Art Studio

The Art Studio B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) and B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree programs provide a broad foundation in art practice, history, and theory that emphasizes experimentation, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and global awareness. Interaction with a faculty of practicing artists, visiting artists, professional and student exhibitions, international study, as well as the resources of the larger university, foster informed, engaged, and creative graduates, preparing them for professional careers and graduate studies.
Art Studio B.A. students develop an individual plan of study that encourages exploration and specialization in one or more studio practices, including ceramics, drawing/painting, fiber/fabrics, mixed media, photography, printmaking, time-based art, sculpture, and courses in professional development and Art History. The Art Studio B.F.A. is a selective expanded program focused on the year-long development of a professional body of work, culminating in a Western Gallery exhibition and catalog.

Course Highlight


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Art and Ecology Practicum is an interdisciplinary course at Western Washington University that develops knowledge, skills and critical thinking for eco-art practice.

Studio BA Learning Outcomes

  • Broad experience in the foundations of studio art, with some specialization in studio art practices.
  • Understanding of the formal visual relationships present in the art and design process.
  • Critical thinking about the relationship of art practice to culture, community and place.
  • Broad knowledge of global visual art culture and history.
  • Awareness of career opportunities in art and related fields, and competency to independently seek further professional growth.
  • The development of artist statements, professional resumes and image portfolios.

Studio BFA Learning Outcomes

  • The development of a professional body of work, culminating in a Western Gallery exhibition and catalog.
  • Experience with materials and process in an intensive self-directed studio process.
  • Self-discipline, time management and competence in the techniques and skills needed to further ideas and to complete projects.
  • Knowledge of sources, ideas, subject matter and contemporary practice relevant to projects; expanded conceptual understanding and critical thinking.
  • Experience creating promotional materials, planning, and installing an exhibition collaboratively as a group and individually.
  • The ability to begin to operate as a professional artist at the local, regional, or national level, and preparedness for graduate study.

The Art Studio, BFA is only open to currently enrolled WWU Art Studio, BA majors.


Minor: Museum Studies

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Get hands-on!

Understand the social dimension of museums.

Learn how to organize art exhibitions.

Gain hands-on gallery preparator experience.

Open to all majors

Minor: STEAM

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STEAM Ahead!

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics

Open to non-Art majors, Art History, Art Education, and Art Studio majors.

Minor: Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation program

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Boost your creative career

Open to all College of Fine and Performing Arts majors

For students interested in a creative career