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Undergraduate: Art, Studio

  • Program Overview

    Department of Art

    The Department of Art offers two majors and three minors. They offer a major and minor in art history and criticism, a major and minor in  studio art, and a minor in digital arts (see separate listing for DIA minor in this Bulletin).

    The undergraduate programs in Art are designed to provide the student with a thorough background in the history and criticism of art, as well as sound training in studio practice and theory. The courses of study, while allowing students a considerable degree of choice, will also usually fulfill requirements for admission to graduate study or preparation for professional work in the field.

    Art History and Criticism majors acquire a thorough foundation in the history of Western art at the introductory level, and may then choose whether to specialize in a certain area, or continue to explore more broadly across different fields and perspectives, from ancient to modern and contemporary , including American, European, Asian and African expressive traditions, including traditional fields of painting, sculpture and architecture, as well as digital technologies, photography and film. We also provide exposure to museum, gallery and curatorial studies through coursework and internships.

    Studio Art majors concentrate on the creative, technical, and practical aspects of the discipline, acquiring a broad-based background in drawing, design, painting, and sculpture, and then choose to concentrate on specialized tracks in drawing, painting and  printmaking; photography, digital and electronic media; or ceramics and sculpture.  In addition, majors are expected to acquire a sound foundation in art history and criticism with an emphasis on modernism.

    Department of Art graduates who go on to work in the discipline usually acquire some postgraduate training, that may include anything from a few additional courses to such advanced graduate de­grees as the M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. Studio Art graduates hold teaching positions up to and including the college, university, and professional school level; others work as independent artists, printers, photographers, and designers. Art History and Criticism graduates hold teaching positions in colleges and universities; others work as gallery or museum administrators, or as art critics, among other career paths.





  • Degrees and Requirements

    Degree Requirements - Art History and Criticism; Art Studio

    Requirements for the Major in Studio Art (ARS)

    The major in Studio Art leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the major requires 57 credits. Studio Art transfer students must take at least 18 upper division ARS credits for the major at Stony Brook.

    1. Choose two of the following foundation courses:

    • ARS 154 Foundations of Drawing
    • ARS 205 Foundations: Idea and Form
    • ARS 225 Introductory Electronic Media

    2. Area of Concentration (18 credits) including a minimum of four upper-division studio classes in one of the following (may include ARS 420, ARS 487, ARS 491, ARS 492, ARS 495 when appropriate):

    • Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking: ARS 255, ARS 274, ARS 350, ARS 351, ARS 352, ARS 359, ARS 374, ARS 375, ARS 452, ARS 471, ARS 472
    • Electronic Media and Photography: CDT 208, ARS 281, CDT 317, CDT 318, ARS 325, ARS 326, ARS 327, ARS 328, ARS 329, ARS 381, ARS 382, ARS 425, CDT 450, ARS 481, ARS 482, MUS  341
    • Sculpture and Ceramic Sculpture: ARS 256, ARS 264, ARS 364, ARS 365, ARS 366, ARS 465, ARS 466

    3. Electives: Seven additional studio classes

    4. Art History and Criticism courses including:

    • ARH 206 Modern Art
    • Three other ARH classes

    5. Upper-Division Writing/WRTD Requirement: 

    • Students must demonstrate acceptable writing skills in the discipline before they graduate. This can be achieved by completing a course designated as WRTD, such as  ARH 308, ARS 308, or ARS 459 (in conjunction with any 300- or 400- level ARS course).

    Note: Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education. Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

    Art Department Residency Requirement

    Studio Art transfer students must take at least 18 upper division ARS credits for the major at Stony Brook.

    Honors Program in Art

    The honors program is open to seniors majoring in Art History and Criticism or Studio Art who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.00 overall and 3.50 in the major. The student should apply for the honors program before the beginning of the senior year. The student must find a faculty member of the Department to act as sponsor. The student, with the approval of the sponsor, must submit a proposal of a project, in writing, to the Department. Acceptance into the honors program depends on the approval of the proposal by the Department. Selected students for the program must enroll in ARH 495 or ARS 495 for the semester in which they pursue their project.

    In the art history/criticism field, the student’s research project is supervised by the honors advisor. In the studio art field, the student is expected to prepare a small one-person show or similar project (i.e., one large, more ambitious work) in lieu of a thesis, under the supervision of the honors advisor. The student’s project is judged by a jury composed of at least two members of the Department of Art. This pertains to students in both the Art History and Criticism and Studio Art majors. If the honors program is completed with distinction, and the student achieves a 3.50 grade point average in all art courses taken in the senior year, honors are conferred.

    Requirements for the Minor in Studio Art (ARS)

    All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor in Studio Art requires 21 credits.

    1. ARS 154 Foundations of Drawing
    2. Eighteen additional studio credits, of which at least nine must be upper division



  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Studio Art

    A course planning guide for this major may be found  hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.


    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    ARS 154  3
    ARH 202 or ARH 204 3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
    Total  16
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    ARS 225 3
    ARH 206 3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
     Total  16

    FALL Credits
    ARH 322   3
    ARH 324  3
    ARS 255  3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
     Total  15
    SPRING Credits
    ARS 350  3
    ARS 351   3 
    ARS 352  3
    CDT 317  3
    SBC  3
     Total  15

    FALL Credits
    ARS 364  3
    ARS 366  3
    ARS 381  3
    ARS 326  3
    SBC  3
     Total  15
    SPRING Credits
    ARS 318  3 
    ARS 325  3
    ARS 327  3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
     Total  15

    FALL Credits
    Upper-division ARS 6
     Total 15 
    SPRING Credits
    Upper-division ARS  6 
    Electives in other department or internship 6
    SBC  3
     Total 15 
  • Contact

    Studio Art (ARS)

    Major and Minor in Studio Art

    Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences

    Chair: Margaret Schedel

    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Lorena Salcedo-Watson

    Assistant to the Chair: Laura Sisti

    Office: 2224 Staller Center for the Arts  

    Phone: (631) 632-7250


    Minors of particular interest to students majoring in Studio Art: Digital Arts (DIA), Art History (ARH), Media Arts (MDA)




  • Courses