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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.

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 and foreign language. The studio art faculty is made up of practicing artists who work closely with the students, and students also work closely with each other as they develop their studio practice. Visiting artists and scholars, workshops, field trips and frequent on-campus exhibitions of professional artwork enhance student engagement with contemporary art. Additionally, students have opportunities to exhibit and present their artwork, to assist in running on-campus galleries and studio art labs and to partake in other hands-on art experiences.

Students graduating with a B.A. in Studio Art will:

  • Display technical command of at least one medium and display fluency in a range of media.
  • Effectively analyze and apply two- and three-dimensional design principles and devices
  • Develop an independent line of creative inquiry that embraces risk-taking and inventive solutions
  • Knowledgeably critique and contextualize their artwork to cultivate expressive ideas and meaningful content
  • Demonstrate awareness of contemporary art and art history within a global context

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.

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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