Get ready for professional work in the studio arts

The Studio Art degree at Houghton College prepares you for professional art production, graduate studies, teaching and more. Areas of study include both 2D and 3D media, including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, furniture design, printmaking, graphic design and mixed media. All faculty members are working artists actively involved in production and exhibition.

Creative Confidence + Faith

As a Studio Art major, you will gain confidence in your ability to integrate faith, knowledge and creativity through courses that provide a comprehensive experience in a variety of materials and techniques.

Explore the Great Works of Art in Person

Art students at Houghton can take advantage of a robust travel program to view the very best works of art. Travel to the cultural capitals of Europe every other year during Mayterm for your Art History credit or take the annual weekend trip to view a major collection in the northeast or mid-Atlantic area.

Credit Info

Required courses Elective courses + general education: Program total:
BA 40 credits 84 credits 124 hours
BS 46 credits 78 credits 124 hours
BFA 62-66 credits 58-62 credits 124 hours

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s BA/BS/BFA in Studio Art you will gain exposure to all available art concentrations before deciding on your specific area of study.


State-of-the Art Facilities

Art students at Houghton have a light-filled, dedicated space to create in the Stevens Art Studio. Included are studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, graphic design, and photography. The lobby contains a custom designed student critique space and lounge with mid-century modern furniture, fireplace, and a lighted critique wall. Individual loft spaces are available for upper-class students.

Senior Capstone Exhibition

Finish your time at Houghton with an opportunity to exhibit your comprehensive and coherent body of work in a special show at the college. You will gain real-world experience in presentation, promotion, logistics and documentation in a show that is open to the public.

Prepare to Sell and Market your Art

Interested in freelancing or owning your own business? Houghton offers an Art Business minor so you can learn the fundamentals of business, marketing and entrepreneurial practices to help launch your career.

Program Outcomes

Students earning a BA/BS/BFA in Studio Art from Houghton College are prepared to enter graduate school for further study, or to work as a/an

  • Art gallery director
  • Freelance illustrator
  • Professional photographer
  • Industrial designer
  • School art teacher
  • Web designer
  • Film/TV editor
  • Gallery director
  • Commercial potter

Application Requirements


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Documents and supporting materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript, 1 recommendation letter, and your test scores (can be waived)


Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be between 300 and 500 words (roughly a half of page to a page of typed writing). Get started with these suggested writing prompts.

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