Studio Art (AA, BA)

ceramics class

USF’s Studio Art program will prepare you for a wide variety of art-related careers, as well as place you among professional artists. You’ll grow from the individualized attention and support you receive from our School of Creative Arts faculty — all working professional artists. In addition, you will connect with community-based artists as you develop and expand your own talent and capabilities.

Studio Art majors graduate with a focused portfolio of professional work, along with the skills and knowledge needed to sustain a career as an artist.

Our Studio Art curriculum teaches a wide variety of media via three concentrations:

  • 2-D Studio: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Illustration
  • 3-D Studio: Ceramics, Metalcraft, Fibers, Sculpture
  • Photography: Digital, Traditional Darkroom, Lighting, Digital Imaging

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Art in the Community

Classroom projects will connect you with the local community and result in meaningful work. Recent projects include:

  • Photography students partnered with the Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities. There, they photographed & displayed portraits of clients, highlighting their strengths & capacities.
  • Communication & Studio Art majors collaborated with the League for the Blind and Disabled to create an exhibition of original work. “Sensing Beauty: A Multi-Sensory Art Experience” featured art & photography cultivated from interviews with sight-impaired clients who described their concepts of beauty.
  • In partnership with the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District and Art This Way Alley Activation Project, art students created a large-scale mural and were trained in how to engage communities through public art.

Get in the Studio

Students have access to our fully-equipped studios.

I am impressed with how the professors work with us and how intentional they are. They really get to know the students – our interests and goals — and they challenge us to dream big and work hard. It’s also very exciting to have high-quality artists as my professors. They inspire me to do well.

Sophie Knox ‘19
Studio Art major


Be Social, Be Seen

  • Get involved in USF’s student art clubs: Art Student League, f/8 Photo Club, & Mudslingers Ceramics Club
  • Attend gallery exhibitions — five galleries on campus!
  • Meet visiting artists & attend workshops
  • Exhibit your work in the Annual Student Art Exhibition

From Passion to Profession

As a Studio Art major, you will learn more than just how to create successful art: you’ll learn the skills needed to sustain a career as professional artist. All Studio Art majors are required to take the Professional Studio Practicum course, which address the “business-side” of being an artist, as well as a professional Internship in places such as museums, galleries, theatres, schools, non- profit arts organizations, or as assistants for professional artists.

Additionally, many Studio Art majors supplement their degree with a minor that focuses their studio skills toward the following creative industries:

  • Minor in Illustration
  • Minor in Graphic Design
  • Minor in Sequential Art
  • Minor in Visual Development

Career Outlook & Success


Median pay per the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics


Expected job growth for Craft and Fine Artists by 2026

Graduates of our Studio Arts program go on to a variety of careers or to graduate school. Alumni artists work in museums, non-profits, art galleries, commercial studios, and more, including:

  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art
  • Brumbeloe Fine Art
  • Artlink
  • Arts United
  • and as independent artists

Ready to start?

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Program Director

Monika Meler
260-399-7700 ext. 8015