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Studio Art Major

Get ready for professional work in the studio arts

The Studio Art degree at Houghton University 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, graphic design and mixed media. All faculty members are working artists actively involved in production and exhibition.

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Creative Confidence + Faith

As a Studio Arts 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.


124 credits

Program total:

40 credits

Required Courses

84 credits

Elective courses + general education

Degree Requirements


124 credits

Program total:

46 credits

Required Courses

78 credits

Elective courses + general education

Degree Requirements


124 credits

Program total:

62-66 credits

Required Courses

58-62 credits

Elective courses + general education

Degree Requirements

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.

  • Create beautiful works of art in three dimensions through stone carving, light sculpture, metal work, furniture design, 3D design and 3D printing.
  • Engage an ever-expanding contemporary visual culture by developing your technological, formal and creative skills in photography.
  • Master the fundamentals of design and take on professional-level creative challenges such as brand identity, package design, and information graphics.
  • Learn wheel-throwing, clay sculpting, slip-casting and mold-making, kiln loading and firing, and much more.


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State-of-the-art Facilities

Art and design students at Houghton have a light-filled, dedicated space to create in the Stevens Art Studio. The Digital Printing Lab provides students with a large, clean workspace for multiple design media and photography classes; cutting mats and drafting tools; large-format Epson inkjet printers; while the Forsyth Mac Lab provides access to the latest software for digital design and desktop publishing.

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.

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Program Outcomes

Students earning a BA/BS/BFA degree in Studio Art from Houghton University are prepared for careers in:

Employment Expected to Grow 29%

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Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
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Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
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