Studio Art Major (BFA)

The Studio BFA degree is designed to prepare students to work professionally in the studio arts.

A degree program offered at all art and design colleges and most major universities with programs in visual and performing arts and art history, the BFA studio degree is for Houghton students desiring a more intensive studio program.

The BFA requires 60-80 credits in art. All studio art degrees consist of coursework providing comprehensive experience in a variety of materials and techniques supported by fully equipped studio facilities and culminating in a senior exhibition. Areas of study include both 2D and 3D media, including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, furniture design, printmaking, graphic design and mixed media.

In addition to providing training in craft, a BFA in art at Houghton fosters independent thinking and creative problem solving as well as analytical, communication and interpersonal skills—all of which are especially suited to professional careers in the studio arts and transferable to virtually any career.

Why a BFA in Studio Art?

  • Receive the best preparation for professional work in the studio arts.
  • Experience visiting artists, on-campus gallery exhibits and off-campus trips that give you access to cultural resources in cities throughout the northeast.
  • Travel around the world every other year to see the very best works of art up close and in person.
  • Build a comprehensive and coherent body of work in preparation for your capstone senior art exhibition.
  • Enjoy individual studio space available to upperclassmen in the spacious, light-filled Stevens Art Studios.
  • Learn from faculty members who all hold the terminal degree (MFA) in studio art and are actively involved in production and exhibition.
  • Gain exposure to all available art concentrations before deciding on your specific area of study.

Major Requirements

Art Concentrations

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Art and Business in New York City (Mayterm)
  • European Art Tours (Mayterm)
  • London Honors
  • Gallery assistant (Ortlip Art Gallery)

Travel Opportunities

Art students are encouraged to make every effort to view the very best works of art, and the art department maintains an active travel program to support those activities. Travel to the cultural capitals of Europe every other year during Mayterm for your art history credit, or take the annual weekend trip to a major collection in the northeast or mid-Atlantic area.

Senior Capstone Exhibition

Each student is encouraged, in the senior year, to exhibit a body of work in a special show at the college. This gives real-world experience in presentation, promotion, logistics and documentation. The student finishes with a comprehensive and coherent body of work that, while not being fully mature, does show signs of technical proficiency and conceptual complexity.

Beautiful Facilities

The spacious, light-filled Stevens Art Studios feature cathedral ceilings in all the studios as well as huge expanses of glass, which provide natural light. The building includes fully equipped ceramics and sculpture areas with separate rooms for glazing, clay mixing and woodworking. The ceramics area features capabilities for firing with electric, gas, salt-fired and raku techniques. Traditional photography facilities are available along with a printmaking studio with lithograph and intaglio presses and papermaking materials. Students working in the drawing and painting studios benefit from the open space and natural light. There are also individual student workspaces available to upperclassmen. The art building includes a custom-designed student critique space and lounge with mid-century modern furniture, fireplace, lighted critique wall and study/meeting table as well as the Stevens Seminar room and Thomas Buechner Memorial Art Library.


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