Studio Arts

About the program

In the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art program at SUVA, students gain the knowledge and experience necessary to cultivate and expand their creative self expression. Training focuses on grounding talent in the basics while expanding critical thinking and technical skills. The exploration of new media and techniques provide the foundation to specialize in one of three disciplines: Painting and Drawing, Printmaking or Sculpture. Advanced studio electives customize students’ creative experiences and assist in portfolio development. Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of paths in the arts including gallery exhibition, private commissions, artists’ residencies, grants and fellowships, and further studies at the graduate level.

Cover image: Adriana Nieblas

Location:

Tucson or Albuquerque

Duration:

4 years

Minoring:

Summer programs available

Core Faculty:
Support Faculty:
Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

SUVA lets my creativity flow. The experience I receive here will only strengthen my abilities out in the real world.

Samantha Petruska

  • Overview

    As an Artist, you use the natural patterns and elements in the universe to express ideas that impact how people feel. Think of how it would feel to make a difference in the world by bringing your imagination to life using a wide variety of mediums including sculpture, print, painting and drawing. Imagine how you would feel having your work displayed in public galleries, publications or private collections.


    Courses

    Credits

    Universal Foundation Courses

    39

    General Education Courses

    27

    Studio Arts Courses

    53

    Elective Courses

    6

    Total credits

    125

  • Year 1

    Academic calendar for first year students:


    Freshman Modules

    Credits

    A/D101 Concepts through History I

    Students learn how light, color, perspective, space, sight, sound, touch, etc. reflect culture and ideas.

    3

    A/D102 Spatial Dynamics

    Students learn how space can be manipulated to develop impactful designs.

    4

    A/D103 Design Solutions I

    Students complete a variety of projects that demonstrate the principles and elements in 2D and 3D formats.

    3

    A/D104 Drawing I

    Students begin to develop eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design.

    4

    A/D105 The Power of Why I

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    A/D115 Concepts through History II

    Students continue learning how artists and designers throughout history use concepts to make art.

    3

    A/D116 Narrative Design

    Students learn how to connect parts of a story to create a purposeful experience.

    3

    A/D117 Design Solutions II

    Students continue learning the principles and elements of design with the addition of color, light and time. Prereq. A/D-U 103.

    3

    A/D118 Drawing II

    The students practice eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design. Prereq: A/D-U104

    4

    A/D119 The Power of Why II

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    Total credits

    29

    After the Freshman year, students enhance their learning by taking 6 credits of elective courses to explore and develop understanding in subjects of conceptual, or technical interest.

  • Year 2

    Academic calendar for second year students:


    Sophomore Modules

    Credits

    A/D201 Voice and Vision (Required)

    Students learn how simplicity, metaphors and analogies keep their message clear and concise.

    4

    A/D203 Creative Thinking

    Students learn to analyze contemporary artist’s and designer’s work to understand the universal creative process.

    5

    PHS200 Into the Studio: Photography - Darkroom I and Digital I

    Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating photographs that have meaning. Students learn about the application of basic darkroom and digital photographic processes, and students create photographs that generate an intended experience for the viewer.

    5

    SAS200SC Into the Studio: Sculpture - Fabrication and Studio Saftey I

    Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating sculptures that have meaning. Students learn about the application of sculpture fabrication processes, and students create sculptures that generate an intended experience for the viewer.

    5

    A/D202 English Composition (Required)

    Students learn to compose an essay and organize a thesis to use in academic environments.

    3

    SAC210 Spark. Ignite. Launch. I: Contemporary Art Issues and Practices I

    Students research and analyze how contemporary artists choose and use materials to relay a concept. Students learn to formulate and execute concepts within a set of boundaries using techniques they acquire in Studio courses to create impactful works.

    4

    SAS210PM Into the Studio: Printmaking - Materials and Safety I

    Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating hand pulled prints that have meaning. Students learn about traditional printmaking techniques, students create prints that generate an intended experience for the viewer.

    5

    SAS210PT Into the Studio: Painting - Materials and Safety I, Surface Prep and Construction I, Color Mixing I, Processes and Techniques I

    Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating paintings that have meaning. Students create paintings that generate an intended experience for the viewer.

    5

    Total credits

    30

  • Year 3

    Academic calendar for third year students:


    Junior Modules

    Credits

    SAC300 Spark. Ignite. Launch. II: Contemporary Art Issues and Practices II

    Students research and analyze how contemporary art related to awareness of self. Students learn to formulate and execute concepts within a set of boundaries using techniques acquired in Studio courses to create impactful works.

    4

    SAS300 SA Studio (in area of emphasis)

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    SAC310 Spark. Ignite. Launch. III: Contemporary Art Issues and Practices III

    Students research and analyze how contemporary artists choose and use materials to relay a concept. Students learn to formulate and execute concepts within a set of boundaries.

    4

    SAS310 SA Studio II (in area of emphasis)

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 4

    Academic calendar for final year students:


    Senior Modules

    Credits

    SAC400 SAP Senior Seminar I: Advanced Concepts and Research Techniques I

    Students define a creative structure to guide the development of a cohesive body of work.

    4

    SAS400 SA Senior Studio I (in area of emphasis)

    5

    GE329 Professional Practices

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    SAC410 SAP Senior Seminar II: Advanced Concepts and Research Techniques II

    Students meet in individual and group critique settings and learn the practical application of exhibit preparation, installation and promotion.

    4

    SAS410 SA Senior Studio II (in area of emphasis)

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Minoring

    Expand and cultivate your creative self-expression. Students explore media and techniques in one of three disciplines: painting, printmaking or sculpture to create an experience for the audience.


    Courses

    Credits

    SAM101 Studio Arts Minor (Summer 1)

    8

    SAM102 Studio Arts Minor (Summer 2)

    8

    Total credits

    16

Interested in studying Studio Arts at SUVA?

Our next academic year commences Fall 2020

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