Required courses

  • ART 102 - Visual Thinking (4)
  • ART 114 - Drawing I: Introduction to Materials and Methods (4)
  • ART 127 - Object, Meaning, Context: Fundamentals in 3-D (4)
  • ART 201 - Basic Photography (4)
  • ART 204 - Digital Imaging I (3)
  • ART 225 - Painting I: Introduction to Materials and Methods (4)
  • ART 230 - Sculpture I (4)
  • ART 330 - Influences and Ideas: Advanced Art Workshop (3)
  • ARH 103 - Introduction to the History of Art (4) (formerly ART 103)
  • ARH 281 - Modern Art, 1880-1914 (4) (formerly ART 281)
  • One additional art course at any level in either studio or art history
  • One 200-level course in art history in addition to ART 103 and ART 281
  • One additional 300-level studio course
  • Nine additional credits in the Arts division (music, theatre, dance) and/or the Humanities division

Studio art majors are required to exhibit in the Corrin Gallery, or in an area gallery approved by the faculty, in their senior year, and they are encouraged to participate in exhibition opportunities outside of the college.

It is recommended that studio majors participate in exhibition opportunities in the Meyerhoff Arts Building and the Corrin Gallery prior to their senior exhibition.

A maximum of two internships may count toward the major. Each internship can earn a maximum of four credits


Concentration in Arts Administration

Goucher's arts administration coursework prepares students who want to pursue professional activities or careers related to managing, producing, or advancing the cultural arts, either in the for-profit or nonprofit sector.  For more information, click here.

Writing proficiency in the major is required and is fulfilled by completing:

  • One research paper with appropriate citations, bibliography, and illustrations of no less than 10 text pages with a grade of B or better, written for a course in studio or art history.
  • One paper demonstrating critical analysis of no less than three text pages with a grade of B or better, written for a course in studio or art history.

Honors in the major

  • To achieve honors in the major, graduating seniors must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all courses taken within the major and a minimum overall GPA of 3.3.
  • Honors candidates must complete ART 330 with a grade of B+ or better.
  • Honors candidates must be recognized by the studio faculty for their leadership within the major, as well as for their good citizenship.

Additional Information

Some studio courses in the department require a lab fee.

Studio art majors may also concentrate in secondary education with certification in art. Requirements for this are listed under the Education Department.

Transfer students should note that at least 23 of the credits for the studio art major must be earned at Goucher. When requesting transfer credit, courses taken elsewhere, if required for the major, must correspond to courses offered at Goucher, and a syllabus of the course must be presented to the department chair to determine this.

Students may request an exemption from introductory-level courses upon review of a portfolio presented to the department faculty teaching courses in the subject area of the requested exemption.

Courses taken elsewhere to satisfy requirements in the major or minor by enrolled students must be approved in advance by the department. Students may take no more than 12 credits counting toward the studio art major requirements at institutions other than Goucher.

Students intending to continue in fine and applied art should, with the guidance of department faculty, assemble a portfolio for use in applying for work in their profession or for entrance into graduate school.

Studio Art Checklist

Review the Studio Art Checklist (PDF) with your academic advisor to ensure that you are taking the necessary courses and credits to graduate. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor or visit the Academic Advising website for more information.