Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art
- Professors who are working professionals with first-hand industry knowledge
- Courses tailored to your interests and strengths, to foster a broad understanding of this exciting field
- Students are encouraged to find their individual voice
Marywood's illustration program prepares students for the demanding and competitive field of illustration. Courses center on concept, image creation, and an understanding of a variety of techniques, while stressing the social, political, and ethical responsibilities of the artist and the impact illustration has had, and continues to have, on society.
More About This Degree
- Learn more about this program or visit the Visual Arts website.
- College: Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts
- Courses: Available courses in this department
- This program is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Programs in Art and Design of the Department of Visual Arts are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art
Dr. Christa Irwin
Assistant Professor Art History, Area Coordinator - Arts Administration
Assistant Professor, Area Coordinator - Illustration, Director MFA - Graphic Design/Illustration
Assistant Professor, Study Abroad Tours Coordinator
Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities, many of which are housed in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment.
Computer resources include AutoCADsoftware, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors. There are also weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities;and sculpture and painting studios.
The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.
I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country.
I graduated from Marywood University in 2015 with a B.A. in Art Administration. I currently work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Development department as a Major Gifts Assistant. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.
As the Major Gifts Assistant, I report to two Major Gifts Officers and also to the Senior Director of Major Gifts. I am responsible for preparing and completing mailings, scheduling, pulling reports, and letter writing. I move management tracking and reporting via Raiser’s Edge database. Every day is different and it is always interesting and exciting.
I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country. This degree gave me the ability to explore a wide range of career paths in the arts. I really liked that it was a good mix of creative and practical skills. I am proud of my accomplishments and I am proud to be a Marywood graduate. Set goals and then attack them!
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
- Official SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed application
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation
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Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.
Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases
|ART 110||Basic Drawing||
|ART 116||Drawing I||
|ART 118||Two-Dimensional Design and Color||
|ART 212||Three-Dimensional Design||
|ART 233||Painting I||
|ART 322||Foundation Portfolio Review||0|
Students in the 2-D illustration track are prepared for the demanding and competitive field of illustration. Courses center on concept and development, image design, and an understanding of finish techniques, while stressing the social, political, and ethical responsibilities of the artist and the impact illustration has had, and continues to have, on society.
|ART 113*||Art History I||3|
|ART 114*||Art History II||3|
|ART 215A||Figure Drawing I||3|
|ART 215B||Figure Drawing II||3|
|ART 218||Art in the Modern Era||3|
|ART 221A||Visual Concepts||3|
|ART 226||Basic Printmaking||3|
|ART 241||Computer Graphics||3|
|ART 314||Introduction to Graphic Design||3|
|ART 322A,B,C||Portfolio Review||0|
|ART 345||Painting II||3|
|ART 422A||General Illustration I||3|
|ART 422B||General Illustration II||3|
|ART 424||Intermediate Illustration||6|
|ART 427B||Advanced Problems in Visual Communication||6|
|ART 431||History of American Illustration||3|
|ART 441M||Digital Illustration||3|
|ART Elective||Studio or Fieldwork Experience (ART 449)||3|
|ART Elective||Art History Elective or Studio Elective||3|
*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.