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Studio Art Bachelor’s Degrees

Design a Career You Love with a Studio Art Degree from BSU

From printmaking and darkroom photography to creating jewelry and ceramics, exciting opportunities for artistic expression abound through the studio art degree programs at Bridgewater State University.

Whatever your interests or areas of expertise, you’ll find studio art programs in a range of media at BSU. As a BSU studio art major, you can choose from five studio art degree concentrations through our nationally accredited Department of Art and Art History.

Our studio art bachelor’s degree program will train your eyes, hands and mind, giving you a rich studio experience along with sound design principles, critical thinking skills and new ways of seeing the world to help you create your future in art.

Studio Art Program Highlights

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Make and learn in top-notch art facilities

As a BSU studio art major, you’ll have access to our main art building, which features space for graphic design, painting, drawing, printmaking/book arts, ceramics and jewelry/metals. Plus, we house two additional computer labs in Moakley, dedicated spaces for digital and darkroom photography and more.
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Exciting hands-on opportunities

In addition to your studio art degree courses, as a studio art major, you can work on The Bridge, our annual student art and literary publication; study abroad; visit museums and galleries in Boston and Providence and pursue internships at galleries, museums and photography agencies.
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Learn from artists and historians

As you earn your studio art bachelor’s degree, you’ll learn from nationally and internationally recognized artists and art historians who bring their knowledge and expertise to each of our studio art programs.

Flexible studio art programs to suit your schedule

As a studio art major at BSU, you can take classes full or part time, as well as in person, online, or a blend of the two. We also offer our studio art degree courses in the evenings.

Advising and support you need

Whether you need academic or career advising as you earn your studio art bachelor’s degree, you’ll be paired with a faculty advisor to help you navigate your academic experience, find internships and more.

Small class sizes provide you with big benefits

As you pursue a degree in studio art at BSU, you’ll learn in classrooms with up to 16 students. This will help facilitate more one-on-one time with your instructors, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with fellow studio art majors.

Program of Study for Studio Art Majors

At BSU, you’ll create, explore art history, and learn to think like an artist.

Focus your studio art bachelor’s degree in one of five areas:

  • The art education concentration gives you the skills and expertise used by PreK–12 visual art teachers.
  • The crafts concentration helps you develop and practice skills in ceramics, book arts, metals and more.
  • The fine arts concentration allows you to dive into painting, sculpture and printmaking.
  • The graphic design concentration delves into print design, digital imaging and multi-dimensional design, using a mix of hands-on and virtual design methods.
  • The photography concentration allows you to explore digital photography of today and the darkroom processes of traditional photography.

Click any link below to reveal each program's course detail.

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Program details from 2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Careers in Art

Whether you’d like to use your studio art bachelor’s degree from BSU to become an art teacher, graphic designer or other artistic professional, the skills you gain through our studio art programs may be transferred to many different career fields, no matter which concentration you choose.

BSU graduates with a studio art degree have gone on to graduate school or now work as:

  • Freelance Photographers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Teachers

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Continue your education beyond your Studio Art Degree

If you’re interested in pursuing graduate studies after you complete one of our studio art programs, continue your education at BSU in the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Education, MEd
  • Elementary Education, MEd
  • Visual Arts, MAT