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Program Overview

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:

  • One of the following Drawing courses:
    • SA 12: Introduction to Drawing
    • SA 13: Introduction to Figure Drawing
    • SA 100: Experiments in Drawing
    • SA 101: Digital Imaging to Artmaking
    • SA 138: From Drawing to Painting
  • Six additional studio art courses, 10–200 level
  • Any Art History course
  • SA 299: Advanced Projects Seminar (Prerequisite: at least three SA courses at 10 or 100-level)
  • SA 301: Exhibition Seminar (For senior majors. Prerequisite: SA 299)


For an 18-credit Studio Art minor, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • One of the following Drawing courses:
    • SA 12: Introduction to Drawing
    • SA 13: Introduction to Figure Drawing
    • SA 100: Experiments in Drawing
    • SA 101: Digital Imaging to Artmaking
    • SA 138: From Drawing to Painting
  • Four additional studio art courses at 10-level or higher
  • Any Art History course

Course Offerings

See Studio Art course descriptions from our catalog for more information


  • SA 12: Introduction to Drawing
  • SA 13: Introduction to Figure Drawing
  • SA 101: Digital Imaging to Art Making
  • SA 100: Experiments in Drawing
  • SA 138: From Drawing to Painting
  • SA 235: Advanced Drawing 


  • SA 15: Introduction to Painting
  • SA 105: Color Workshop
  • SA 139: Watercolor
  • SA 230: Advanced Painting


  • SA 14: Introduction to Printmaking
  • SA 136: Investigation of Text and Image
  • SA 231: Advanced Printmaking 


  • SA 11: Introduction to Sculpture
  • SA 132: Constructing Space in Three Dimensions
  • SA 137: Motion and Time-Based Art
  • SA 232: Advanced Sculpture 


  • SA 134: Digital Photography
  • SA 133: Alternative Processes Photography
  • SA 233: Advanced Photography 

Capstone Courses:

  • SA 299: Advanced Projects Seminar
  • SA 301: Exhibition Seminar


  • SA 199: Special Topics (listed as SA 107: Special Topics in the current course catalog)
  • SA 302: Independent Study
    SA 304: Studio Internship



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:

  • Working with an artist
  • Assisting in a contemporary gallery or museum
  • Assisting in a printmaking atelier
  • Finding a work site specifically suited to your interest and talents

Learn more about Fairfield University's internship opportunities.

Life After Fairfield

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:

  • fashion marketers
  • MFA students
  • therapists
  • public relations professionals
  • art gallerists
  • professional artists

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.

School of Communication, Arts, and Media Alumni Panel

Once a year, the College of Arts and Sciences’ invites alumni from each of the School of Communication, Arts, and Media’s four departments (Communication, Visual and Performing Arts, English, and Modern Languages and Literatures) to participate in an interactive panel discussion. From public relations professionals to digital managing editors, the panelists represent a wide breadth of careers and share their professional advice and personal journeys with current students.

Student Exhibitions

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):

Remnants: 2014


Past Annual Exhibitions

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Kelly Conley

Class of '15

Get to Know Kelly

Name: Kelly Conley '15
Undergrad Degree: Studio Art Major, Education Minor
Hometown: Shrewsbury, NJ
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

"Design" with Professor Lynne Porter was by far my favorite course that I have taken at Fairfield so far.  Because designing for theatre requires commitment to the creative process, this course really encourages students to take time to make mistakes and think outside the box. Every day I felt challenged and inspired as I was taught to understand plays as a designer, while I learned the basics of how to make concepts and themes come to life in a visual way. This class taught me not to settle, to strive for excellence, and to be open to new ideas—even at the last minute.

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: 

‌Sculpture Studio

  • Resources: band saw, drills, sewing machine, belt sander, tables on wheels, storage shelving, tables on wheels, storage shelves, plaster cast room. 
The Sculpture studio at Fairfield U.

Painting Studio

  • Resources: easels, tables on wheels, drawing boards, drawing benches, digital projector and screen, taborets (painting cabinets), lockers, shelves for still life objects and fabric, ventilation system, track and fluorescent lighting, studio sink, critique walls. 

Printmaking Studio with Digital lab

  • American French tool etching press, flat tables with shelving, paper drying rack, hot plate, ink rollers in a variety of sizes, nitric acid stations, digital projector and screen, track and fluorescent lighting. One Epson Printer, two desktops, eight laptops, magnetic board, table surface for mounting and framing photos and prints, standing professional desktop viewer. 

Alternative Photography & Junior/Senior Seminar Studio 

Mixed Media and Drawing Studio


Exhibition Spaces:

Class and individual exhibitions take place approximately 58 times per year. The Studio Art Program has 5 exhibition spaces.


Lukacs Gallery

  • Used for class and individual student exhibitions and openings. Features class, group and individual student exhibitions including Drawing, Sculpture, Digital Photography, Alternative Historical Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Installation, Performance and Mixed Media.

Experimental Space

  • Features class, group and individual student exhibitions in Drawing, Sculpture, Digital Photography, Alternative Historical Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Installation, Performance and Mixed Media.

Gallery 10

  • Includes exhibition space for Drawing, Sculpture, Digital Photography, Alternative Historical Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Installation, Performance and Mixed Media. Additionally, this space includes shelves for drawing as well as a digital projector and screen for digital presentations

Hallway Galleries

  • Hallway Galleries are utilized for class exhibitions of works of art in the disciplines above.

Glass Case Galleries in the corridor of Loyola Hall may be used for certain exhibits

Mission & Learning Outcomes


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.


Learning Outcomes:

Students who take Studio Art core courses (10 and 100-level) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate development of creative capacities
  • Apply factual knowledge about visual art (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)
  • Apply course material to improve problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of visual art

Students who take upper-level Studio Art core courses (200 and 300 level) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate continued development of creative capacities and an artistic voice
  • Apply increased factual knowledge about visual art (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)

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