The Studio Art Option of the BFA program is designed to prepare students for careers as professional artist, for employment opportunities in a wide variety of art-related fields, or for admission to graduate school. Studio majors work closely with their advisor and teachers in the department to best plan their career or graduate education path. Most graduate MFA programs require that students have a broad range of studio courses with an exceptional portfolio of creative work. Students in the Studio Art Option are required to complete the Foundation Program, three levels of Drawing and Painting, two levels of all other studio courses, 12 hours of Art History, and present a Senior Exhibition of their work. Students under this option use their art electives to concentrate in one area chosen from Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics or Sculpture.
Our Emphasis in Studio is on the Fundamentals:
Ceramics introduces the techniques of hand-building and throwing that are relative to both contemporary and historical clay work around the world. Students work with anatomical, architectural, and natural forms, emphasizing surface color and the tactile qualities of clay. This approach offers individuals freedom to fully express themselves in both the sculptural and utilitarian aspects of ceramics.
Drawing is the fundamental tool used by visual artists and designers. It's at the core of how you see and record the world, express your response to it, or how you generate new ideas. The discipline of drawing enhances your ability to envision and execute projects across all the courses within the BFA.
Painting continues the process of drawing and reinforces the need to learn ‘how to see.' This process requires thoughtful communication through the painted surface, whether the work is realistic, abstract, or nonobjective. Students work with the ‘basic building blocks’ of acrylic and oil painting to acquire the intimate familiarity with color and craftsmanship that make up successful painting.
Photography demands envisioning the world with new eyes. Students first study the basics of composition, design, lighting, processing and printing film, and producing effective prints. With additional classes students are enabled to explore photography as an expressive, personal tool, reflecting its status as a fine art medium. Experiences are provided with both traditional and non-traditional darkroom techniques, as well as opportunities to fully explore the digital realm. At all levels, emphasis is placed on creativity, personal expression and the quality of finished prints.
One of the many tools of creativity in the Department of Art, printmaking at Belmont is a crossroads combining traditional techniques with contemporary processes. With printmaking, the technical process often informs the resolved work of art. Students are encouraged to develop their unique voice as they pull personal research and ideas into each project, learning process and concept simultaneously.
Printmaking presents students with an engaging exploration of the traditions of serial image creation through the use of traditional processes and nontraditional approaches. The study of silkscreen, relief, intaglio, lithography, and digital processes allows students to choose the appropriate print medium and technique for a given concept. Students fully synthesize design and studio processes into printed images.
The Sculpture program at Belmont offers students a wide range of processes to aid in the realization of individual expression and craft. Beginning Sculpture classes are assignment driven but are structured to allow for students to find their own path towards their unique and creative voices. Idea generation along with safe studio practices are at the forefront of this process.