Why Study Studio Art?

Refine your artistic talent and learn practical, career-building skills at the same time. Become a better artist, and learn what it takes to get a job doing what you love.

USF’s small class sizes mean you get individualized critique and support from your professors. Our on campus facilities, and reputation in the art community, give you a strong foundation for a professional art career.

Personalize Your Education

All Studio Art majors take core classes to build technique and develop composition skills. The hands-on studio space lets you explore your creativity, and USF’s concentrations help you develop your talent.

2-D Studio

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration

3-D Studio

  • Ceramics
  • Metalcraft
  • Fibers
  • Sculpture


  • Digital
  • Traditional Darkroom
  • Lighting
  • Digital Imaging

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said studio art majors:

  • Work hard: If you were already a perfect artist, you wouldn’t need to come to USF. We train and practice, and if you are willing to work hard, you can be a good artist.
  • Work well with others: You’ll participate in group critiques, and work with professional artists to help hang galleries. Communication skills are career skills.
  • Are creative: Artists develop new and original ideas.

Skills You'll Obtain

Technical proficiency in your chosen field

Relationship building with local art organizations

Knowledge of all stages of the exhibition process

One of the most important parts of attending graduate school is the development of relationships.  Artists need a community to thrive.  SOCA offers a micro-community inside its own walls as well as connections to the larger regional community.– Rebecca Stockert, MA in Studio Art 2014

After Graduation

USF’s Studio Art major is career-focused. As you learn sculpture, drawing, and photography, you’re also learning important career skills. We teach you how to talk about your art, how to work with galleries, and how to write artistic resumes. We have graduates working at:

Types of places you may work after you graduate include:

  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Commercial studios
  • Nonprofit art organizations
  • Sell your own art
  • Master of Arts in Studio Art