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Studio art is a major offered by the School of Art, Design and Art History, an academic unit within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Within the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, the Art (Studio) major is intended for students interested in pursuing a program of art study that promotes lifelong learning with an emphasis on the humanities. The B.A. in studio art is designed for students who seek a breadth of knowledge in the visual arts and who have an interest or background in the humanities.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in studio art is intended for those students whose goal is the professional production of visual art. The B.F.A. in studio art also offers a new integrated 3D emphasis, combining ceramics, fiber arts and weaving, metals and jewelry, and sculpture.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in studio art is designed for students who seek a breadth of knowledge in the visual arts and who have a preferred interest or stronger background preparation in math, the natural sciences or the social sciences. The degree major of studio art allows students to develop their visual vocabulary and provides a range of elective options that complement the major in studio art.  

Teaching licensure in art is available as part of all degree programs. Student enrolled in art education coursework will be exposed to both theoretical and practical issues related to comprehensive art education delivery. In addition to intensive art education methods coursework, students will participate in three practicum experiences designed for elementary, middle and high school levels.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for all degrees. If interested, please contact the School of Art, Design and Art History for more information.

For further information, visit the School of Art, Design and Art History website.

Degrees Offered




Concentrations (B.F.A.)


Fiber Arts and Weaving               

Metals and Jewelry                

Painting and Drawing   





Studio Art

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
All prospective freshmen, transfer or change of major students intending to major in studio art must meet JMU admission requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. In addition to meeting JMU admission requirements, all students are required to submit a portfolio to the school's SlideRoom account ( There is a $10 charge for this submission. For transfer/change of major students, a statement that explains the student's educational and artistic goals is required; the educational/artistic goals form is located on the school's SlideRoom page. The submission of a portfolio is seen as evidence of a student's interest and potential for future success in art. It is also an opportunity for all students to be considered for a scholarship. All scholarship awards are based on merit and vary in amount, up to the full cost of tuition. It is advised that portfolios be submitted as early as possible for scholarship consideration.

Should students desire feedback about their portfolio prior to submitting it to SlideRoom, the School of Art, Design and Art History will be offering portfolio feedback days. Portfolio feedback days will include an opportunity to meet with faculty, receive information about the Studio Art major, and take a tour of the School's facilities. Please register by filling out an online RSVP.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
See above. 

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

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