Find your creative voice and build your portfolio in a community of student-artists. Find your creative voice and build your portfolio in a community of student-artists. Find your creative voice and build your portfolio in a community of student-artists. Find your creative voice and build your portfolio in a community of student-artists. Find your creative voice and build your portfolio in a community of student-artists.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Theatre

Studio Art

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Why choose studio art at North Central College?

As a North Central student-artist, you’ll enjoy the freedom to explore anything and everything that inspires you. We’ve equipped our renovated Meiley-Swallow Hall with new studios in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and interactive media. You’ll find your creative voice and have plenty of opportunities to share it in our dedicated gallery spaces. And along the way you’ll build a portfolio that will impress industry leaders, educators, prospective clients—and most importantly, you.

You can also:

  • Participate in the Senior Art Show, solo and group exhibits, and juried events in the College’s dedicated exhibit spaces and local art galleries.
  • Meet prominent artists at on-campus gallery exhibits and talks.
  • Study world-class art and architecture at galleries and museums in Chicago and Naperville.
  • Conduct undergraduate research and present your findings at the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
  • Visit with guest artists, plan outings and build camaraderie through campus clubs for artists, photographers and sculptors.
  • Apply for competitive talent scholarships in art.

More Department information

Studio Art, B.A.

Studio art majors develop problem-solving skills and creative design thinking strategies through analysis, critique and creation of works of art. Students explore a range of media in foundational studio courses and refine their art practice in advanced courses, culminating in a senior art exhibition. Students can enhance their studies with an additional major or minor, a study abroad or Chicago term and internships. Graduates pursue professional opportunities and careers in art therapy, arts administration, education, commercial design, visual merchandizing, illustration, fine art, art entrepreneurship, and art graduate studies.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

Major Requirements

Required Courses

  • ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    4 credit hours

    A foundations course focused on process, study and application of core concepts of visual design - visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Course objectives include creative problem solving through acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 160 - 3D Design: Form and Space

    ARTD 160 - 3D Design: Form and Space

    4.00 credit hours

    A studio foundation course focused on process, study, and application of core concepts of art and design through the form and structure of three-dimensional space. Course objectives explore creative problem solving through acquisition and development of conceptual and technical skills by using a variety of materials.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Studio Art Core Courses

  • ARTD 120 - Drawing I: Observational Drawing

    ARTD 120 - Drawing I: Observational Drawing

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory drawing course focused on pictorial composition and black and white drawing media. Students sharpen perceptual awareness through drawing from direct observation and explore space, line, value, shape, form, texture, perspective and sighting and measuring.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • ARTD 130 - Painting I: Materials, Tools and Techniques

    ARTD 130 - Painting I: Materials, Tools and Techniques

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory painting course focused on the visual language of painting and the basics of pictorial composition. Students explore the fundamentals of color theory as well as the materials, tools and techniques of painting from various periods.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 120 recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 150 - Ceramics I: Introduction to Form and Techniques

    ARTD 150 - Ceramics I: Introduction to Form and Techniques

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to clay placing an emphasis on hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Exploration of designing, decorating and firing procedures that address concepts of three-dimensional design and connections to historical and contemporary ceramics.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 260 - Sculpture I: Modern and Contemporary

    ARTD 260 - Sculpture I: Modern and Contemporary

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the critical principles and communicative possibilities of sculpture. Methods include exploring and researching the conceptual and technical works of modern and contemporary artists and their material exploration. The key concepts, materials and processes of sculpture using carving, modeling and construction are developed through individual projects, analysis and reflection.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Studio Art Electives

  • An additional four credits in studio art at the 200-level
  • Twelve credits in studio art at the 300-level or above
  • Four credits in studio art at the 400-level

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 102 - World Art Histories II

    ARTH 102 - World Art Histories II

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history survey of visual art and architecture from 1400 CE through today. Geographic regions considered include the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, emphasizing interactions between cultures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • ARTH 302 - Modern Art

    ARTH 302 - Modern Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Historical development of modernism in the visual arts and architecture 1870-1970. Emphasis on theory, research and writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 304 - Contemporary Art

    ARTH 304 - Contemporary Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Historical development of contemporary art internationally in the visual arts and architecture 1960-today. Emphasis on theory, research and writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

Senior Art Exhibit/Capstone

  • ARTD 496 - Exhibition I: Research and Development

    ARTD 496 - Exhibition I: Research and Development

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    Students generate viable exhibition project proposals through research and discussion. The proposals are presented for evaluation to a panel of review. The course forms the basis of projects to be presented at the senior student exhibition, the capstone experience of art and design majors.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 498 - Exhibition II: Production and Installation

    ARTD 498 - Exhibition II: Production and Installation

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    Capstone experience where students produce exhibition projects that demonstrate their ability to design, justify, execute and present the results of original research based projects. Students work closely with an assigned project advisor, in addition to participating in supporting workshops, presenting at the senior student exhibition and defending the work at a final critique panel.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*ARTD 496 and ARTD 498 do not count toward the 400-level studio art course

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Studio Art Minor

A minor in studio art is for students wanting to explore a creative practice for personal expression or as an integral component to their major.  The minor exposes students to concept, design, production, history, and critical analysis of art.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

Foundation/Gateway

One of the following:

  • ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    4 credit hours

    A foundations course focused on process, study and application of core concepts of visual design - visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Course objectives include creative problem solving through acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 160 - 3D Design: Form and Space

    ARTD 160 - 3D Design: Form and Space

    4.00 credit hours

    A studio foundation course focused on process, study, and application of core concepts of art and design through the form and structure of three-dimensional space. Course objectives explore creative problem solving through acquisition and development of conceptual and technical skills by using a variety of materials.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Drawing

  • ARTD 120 - Drawing I: Observational Drawing

    ARTD 120 - Drawing I: Observational Drawing

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory drawing course focused on pictorial composition and black and white drawing media. Students sharpen perceptual awareness through drawing from direct observation and explore space, line, value, shape, form, texture, perspective and sighting and measuring.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Art History

One course from the ARTH prefix, minumum four credit hours.

Advanced Studio Art

One of the following:

    • Studio Art course at the 300- or 400-level
  • ARTD 391 - Interdisciplinary Arts I: Advanced Studio

    ARTD 391 - Interdisciplinary Arts I: Advanced Studio

    4.00 credit hours

    A course focused on interdisciplinary approaches to art making and the development of an independent studio practice. Studio projects are combined with related critical theory and historical and emerging developments in the field. The course consists of group critiques, readings and discussions, student presentations, written statements and/or visiting artists presentations and field trips.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level studio art course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Studio Art Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Art facilitator, DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville
  • Presenter of two-dimensional art, Hobby Lobby, Bridgeview, IL
  • Art gallery management intern, Brigantine Gallery, Downers Grove, IL
  • Floral design intern, Scheffler's Flowers, Naperville
  • Exhibitions intern, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL
  • Special events intern, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago


Graduate Schools

Recent art majors have been accepted at the following graduate schools:

  • Mills College, Oakland, Calif.
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill.
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Careers

Recent graduates in art include:

  • Art instructor
  • Art therapist
  • Gallery director
  • Illustrator
  • Interior designer
  • Merchandiser
  • Museum curator/exhibit preparator
  • Studio technician

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