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

Within the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, the studio art 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.

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree, the studio art major is intended for those students whose goal is the professional production of visual art. Only those students serious about preparing for a studio career in the visual arts and willing to commit the time and energy necessary to achieve professional competence in their chosen area of studio concentration should choose the B.F.A. degree option.

Within the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree the studio art major 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. Within this degree, students can major in Studio Art or Studio Art with an emphasis in industrial design.

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.

Within the B.F.A. degree, areas of emphasis are painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber and weaving, metals and jewelry, printmaking and photography. Teacher licensure, PK–12, is offered in conjunction with all studio art areas.

Students may also declare a minor in Studio Art, which involves a minimum of 18 credit hours in art, graphic design, industrial or interior architecture courses. The student's minor program is subject to approval by the school director.

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

Degrees Offered





B.F.A. Studio Art only: Studio Art only: Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Fiber and Weaving, Metals and Jewelry, Printmaking and Photography

B.S. in Studio Art or Studio Art with an emphasis in Industrial Design


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 a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

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