Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

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To inquire about this program, contact:
Prof. Jolene Powell

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Is art a way for you to express yourself? A way to see the world differently? As a studio art major at Marietta, you'll have the opportunity to develop your own personal style while mastering the fundamental principles and a range of studio techniques. Not only will your time at Marietta make you a better artist, it will prepare you for graduate school and for a professional career in art.

We believe the best artists learn from the masters. This is why students in studio art classes study and reference pieces from the College's permanent art collection, including works from Rembrandt, Whistler, Goya, D'rer, and Toulouse-Lautrec, to name a few. The Art Department contains two gallery spaces and facilities for printmaking, painting, drawing, design, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry. You will be introduced to artists and designers through guest lecturers and exhibitions in the Hermann Fine Arts Center gallery. The main gallery hosts at least three exhibitions per semester, featuring work in a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches. The student gallery is available for individual student or group exhibitions throughout the academic year.

Each major in Studio Art selects a topic or project to work on during the senior year. All work for the course is new and not samples from all four years, and each culminates in a capstone exhibition. Students work with a committee headed by one faculty member, where they also have access to visiting artists and designers.

Required Courses

Majoring in Studio Art, you'll take core courses like:

  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II
  • Flat Design
  • Solid Design
  • Figure Drawing
  • Portfolio and Self-Promotion
  • Art History (2 survey courses, and 1 art history elective)
  • 6 hours of Studio Art electives
  • Senior Capstone

Studio Art majors may choose an area of concentration, taking at least 12 hours of courses from one of these areas:

  • Painting: oil painting, water-based painting, acrylic painting, monoprinting
  • Printmaking: monoprinting, blockprinting and etching, lithography, and silk screen
  • 3-Dimensional: ceramics, sculpture, mixed media

Requirements for a Minor
Art 101 or 102; Art 201; 3 hours of Art History, plus 9 hours of Studio Art or Art History electives.

click to expandPlaces a Degree Can Take You

In Marietta's studio art program, you'll have the opportunity to develop your artistic talents further through an apprenticeship with a studio artist. Your apprenticeship may last a semester or longer and can take place here in Marietta, in your hometown, or anywhere in the world.

Clubs & Organizations
For students who want to pursue art outside the classroom, the Art and Design Group promotes art on campus and sponsors student exhibitions, field trips, and activities.

The Arts and Humanities Council works with other campus organizations to offer programs that support creativity and interest in the fine arts and humanities at Marietta.

The international honorary art fraternity, Kappa Pi, recognizes the academic achievements of graphic design and studio art majors through yearly chapter inductions. The members of Marietta's Kappa Pi chapter actively engage in campus and community service projects related to the arts.

click to expandSuccessful Alumni

Our graduates work as studio artists, illustrators, and educators all across the country. Some of these positions include:

Scenic Artist
Nickelodeon Studios

Kunkelman Pottery

Lockheed Martin Scholarship Foundation

Art Resource Center Coordinator
Bowling Green State University

Art Professor and Curator
University of Michigan

Instrumental Color Group Manager
PPG Industries

Fine Artist
American Masters

The Fenton Art Glass Company

Painter/Mural Artist

Picture This Corporate Art Incorporated

Head of Design/Prepress
Lithokraft II

Art Director

Interior Designer
MAC Designs

click to expandScholarship Opportunities

The Florence Gross Morgan Memorial Scholarship provides partial tuition to a student studying in the field of the fine arts.

The Valdis and Missy Hall Garoza Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified students majoring in graphic design or studio art.

The Fine Arts Talent Competition awards scholarships to encourage participation in the arts and to reward students who will enrich Marietta's cultural environment. The scholarship is renewable and is awarded in art, music, and theatre