Program

The B.A. in Studio Arts provides a broad foundation in fundamental techniques and concepts and permits each individual to experience the possibilities of creative expression and to develop an understanding of art as a key to cultural awareness.

Studio Arts major is comprised of four emphases:

Students in the Fine Arts Emphasis are able to specialize in the following concentrations: Drawing/Painting (FADP), Photography (FAPH), Printmaking (FAPR) and Ceramics (FACR), or an Individualized Studies Program (FAIS).

For more a detailed view of the Studio Art major, featuring a 4-year model plan of each emphasis along with a full list of the studio arts courses please refer to the following resource links:

The Studio Arts program features 11 full-time faculty and 25-27 part-time faculty each semester, with approximately 1,100 students enrolled in required major courses and art elective courses each semester.

Our Studio Arts classes are small – approximately 12-16 students – with the exception of art history classes. Each student majoring and minoring in studio arts is assigned a faculty advisor in his or her area of study who can be consulted about what courses to take and when to take them.

All students, regardless of emphasis or concentration, are expected to engage in studio work in addition to scheduled class time. Studios are open to enrolled students outside of class time on a twenty-four hour basis. For studio classes, one semester hour of credit, or one unit, represents three hours of work each week. In lecture and seminar courses, one hour of credit represents one hour each week in class and two hours of work outside of class. Following the customary procedure of most colleges and universities, the Studio Arts program reserves the right to retain for a period of three years any work which a student has completed for course credit.

The studio facilities are some of the finest in Southern California which includes equipment supporting both traditional and current technological approaches. Another asset that contributes to the energy and vitality of our program is the Los Angeles cultural environment. The Studio Arts program is enriched both by LMU's location in Los Angeles – an international art center – and by the University's studio facilities. Our two campus galleries offer opportunities for exhibiting work. Our advanced thesis courses and internships in the greater Los Angeles area provide professional refinement in the arts.