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Department ofArt and Art History

Academic Programs

Painting class in Dowd

Painting class in Dowd

Studio Art

The Studio Art program pairs intensive hands-on work with an emphasis on analysis, research, and writing to prepare majors for all types of creative careers.

The Studio Art program offers a comprehensive foundation that gives its majors the necessary skills to pursue graduate study or careers in the arts. Many studio art majors are using their creative skills in the computer industry and related image and graphics companies. The studio art curriculum also provides non-majors the chance to express thought and feeling in a hands-on visual environment. The program also offers stand-alone minors in studio art and in graphic design.

The Studio Art program offers courses in variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, computer imaging, animation, graphic design, photography, and web design.

Our curriculum is integrated and balanced. We emphasize traditional fine arts skills as well as new technologies. We'll help you hone your practice while challenging you to consider the conceptual aspects of your work. And we'll shift you out of the studio to take Art History courses and prepare an exhibitfrom the lighting and display design to the work itselfto be displayed at the Senior Art Show.

What else do we have to offer?

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An art museum on campus (the de Saisset). Community art projects that explore local social, economic, and cultural issues. Art Club, Clay Club, Printmaking Society Club. Juried art shows. A faculty that exhibits all over the world yet spends countless hours working with students. Paid internships at significant Bay Area galleries and museums. Brand new facilities. And more.

And then?

Studio Art majors learn the kind of creative problem solving sought after by companies all over Silicon Valley and across the world. You'll leave here with a well-rounded education that could take you anywhere.


Contact Us

Takeshi Moro, Ph.D., Department Chair
Mitch Grieb, Academic Department Manager
Office: 408-554-4594
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Location: The Department of Art & Art History is located in the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building #775.