The studio art major is designed both for the student artist and students with an interest in art. The program focuses on students' creative inquiry and provides a platform to develop skills of visual expression and critical thinking, as well as the satisfaction of making art
Our vibrant faculty is comprised of artists, designers, collectors, scholars, and activists, and our students benefit greatly by collaborating with experts who are actively engaged in the art world. Students learn the techniques and tools to create and analyze artwork inside and outside the studio. Our proximity to the museums and galleries of New York City is a major asset, with class trips and internships available.
A perk of the studio art program is the opportunity to exhibit in the studio and exhibition spaces on campus including the Lukacs Gallery, where art majors and minors are able to have solo and class exhibitions.
A studio art major provides a solid basis for careers requiring creative thinking, problem solving, and visual communication -- such as marketing, education, therapy, and public relations -- as well as for graduate school and all art-related fields.
Studio Art Major (30 credits)
To complete a Studio Art major, students will take the following:
For an 18-credit Studio Art minor, students must satisfy the following requirements:
See Studio Art course descriptions from our catalog for more information
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Jane L. Sutherland
Studio Internships are for students who have completed at least 3 studio courses and whose academic work has prepared them for professional work related to the major. An Internship allows you to gain hands-on experience in fields related to Studio Art through supervised work for artists, in galleries or museums.
Internships require faculty supervision and are developed by each student in consultation with the supervising professor. You'll set up a time to meet with the supervising professor and can either have a specific venue already selected or ask the supervising professor for assistance in finding a studio, gallery, museum, or artist to contact. Internships must be finalized with the studio program director by the midpoint of the preceding semester.
Internship possibilities include:
Learn more about Fairfield University's internship opportunities.
Studio art students graduate from Fairfield with a broad liberal education and are prepared for a broad range of careers.
Recent graduates are working as the following:
Learn more about how the University's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.
Throughout the year, the Studio Art Program at Fairfield University presents exhibitions featuring art major's artwork, culminating in the annual senior exhibition. The exhibiting junior and senior studio art majors spend several years working to develop a mature visual voice, exploring core visual elements such as composition, perception, context, and concept.
2013-2014 Exhibitions (click to view photos):
Past Annual Exhibitions
Name: Kelly Conley '15
Undergrad Degree: Studio Art Major, Education Minor
Hometown: Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Extracurricular Activities: Student Coordinator for New Student Programs and Leadership Development, Collegiate Health Service Corporation
Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?
When I first stepped on campus, I immediately knew that I wanted to go to Fairfield University. Fairfield provides a beautiful backdrop to create my artistic expressions- between the beach and the ever gorgeous campus. It is a transformative environment where I can expand my creativity and feel comfortable within a close knit community. I was interested in the small class sizes and the one-on-one relationship I could develop with my professors. I have met life-long friends, enhanced my intellectual potential, and learned critical skills to prepare me for the professional world. I am a more wholesome, well-rounded person who learned not only about myself, but about the world around me. Within such a thriving campus, it is hard to imagine choosing any other school.
Describe a favorite course and how it helped your academic growth
The Junior Studio Art Seminar class taught me the most about myself through the act of reflection. During the first week of class, I had displayed my past artwork and was challenged to observe the similarities and differences between my works. I discovered my work was full of abstract lines with organic movement that either expanded or contracted. I inferred this theme as being a suppressed form of coping with my personal anxieties and fears. I concentrated on creating large-scaled oil paintings of drapery for the semester. It was a therapeutic process and I cultivated a strong connection with my subject matter. As I discovered aspects of my subliminal being, I gained self-awareness of my inner creativity. Along with discovering my personal art style, I worked with my classmates to create a cohesive gallery exhibition. We learned the benefits of showcasing our work and how to collaborate within a professional setting. This course strengthened my intuition and critical thinking skills. It encompassed a refreshing and exciting sense of exploration.
Describe the ways that the university’s Jesuit mission and identity had a positive influence in your academic and personal experience.
The Jesuit mission highlights learning fluidly through experience, reflection, and action. Service-learning courses provided important tools to investigate the root of critical problems through serving the community and reflecting on the meaning of that action. Fairfield provides nontraditional classroom settings where students actively leave the classroom to engage with their communities and actively enliven learning. This exposure allows me to identify underlying social, political, and economic issues in the community. In my Education class, I am actively helping third graders with their literacy in the hope of improving the educational achievement gap between low-income and high income communities. I have broadened my understanding about myself, the education system, and the broader community through reflection. At Fairfield, I have learned rational approaches to living in the world and the significance of educating the whole person.
The Studio Art Program has five Studios located in Loyola Hall:
Printmaking Studio with Digital lab
Alternative Photography & Junior/Senior Seminar Studio
Mixed Media and Drawing Studio
Class and individual exhibitions take place approximately 58 times per year. The Studio Art Program has 5 exhibition spaces.
Glass Case Galleries in the corridor of Loyola Hall may be used for certain exhibits
The Studio Art Program promotes the development of creative inquiry, expression of ideas, and critical thinking. Through the use of traditional and new materials and techniques, students increase skills of visual expression and problem-solving. Through art-making, discussions, readings, writings, and museum and gallery visits, students expand their understanding of visual art and its process, while gaining analytical skills and factual knowledge to aid their perception of art and the world around us.
Students who take Studio Art core courses (10 and 100-level) will be able to:
Students who take upper-level Studio Art core courses (200 and 300 level) will be able to: