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Program Overviews

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Studio Art: This degree allows the student to major in studio art within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. It also allows the student considerable flexibility in developing a course of study. Individualized academic goals can be achieved while students earn their emphasis in drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. The B.A. Capstone is a public thesis exhibition and involves writing an artist's statement that explicates each student's development between studio art and their studies in the liberal arts.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Studio Art: This degree is for students who wish to enter an intensive professional studio art program or continue their education at the graduate level. Students will develop professional skills and a personal aesthetic philosophy within their area of focus: drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. Students must possess an exceptional commitment to their work. B.F.A. students also graduate with an effective minor in a second studio area. Our comprehensive art curriculum is enhanced with a variety of individualized choices and liberal arts studies within the Drake Curriculum. In the spring of their junior year, students take part in B.F.A. reviews. The B.F.A. Capstone Experience is a senior thesis exhibition and a digital portfolio consisting of an artist's statement, photographic documentation of thesis work, and a statement of future professional plans.


Studio Art

Available Options

  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Studio Art
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Studio Art
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
  • Studio Art minor
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture

Program Overviews

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Studio Art: This degree allows the student to major in studio art within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. It also allows the student considerable flexibility in developing a course of study. Individualized academic goals can be achieved while students earn their emphasis in drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. The BA Capstone is a public thesis exhibition and involves writing an artist's statement that explicates each student's development between studio art and their studies in the liberal arts.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Studio Art: This degree is for students who wish to enter an intensive professional studio art program or continue their education at the graduate level. Students will develop professional skills and a personal aesthetic philosophy within their area of focus: drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. Students must possess an exceptional commitment to their work. BFA students also graduate with an effective minor in a second studio area. Our comprehensive art curriculum is enhanced with a variety of individualized choices and liberal arts studies within the Drake Curriculum. In the spring of their junior year, students take part in BFA reviews. The BFA Capstone Experience is a senior thesis exhibition and a digital portfolio consisting of an artist's statement, photographic documentation of thesis work, and a statement of future professional plans.


B.A. Degree Requirements

In addition to requirements for all undergraduate degrees, which can be found in the “Graduation Requirements” area of the catalog, Art and Design students must meet the following requirements:

For students who entered Drake prior to fall 2014: A student is placed on probation if either the cumulative grade-point average or the average in Department of Art and Design courses falls below 2.00 (a "C" average) during any semester in which a student has earned less than 60 total credit hours. A student may be placed on probation for failing to meet the University’s standards for satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements.

To continue progress toward a Department of Art and Design degree, a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and a 2.5 GPA in the Department of Art and Design courses at the end of the academic term in which the student completes the 30th credit hour. For transfer students, the 60th-hour GPA must be based upon at least 15 credit hours earned at Drake. Students who achieve the 2.5 GPA at the 60th-hour level are placed on probation if their GPAs fall below 2.5 in a subsequent semester. If the GPA is not raised to 2.5 or better after the probationary semester, the student may not continue in the Department of Art and Design or re-enroll later.

For students entering Drake beginning fall 2014, the benchmark for evaluation will be 30 credit hours instead of 60.

Area of Emphasis: Drawing (B.A.)

The B.A. in Drawing allows students to double major and so to synthesize their studies in studio art within the context of the liberal arts. Students are mentored in the development of a set of interdisciplinary critical thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic as it reflects other educational experiences. Technical skills are honed alongside of a conceptual framework in a process-based environment designed to facilitate a diversity of investigative methods. At advanced stages students are encouraged to both embrace and test the traditions of drawing and graphic media through the deliberate synthesis of materials, methods and ideas as these processes merge with other selected areas of study.

The B.A. Studio Art Capstone in Drawing culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a body of artwork that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the educational experience. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BA will produce an artist’s statement that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of their studies.

Course Credit Hours
ART 013 (2-D Design) 3
ART 014 (3-D Design) 3
ART 015 (Drawing I) 3
ART 016 (Drawing II) 3
ART 021 (Digital Media) 3
Basic Studio, choose one from ART 056, 057, 058, 059 (Printmaking) 3
ART 063 (Painting I) 3
ART 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
ART 079 (Sculpture I) 3
ART 065 (Intermediate Drawing I) 3
ART 066 (Intermediate Drawing II) 3
ART 165 (Advanced Drawing I) 3
ART 166 (Advanced Drawing II) 3
ART 177 (Special Problems in Drawing I) 3
Art History Electives, choose two from ART 103-113 6
B.A. Capstone 1
Total: 50

Area of Emphasis: Painting (B.A.)

The BA in Painting allows students to double major and so to synthesize their studies in studio art with studies in other areas of the liberal arts. Students are mentored in the development of a set of interdisciplinary critical thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic as it reflects other educational experiences. Technical skills are honed in a process-based environment designed to facilitate a diversity of investigative methods. At advanced stages students are encouraged to both embrace and test the traditions of painting through the deliberate synthesis of materials, methods and ideas as these processes merge with other selected areas of study.

The B.A. Studio Art Capstone in Painting culminates with a senior thesis exhibitionwhere each student is expected to present a body of artwork that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the educational experience. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured.  Additionally, the successful BA will produce an artist’s statement that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of their studies.

Course

Credit Hours
ART 013 (2-D Design) 3
ART 014 (3-D Design) 3
ART 015 (Drawing I) 3
ART 016 (Drawing II) 3
ART 021 (Digital Media) 3
Basic Studio, choose one from ART 056, 057, 058, 059 (Printmaking) 3
ART 063 (Painting I) 3
ART 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
ART 079 (Sculpture I) 3
ART 064 (Painting II) 3
ART 125 (Intermediate Painting I) 3
ART 126 (Intermediate Painting II) 3
ART 163 (Advanced Painting I) 3
ART 164 (Advanced Painting II) 3
Art History Electives, choose two from ART 103-113 6
B.A. Capstone 1
Total: 50

Area of Emphasis: Printmaking (B.A.)

The B.A. in Printmaking allows students to double major and so to synthesize their studies in studio art with studies in the liberal arts. Students are mentored in the development of a set of interdisciplinary critical thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic as it reflects other educational experiences. The printmaking emphasis develops technical abilities as well as creative methods for the visual articulation of individual concepts and emotions. A full range of relief, intaglio and lithographic techniques are taught on all levels in a spacious, well-equipped and efficiently organized studio. Students learn the skillful use of numerous essential printmaking tools, materials and processes and acquire an understanding of their characteristics and appropriateness to varying image-making demands. The development of clarity of vision, purpose and self-direction is supported by discussions and critical analyses in both group and individual contexts.

The B.A. Studio Art Capstone culminates with a public presentation of a group exhibition where each student is expected to present a body of artwork created specifically for the exhibition. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured.  Additionally, the successful BA will produce an artist’s statement that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of their studies.

Course Credit Hours
ART 013 (2-D Design) 3
ART 014 (3-D Design) 3
ART 015 (Drawing I) 3
ART 016 (Drawing II) 3
ART 021 (Digital Media) 3
Basic Studio, choose one from ART 056, 057, 058, 059 (Printmaking) 3
ART 063 (Painting I) 3
ART 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
ART 079 (Sculpture I) 3
Choose two from ART 057, 058, or 059 6
Choose two from ART 147, 148, or 149 6
Choose one from ART 157, 158, or 159 3
Art History Electives, choose two from ART 103-113 6
B.A. Studio Capstone 1
Total: 50

Area of Emphasis: Sculpture (B.A.)

The B.A. in Sculpture allows students to double major and so to synthesize their studies in studio art with studies in the liberal arts. Students are mentored in the development of a set of interdisciplinary critical thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic as it reflects other educational experiences. The sculpture emphasis enhances creative abilities by developing a comprehensive understanding of three-dimensional concepts and processes. The sculpture facilities provide students with well-equipped studios for woodworking, welding, forging, casting and installation. Students gain a strong understanding of traditional and nontraditional materials and methods while honing their ability to critically evaluate their own and peer work. This comprehensive engagement encourages individual expression by establishing an understanding of selecting the appropriate form, material and process to support an idea.

The B.A. Studio Art Capstone culminates with a public presentation of a group exhibition where each student is expected to present a body of artwork created specifically for the exhibition. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured.  Additionally, the successful BA will produce an artist’s statement that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of their studies.

Course Credit Hours
ART 013 (2-D Design) 3
ART 014 (3-D Design) 3
ART 015 (Drawing I) 3
ART 016 (Drawing II) 3
ART 021 (Digital Media) 3
Basic Studio, choose one from ART 056, 057, 058, 059 (Printmaking) 3
ART 063 (Painting I) 3
ART 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
ART 079 (Sculpture I) 3
ART 080 (Sculpture II) 3
ART 139 (Intermediate Sculpture I) 3
ART 140 (Intermediate Sculpture II) 3
ART 179 (Advanced Sculpture I) 3
ART 180 (Advanced Sculpture II) 3
Art History Electives, choose two from ART 103-113 6
B.A. Capstone 1
Total: 50

B.F.A. Degree Requirements

In addition to requirements for all undergraduate degrees, which can be found in the “Graduation Requirements” area of the catalog, Art and Design students must meet the following requirements:

For students who entered Drake prior to fall 2014: A student is placed on probation if either the cumulative grade-point average or the average in Department of Art and Design courses falls below 2.00 (a "C" average) during any semester in which a student has earned less than 60 total credit hours. A student may be placed on probation for failing to meet the University’s standards for satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements.

To continue progress toward a Department of Art and Design degree, a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and a 2.5 GPA in the Department of Art and Design courses at the end of the academic term in which the student completes the 30th credit hour. For transfer students, the 60th-hour GPA must be based upon at least 15 credit hours earned at Drake. Students who achieve the 2.5 GPA at the 60th-hour level are placed on probation if their GPAs fall below 2.5 in a subsequent semester. If the GPA is not raised to 2.5 or better after the probationary semester, the student may not continue in the Department of Art and Design or re-enroll later.

For students entering Drake beginning fall 2014, the benchmark for evaluation will be 30 credit hours instead of 60.

Area of Emphasis: Drawing (B.F.A.)

The B.F.A. in Drawing is the professional degree for students who wish to pursue intensive studio art studies in drawing. Through the study of fundamental skills and the synthesis of formal and conceptual abilities, students are encouraged to explore graphic media as a primary means of aesthetic communication. Technical skills are honed alongside of a conceptual framework in a process-based environment designed to facilitate a diversity of investigative methods. At advanced stages students are encouraged to both embrace and test the traditions of drawing and graphic media through the deliberate synthesis of materials, methods and ideas as these processes merge with other selected areas of study.

The B.F.A. Capstone Experience culminates with a senior thesis exhibitionwhere each student is expected to present a display that reflects the intensive development of an individualized body of artwork. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BFA will produce a digital portfolio that consists of an artist’s statement and photographic documentation of thesis work and a statement of future plans.

Course Credit Hours
ART 013 (2-D Design) 3
ART 014 (3-D Design) 3
ART 015 (Drawing I) 3
ART 016 (Drawing II) 3
ART 021 (Digital Media) 3
Basic Studio, choose one from ART 056, 057, 058, 059 (Printmaking) 3
ART 063 (Painting I) 3
ART 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
ART 079 (Sculpture I) 3
ART 065 (Intermediate Drawing I) 3
ART 066 (Intermediate Drawing II) 3
ART 165 (Advanced Drawing I) 3
ART 166 (Advanced Drawing II) 3
ART 177 (Special Problems in Drawing I) 3
Secondary area of emphasis: three courses from single studio area or Graphic Design 9
ART 109 (Modern Art History) or ART 110 (Contemporary Art History) 3
ART 199 (Art and Theory) 3
Art History Electives, choose two from ART 103-113 6
Art Electives (may include art history) 12
ART 175 and 176 (Senior Studio Art Capstone) 8
Total: 84

Area of Emphasis: Painting (B.F.A.)

Painting fosters creativity within a time-tested visual tradition in ways that lead to significant artistic expression. Students are mentored in the development of critical visual thinking skills necessary to the growth of a highly individualized aesthetic. Technical skills are honed in a process-based environment designed to facilitate a diversity of investigative methods. At advanced stages students are encouraged to both embrace and test the traditions of painting through the deliberate synthesis of materials, methods and ideas. The successful BFA in Painting will be prepared for professional practice and/or graduate levels of study in the fine arts.

The B.F.A. Capstone Experience culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a display that reflects the intensive development of an individualized body of artwork. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BFA will produce a digital portfolio that consists of an artist’s statement and photographic documentation of thesis work and a statement of future plans.

Art Credit Hours
ART 013 (2-D Design) 3
ART 014 (3-D Design) 3
ART 015 (Drawing I) 3
ART 016 (Drawing II) 3
ART 021 (Digital Media) 3
Basic Studio, choose one from ART 056, 057, 058, 059 (Printmaking) 3
ART 063 (Painting I) 3
ART 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
ART 079 (Sculpture I) 3
ART 064 (Painting II) 3
ART 125 (Intermediate Painting I) 3
ART 126 (Intermediate Painting II) 3
ART 163 (Advanced Painting I) 3
ART 164 (Advanced Painting II) 3
Secondary area of emphasis: three courses from single studio area or Graphic Design 9
ART 109 (Modern Art History) or ART 110 (Contemporary Art History) 3
ART 199 (Art and Theory) 3
Art History Electives, choose two from ART 103-113 6
Art Electives (may include art history) 12
ART 175 and 176 (Senior Studio Art Capstone) 8

Total:

84

Area of Emphasis: Printmaking (B.F.A.)

The printmaking emphasis develops technical abilities as well as creative methods for the visual articulation of individual concepts and emotions. A full range of relief, intaglio and lithographic techniques are taught on all levels in a spacious, well-equipped and efficiently organized studio. Students learn the skillful use of numerous essential printmaking tools, materials and processes and acquire an understanding of their characteristics and appropriateness to varying image-making demands. The development of clarity of vision, purpose and self-direction is supported by discussions and critical analyses in both group and individual contexts.  The successful BFA in Printmaking will be prepared for professional practice and/or graduate levels of study in the fine arts.

The B.F.A. Capstone Experience culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a display that reflects the intensive development of an individualized body of artwork. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BFA will produce a digital portfolio that consists of an artist’s statement and photographic documentation of thesis work and a statement of future plans.

Course Credit Hours
ART 013 (2-D Design) 3
ART 014 (3-D Design) 3
ART 015 (Drawing I) 3
ART 016 (Drawing II) 3
ART 021 (Digital Media) 3
Basic Studio, choose one from ART 056, 057, 058, 059 (Printmaking) 3
ART 063 (Painting I) 3
ART 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
ART 079 (Sculpture I) 3
Choose two from ART 057, 058, or 059 6
Choose two from ART 147, 148, or 149 6
Choose one from ART 157, 158, or 159 3
Secondary area of emphasis: three courses from single studio area or Graphic Design 9
ART 109 (Modern Art History) or ART 110 (Contemporary Art History) 3
ART 199 (Art and Theory) 3
Art History Electives, choose two from ART 103-113 6
Art Electives (may include art history) 12
ART 175 and 176 (Senior Studio Art Capstone) 8
Total: 84

Area of Emphasis: Sculpture (B.F.A.)

The sculpture emphasis enhances creative abilities by developing a comprehensive understanding of three-dimensional concepts and processes. The sculpture facilities provide students with well-equipped studios for woodworking, welding, forging, casting and installation. Students gain a strong understanding of traditional and nontraditional materials and methods while honing their ability to critically evaluate their own and peer work. This comprehensive engagement encourages individual expression by establishing an understanding of selecting the appropriate form, material and process to support an idea.  The successful BFA in Sculpture will be prepared for professional practice and/or graduate levels of study in the fine arts.

The B.F.A. Capstone Experience culminates with a senior thesis exhibition where each student is expected to present a display that reflects the intensive development of an individualized body of artwork. This exhibition may occur in the Weeks or Anderson galleries or an exhibition space in Des Moines may be procured. Additionally, the successful BFA will produce a digital portfolio that consists of an artist’s statement and photographic documentation of thesis work and a statement of future plans.

Art Credit Hours
ART 013 (2-D Design) 3
ART 014 (3-D Design) 3
ART 015 (Drawing I) 3
ART 016 (Drawing II) 3
ART 021 (Digital Media) 3
Basic Studio, choose one from ART 056, 057, 058, 059 (Printmaking) 3
ART 063 (Painting I) 3
ART 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
ART 079 (Sculpture I) 3
ART 080 (Sculpture II) 3
ART 139 (Intermediate Sculpture I) 3
ART 140 (Intermediate Sculpture II) 3
ART 179 (Advanced Sculpture I) 3
ART 180 (Advanced Sculpture II) 3
Secondary area of emphasis: three courses from single studio area or Graphic Design 9
ART 109 (Modern Art History) or ART 110 (Contemporary Art History) 3
ART 199 (Art and Theory) 3
Art History Electives, choose two from ART 103-113 6
Art Electives (may include art history) 12
ART 175 and 176 (Senior Studio Art Capstone) 8
Total: 84

Studio Art Minor

The minor in studio art is designed for those students outside the Department of Art and Design who want to engage with basic studio art practices. The minor of 22 credit hours generally consists of the following courses and is chosen with an art and design faculty advisor.

Course Credits
Art 013 (2-D Design) 3
Art 014 (3-D Design) 3
Art 015 (Drawing I) 3
Art 075 (Themes in Art History) 4
Select a sequence of three courses from:  
Drawing, Painting, Printmaking or Sculpture 9
Total: 22
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