Studio Art Program Chair at The Glassell School of Art:
Patrick Palmer, email@example.com
University of St. Thomas Contact:
Claire M. McDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Studio Arts Program is offered through The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It provides the student with an extensive background in theory, aesthetics, and practice in the visual arts. In collaboration with the required art history program at UST, this development occurs within a Catholic perspective incorporating aspects of global art history from the classic to the contemporary working world. Additionally the studio arts program provides every student with the opportunity for creative exploration and expression in a variety of media.
The program offers the student a choice of curriculums culminating in either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Studio Arts or a dual Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Fine Arts (BA/BFA) degree in Studio Arts.
Students desiring to declare a major in studio arts must first complete the four fundamentals (1000 level) courses and undergo a portfolio review before admittance to the major can be considered. In the event that a portfolio is rated unsatisfactory, the student still has the option to declare the liberal arts major with a secondary concentration in studio arts or a minor in studio arts.
All students (first time and transfer) desiring advanced placement in studio arts are required to prepare a portfolio of eight to ten original works (actual work is preferred to slides or photographic reproductions) in any media, and present it for review to the studio program chair at the Glassell School of Art. This process allows for correct placement and provides students and our program with the best possible indication of future success in the program.
Transfer students should be especially mindful that a minimum of six semesters is required to complete the BA studio arts major sequence in a single medium. Additionally not all studio arts credits transferred to the university will meet the standards of our program and may not be applicable to the major. Conversely, transfer credits accepted by the program can reduce the number semesters required to complete the major. The quality of the portfolio submitted will be a determining factor.
After completing the four fundamental prerequisites, BA candidates proceed to the beginning-level courses that introduce technical and conceptual ideas essential to a studio arts practice. Upper-division students focus on one of the concentrations of ceramics, jewelry, multi-media, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. All majors will develop a portfolio of work.
BA/BFA candidates will follow the same curriculum as BA candidates for the first two years. After admission to the program by portfolio review, the dual degree student begins a three year course of study which is a unique blend of studio art and academic studies. The liberal arts coursework combines with an additional year of intense studio experience to prepare artists to write clearly, think critically and deepen their understanding of their studio practice. The BA/BFA curriculum provides the student the necessary concentration in a chosen discipline required by graduate level programs.
Only courses taken at the Glassell School of Art through the University of St. Thomas are eligible for college credits. Coursework taken directly through the Glassell School of Art is NOT transferable for credit to the university.*
Appointments for portfolio reviews must be made in advance. Please call 713-639-7793 or email email@example.com.