniques in production of form through additive and subtractive means. There will be an emphasis on formal production by strongly considering the elements and principles of design in the making of objects in space.
3
credits
ART 235
Digital Photography
Explores photography as an art form. Development of a critical eye for photography through historical and cultural context, as well as in-class group critiques. An introduction to technical and creative strategies such as exposure, lighting, color, perspective, and editing. A focus on thematic and conceptual projects that require students to challenge how they see and understand the world through a lens.
3
credits
ART 271
Art History I
A 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.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 3 (B.F.A.)

ART 207
Moving Image
An introduction to history, practices, and strategies related to time-based media with an emphasis on video. Students will work both individually and collaboratively to explore temporal formats that involve sound, editing, continuity, writing, and other narrative and non-narrative techniques. An introduction to basic technical skills related to the various production phases of video and other media.
3
credits
ART 223
Water Based Media
Exploration of the unique characteristics and potential of water based media; various techniques and styles for personal expression.
3
credits
ART 243
Ceramics - Wheel Throwing
Cover 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. Course fee.
3
credits
ART 272
Art History II
A 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.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 4 (B.F.A.)

ART 161
Visual Studies
Visual 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.
3
credits
ART 213
Integrated Materials
An exploration of the intuitive process of drawing and the spatial language of sculpture, challenging the boundaries between the two, this course will focus on creating a unique dialog based on symbolism and metaphorical content.
3
credits
ART 242
Ceramics – Hand Building and Slip Casting
3
credits
ART 325
Painting
Exploration of basic technical and expressive possibilities in painting that deal with a variety of problems in basic structure, elements of space, and surface quality.
3
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 5 (B.F.A.)

ART 273
Art History III
A 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.
3
credits
ART 315
Printmaking
Students learn to use selected printmaking techniques such as woodcut, etching, drypoint, aquatint, screen printing.
3
credits
ART 345
Sculpture
This upper-level course will be structured around an intensive investigation of several diverse ideas, medias and processes that make sculpture. Conceptual concerns and ideas related to the field of sculpture are addressed.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 6 (B.F.A.)

ART 215
Studio IV- Studies in Monochrome Surface
Intuitively exploring formal languages and physicality of materials within the drawing discipline, this course will focus on the interconnectedness of abstract and tactile generative processes.
3
credits
ART 370
Special Topics in Art
A sequence of different topics offered in the disciplines of art criticisms, analysis, and aesthetics.
3
credits
ART 425
Inter-Media
A 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.
3
credits
Total Credits
9

Semester 7 (B.F.A.)

ART 489
Portfolio and the Art Vocation
A 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.
3
credits
ART
Elective
An art elective course.
3
credits
Total Credits
6

Semester 8 (B.F.A.)

ART 499
BFA Honors Thesis Capstone
This course is required for all the Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates seeking to exhibit their artwork in the BFA Thesis Exhibition. To accomplish this, the student prepares and displays a solo or group show of their artwork and presents their study in the Research Symposium. Prerequisites: BFA candidate and permission of the art faculty through the Senior Exit Portfolio Review.
3
credits
ART
Elective
An art elective course.
3
credits
Total Credits
6
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Studio Art Faculty

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