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Bachelor of Fine Arts in:

Studio Art

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, students are exposed to a wide range of courses that promote personal expression through visual artwork. Our students explore a variety of media and develop both technical and expressive skills. Studio art students begin with foundational year in drawing, design and art history in addition to the general education curriculum. In their sophomore year, the program exposes students to a range of media and approaches, as well as further exploration into art history. Advanced students develop personal visual styles and approaches, as well as a mature understanding of what it means to be a visual arts professional. Studio art students graduate prepared to build creatively satisfying professional lives within the professional visual art world.

This program is taught by the Department of Art and Art History.

Six diverse concentrations in Studio Art are available to students pursuing their passion:

  • Digital Media
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

The entire KU community holds the visual arts in very high regard. There are multiple opportunities across campus and in the borough of Kutztown to both display and view art:

  • Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery is KU's premier gallery. It hosts group exhibitions by professional artists of national and international reputation, senior exhibitions (group shows by majors), and site specific installations created as part of our artist residency program
  • Eckhaus Gallery is located in store front on Main Street in Kutztown. Eckhaus is completely student run: interested students on campus are able to participate in running the gallery, so opportunities exist in curating and installing shows, running summer art camps, creating publicity, managing the business, and planning visual arts events with the regional community.
  • Writing Center Gallery is located in Old Main. This space features group shows of KU studio art majors. Exhibitions change each semester.
  • Sharadin Art Building offers constantly changing displays of student classwork.
  • Student Gallery provides space for individual student exhibitions and installations, changing every other week.
  • McFarland Student Union Student Gallery hosts curated shows by KU students of all majors. These shows change every two weeks.

Art and Art History Faculty
The faculty constitutes the heart of any university. From your first freshman foundation courses through the most advanced studios, you will always be working directly with experienced and accomplished professionals. Our studio faculty members are widely recognized in their chosen disciplines. Their artwork is included in prestigious national and international collections, including The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington's Corcoran Gallery and The Hirschorn Museum. The studio art faculty have been honored with numerous awards and fellowships from private foundations, state arts councils, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Our faculty is our strength. At Kutztown University this superb faculty is your resource.

Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Student Clubs: The Art Club and Digital Media club provide students with the opportunity to engage with professionals in the visual arts in a variety of ways, from hosting visiting artists and arts events for the KU community to attending art openings and speakers.
  • The Art Bus: The College of Visual and Performing Arts sends buses to New York City many Saturdays during the semesters.  Students can spend the day in the city for just $20 roundtrip.
  • Big Art Day:  Each year the Art and Art History Department invites three of our alumni to discuss their careers with our students and to explain their paths from KU art student to working professional.  Big Art Day is a day-long celebration that includes these presentations, a department lunch, and student awards.
  • Visiting Artist presentations:  The Department of Art and Art History and the College of Visual and Performing Arts both host an ongoing slate of speakers from both the New York/Philadelphia region and from across the country who speak about their creative work.

Career Opportunities
Post-graduation, Studio Art majors can pursue employment as visual artists. The studio art major is also preparation for working in higher education, for art therapy, museum work, curating, working in community arts programming and arts administration, gallery work, art restoration and conservation, and a host of related careers in the visual art world.