The practice of art is among the oldest and most fundamental forms of human expression. The Department of Studio Arts provides the opportunity for students to explore the visual arts through foundation courses and through upper-level courses in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and graphic design. Studio activities are designed to intensify students’ visual perception of the formal and expressive means of art, to develop understanding of a variety of technical processes, and to encourage insight into the significance of making art today. Course offerings of the department address the following goals:
- Provide a degree program for art majors who desire a liberal education and want to prepare for graduate art school or pursue a career in an art-related field;
- Provide a related area in studio arts for majors in other departments by taking the four foundation courses or by completing 12 credits in a specified studio area;
- Facilitate development of art-making skills and concepts through the foundation courses for all undergraduate students, while satisfying the Dietrich School creative expression requirement; and
- Provide a 15-credit minor in studio arts.
The Department of Studio Arts sponsors an annual student exhibition and a biannual faculty exhibition in the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery. The University’s Frick Fine Arts Library is one of the finest available. Also in close proximity is The Carnegie, with its museum and library providing access for research and study. For more information on the major, the minor, and the Department of Studio Arts, see http://www.studioarts.pitt.edu/.