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Students in the Studio Arts degree program at Curry College display their work at the Senior Design ExhibitAre you creative? Want to explore a variety of different art forms? Do you dream of becoming a professional artist someday? Then a Studio Arts degree from Curry College is for you.

Graduates with bachelor's degrees in the studio arts are valued in many fields for their creative problem solving skills and their visual literacy.

Define your individual language. Express yourself with creativity. Communicate through visual and conceptual compositions. A Studio Arts degree helps students develop their own voice, and gives them the skills needed to communicate that voice through works of art.

Through a combination of technology and hands-on learning, students will create their own website and a digital and physical portfolio of work they can use to impress potential employers, submit with grad school applications, and present at our Annual Senior Art Exhibit.

Course Requirements and Information

Prospective first year students should enroll in  SA 1770: Design Fundamentals and  SA 1800: Drawing in their first semester. Upper class students declaring the major should complete these classes as soon as possible. Students with previous study in the arts are encouraged to contact a member of the Studio Arts faculty to discuss a plan of study that acknowledges abilities gained prior to entering the College.


DES 1600 Illustrator/Photoshop Basics 3
SA 1770 Design Fundamentals 3
SA 1780 Three-dimensional Design 3
SA 1790 Light and Color 3
SA 1800 Drawing 3


SA 2800 Figure Drawing 3
SA 3800 Drawing II 3

Capstone Courses:

SA 3300 Portfolio & Presentation 3
SA 3950 Design Concepts 3
SA 3980 Fine and Applied Arts Seminar (Capstone Course) 3
SA 4050 Independent Studio 3

Art History Electives - Choose two of the following (6 credits):

AH 2720 History of Photography 3
AH 2910 History of Visual Arts: Paleolithic to Gothic 3
AH 2920 History of Visual Arts: Renaissance to Contemporary 3
AH 2930 Contemporary Art 3
AH 2935 Modern Art 3

Major Electives - Choose three 2000 level and one 3000 level of the following (12 credits):

SA 2072 Digital Art
SA 2750 Printmaking I
SA 2780 Sculpture
SA 2796 Darkroom Photography
SA 2797 Digital Photography
SA 2800 Figure Drawing
SA 2810 Painting I
SA 2813 Watercolor
SA 2819 Studio: Painting and Drawing
SA 2850 Ceramics I
SA 2870 Artists' Books
SA 3___ SA Studio Art courses at the 3000-level
SA 2755 Relief Printmaking
SA 3750 Printmaking II
SA 3850 Ceramics II
SA 3072 Digital Art II


Studio arts majors are encouraged to enroll in studio arts courses beyond the required categories of the studio arts major and apply them toward general elective liberal arts credit.

The design minor begins with a foundation in basic design. Further study is in design-specific software currently used in the design profession. It culminates with an advanced course, Typography and Production, that pulls together all of the technical and aesthetic skills that have been taught in previous requirements.

Our state-of-the-art computer facilities meet the demands of changing technology. We have a Macintosh computer lab dedicated solely to courses in the major; software and hardware are continuously updated. In addition, students are able to print their work on an Epson wide-format printer that prints up to 24." This allows for students to produce printed work on a professional level.

The design minor gives an added perspective to majors in information technology and communication.


SA 1770 Design Fundamentals 3
GD 2770 Design Fundamentals II 3
GD 1600 Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop Basics 3
GD 2769 Desktop Publishing: Adobe InDesign 3
GD 3775 Design and Production 3

Formal Visual Skills

Two-Dimensional Form:

  • Compose formal design elements and principles in a purposeful way
  • Create compositional structure
  • Develop a visual vocabulary to transform a three-dimensional reality to a two-dimensional surface
  • Explore a variety of media
  • Describe an object or environment through formal design elements and principles
  • Differentiate between objective and non-objective imagery
  • Work with grids
  • Create using sequencing
  • Experiment with the visual impact of typography

Color Theory:

  • Examine the pigmentary properties of color
  • Examine the physiological properties of color
  • Differentiate between intuitive use of color through expressive application and technical application of formal principles of color
  • Experiment with light and physical properties of color

Three-Dimensional Form:

  • Explore elements and principles of three-dimensional design
  • Experiment with different methods of creating three-dimensional form in order to develop technical skills and knowledge of materials to create work in a variety of ways
  • Explore a variety of media


  • Integrate traditional art making techniques with digital components through experimenting with a variety of media
  • Develop a working understanding of digital drawing and digital painting techniques
  • Experiment with digital typography
  • Examine digital design process  


  • Develop technical skills and knowledge of materials to present work in a variety of ways
  • Master a variety of drawing materials, mixed-media, and media of choice
  • Create a cohesive body of work

Conceptual Skills

Critical Thinking:

  • Analyze and critique the artworks of others and their own creative process
  • Develop a visual vocabulary through the process of discussion and critique
  • Synthesize experience and techniques learned in the major
  • Develop an integrated perspective on the arts in conjunction with historic and contemporary issues
  • Conceptualize and create work from idea to physical form
  • Express abstract thoughts and ideas

Reflective Thinking and Analysis:

  • Self-assess work, and the progression of individual output and growth
  • Examine how creative work can evolve through process
  • Differentiate between materials in order to choose ones that best communicate ideas
  • Develop one's individual unique pace and pattern for the conceptual development, creation and perception of works
  • Develop a personal artistic vision and voice

Active Citizenship/Global Perspective:

  • Examine historical, social and environmental context of individual artists
  • Explore personal expression of an artwork and its contribution to society
  • Discuss social, historical, political or environmental issues related to the arts
  • Study aesthetics and accumulated knowledge in the context of contemporary issues in the arts
  • Assimilate the aesthetic experience as having social and historical relevance
  • Develop mutual respect for others via an articulate and informed critique process
  • Prepare students using best practices for the demands of working in the professional world
  • Appreciate the diversity of aesthetic expression and sustainability in the environment
  • Study value systems that have shaped the aesthetic of a diversity of cultures and their own evolving culture
  • Integrate processes for adapting and advancing within the constantly changing art world

Communicative Skills


  • Create using color symbolism to communicate
  • Invent symbolic content and metaphor to communicate visually
  • Compose typography as a visual, contextual element
  • Communicate ideas visually while examining how formal design elements strengthen the communicative properties of an image
  • Communicate personal vision and voice through a cohesive body of creative work
  • Collaborate in hands-on projects


  • Communicate through oral presentation using vocabulary of the arts
  • Critique works of art
  • Discusses inspiration, analyze process, and describe creative body of work
  • Collaborate in group discussions and projects


  • Communicate through writing using vocabulary of the arts
  • Develop visual literacy by reading and interpreting texts associated with the arts
  • Refine writing skills through analysis and interpretation of artworks (historic and contemporary)
  • Create an artist statement that discusses inspiration, analyzes process, and describes creative body of work
Students from the Fine and Applied Arts Seminar interact with artist Wangechi Mutu's installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

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"Hour 15" - a recent exhibit on display at the Menino Arts Center in Hyde Park, featured the work of Curry students graduating with degrees in Design and Studio Arts.

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