Profiles of Studio Art Programs & Schools

Studio Art Schools in Texas September 26, 2015


From drawing and painting to sculpting and glass blowing, studio artists do it all! According to admissions materials from a variety of colleges, studio art is basically, “any type of visual art made in a studio.” In addition to painting and glass blowing, studio artist create sculptures, photography, large-scale installations, experimental art, ceramics, and more. A typical studio art program may feature the study of drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, fiber, glass, printmaking, and photography. However, many of today’s programs offer a focus in digital art, graphic design, digital media and more.

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Studio Art Schools in Virginia September 24, 2015

Virginia Studio Art

A typical studio art program combines disciplines such as ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, painting, photography, printmaking and more. After becoming familiar with these areas, students may narrow their focus by specializing in one area. In addition to the traditional focus areas listed above, newer concentrations include digital art, design/video & digital imaging, visual communication design, digital media, new media, and designed objects, to name a few. Although studio art programs are similar to other art programs, studio art students spend more time in the studio creating art. The goal of a studio art program is to allow students to learn by doing or through “immersion.”

A good studio art program can prepare students for more than 100 different careers in the art and design industry. It can also prepare students to work in a few other industries that might surprise you. Just a few are aerospace, architecture, automotive, law, medicine, and science. Some common career options include cartoonist, ceramic artist, art director, printing designer, animator, airbrush artist, glass blower, mural artists, textile designer, art critic, display artist, art buyer, and graphic arts technician.

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Do you remember a decade ago, when there was a painting software monopoly? When there were only one or two really good programs to choose from and no competition at all? It sure is nice being a digital artist today, with tons of new software options flooding the market. With so many to choose from now, which are the best of the newcomers though? There’s plenty names to debate, but Krita’s incredible power and impressive speed is quickly making it my favorite new 2D art software. The fact that it’s free and open source only make it even more exciting!

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Riot Games League of Legends Interview on Champion Animation Process

Rory “RiotLamz” Alderton is a Senior Animator for the League of Legends game developer, Riot Games. After almost six years of working at Jagex Games Studio he joined Riot in April of 2013 as an Animator, and was then promoted to Senior Animator in May of last year. He’s one of the people responsible for making the iconic battle moves for the many playable Champions in their famous MOBA game, which is played by over 27 million gamers from around the world every single day.

We recently ranked Riot Games in fourth place in our 2014 Top 100 Most Influential Video Game Studios list, and last year their Season 4 World Championship reached a prize pool of $2,130,000! To help readers get to know Riot Games better we talked with Rory Alderton about his work at the studio.

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West Virginia Studio Art

The studio art major is in high demand, which is why colleges across the U.S. have taken notice. Many schools have expanded existing studio art programs or established new ones. A typical studio art program offers coursework in multiple disciplines, with a focus in up to two disciplines. Studio art majors may choose focus areas such as ceramics, fiber, glass blowing, illustration, painting and drawing, and photography. Many expanded programs now offer a focus in digital art, graphic design, interior design, and more.

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Wisconsin Studio Art

If you prefer more hands-on training and less classroom instruction, a studio art program may be exactly what you’re looking for. Studio art programs are designed based on the idea that the best way to learn is by “doing.” This means, students spend most of their time in a studio setting working on everything from experimental art to illustrations to sculptures. Some programs may also offer a focus in computer-based art forms such as graphic design and digital art, or other areas of design such as interior design. However, some of the most common studio art concentrations are drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fibers, glass, and sculpture.

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Studio Art Schools in Utah October 16, 2012


Studio art is one of the most aggressive majors an art and design school can offer. Students have the opportunity to take some of the same courses featured in a general art degree program, with several noted differences. One of the biggest differences is studio art majors will spend a significant amount of time working in a studio setting rather than a classroom. They may also select one or more focus areas such as painting + drawing, illustration, ceramics, glass blowing, fiber, or photography. Some studio art programs also offer focus areas such as digital art, graphic design, and interior design.

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Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Digital Art; B. F. A. Visual Communication Design

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate residents $7,372, nonresidents $18,117 for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

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Studio Art Schools in Tennessee September 26, 2012


What can I you do with a studio art degree? Plenty—especially if you live in the state of Tennessee! Studio art students spend most of their time working in their respective concentration areas, so when any given program is complete, new graduates are prepared to dive right in, whether its at a renowned studio or if they decide to start their own.

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Viterbo University

Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Arts and New Media, B. S. Communication Studies with Visual Communication Focus

Tuition Information:  Undergraduate $22,080 for the 2012 – 2013 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $590 per year.

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