Studio Concentration in Art and Design

Studio Concentration in Art and Design

How many hours are required for a studio concentration in Art & Design?

A Studio Concentration in Art and Design requires 42 hours, including:

  • 9 hrs. Art History – ARTD 1109, 1110, 1111 or an Art History elective
  • 9 hrs. Foundation Core – ARTD 1151, 1152, 1153
    These courses should be taken during the first-year/sophomore year as they are prerequisites for all studio courses.
  • 12 hrs.Introductory Studio Courses: One course from each of the following studio disciplines:
    Painting or Drawing
    Graphic Design or Printmaking
    Photography
    Ceramics or Sculpture
  • 9 hrs. Major Concentration – Three additional courses in one of the above disciplines.
  • 3 Studio Concentration – ARTD 3351, 3352 (may be repeated for up to 12 hrs. credit)

42 Total hours

Studio Concentration in Art and DesignHow is success measured in an Art & Design concentration?

  • Completion of each concentration course with a grade of C or better
  • exemplary completion of assignments and independent study
  • presentation of work in scheduled critiques
  • participation in a Sophomore Portfolio Review and an Exit or Senior Exhibition of work done in the student's studio discipline.

What if I want to concentrate in the area of ceramics and sculpture?
The ceramics and sculpture area allows students to work in a variety of styles and techniques that include 

  • handbuilt and wheelthrown pottery
  • figurative ceramic sculpture
  • wood, and other 3D mixed media

Small class sizes create a relaxed setting for the students to work in and allows for more individualized faculty instruction.

How would you describe LaGrange's art facilities regarding ceramics and sculpture?
Located within the Lamar Dodd Art Center, art department facilities support a broad range of construction techniques and firing options. We offer semiprivate studios for art majors and an ever expanding equipment inventory that includes:

  • Wi-Fi supported classroom
  • 18 electric wheels
  • slab rollers
  • clay extruders
  • clay mixer
  • glaze spray booth
  • computer controlled electric kilns
  • raku kiln
  • high fire reduction kiln
  • high fire soda kiln
  • wood-working and welding equipment

And after graduation?
LaGrange ceramics students have continued their artistic endeavors in private studios, graduate programs, teaching and business.

What if I want to concentrate in Drawing & Painting?
Through coursework in acrylic and oil painting, drawing, life drawing and other courses exploring drawing and painting media, technique and explorations of personal creative imagery, students learn to think, communicate and solve problems visually.

The facilities for the Drawing and Painting area include large, open classrooms and private studios for majors.

What have these students done after graduation?

Students graduating with concentrations in Drawing and Painting have gone on to graduate schools, have become studio artists, pursued careers in fields such as art education, interior design, costume and theater design, museum work and illustration.

Does LaGrange offer a Art & Design major with a concentration in Photography?
Yes. A major in Art and Design with a concentration in Photography includes coursework in fine art photography, studio photography and photographic design.

Are photography facilities well-equipped?
Facilities include:

  • studio for class critiques and discussion
  • Mac computer lab equipped with Epson printers
  • Mac computers and the Adobe Creative Suite
  • lighting studio
  • traditional darkroom for printing 35 mm to 8 x 10 inch negatives using condenser, cold light, and variable contrast enlargers

Courses of study include basic photography, photographic design, photographic documentation, studio large format photography and digital photography. An internship in commercial, advertising photography or photojournalism is available for the interested qualified advanced student.

What have students with a Photography concentration done after graduation?
The Photography concentration is structured to bridge technical and aesthetic awareness with the student's development as an expressive artist. Our graduates have gone on to graduate school; some have become fine art photographers, while others are teaching, doing commercial work for industry and in photojournalism.

What if I want to concentrate in the area of Graphic Design?
The Graphic Design concentration offers the student a strong foundation in the areas of design, typography, print layout, graphic design concepts, logos and the fundamentals of web design within a liberal arts community. Students develop computer skills in our up-to-date Mac lab using Adobe Creative Suite software, primarily Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver. Small classes encourage students to develop their skills with close faculty instruction and strong student interaction.

What career opportunities are available to me in the field of graphic design?
Students who concentrate in Graphic Design often either concentrate in another art area or double major or minor in other fields such as Business and Computer Science. Advanced students are encouraged to pursue internships in the design field. Our students have graduated and continued on with graduate studies, careers in graphic design and textile design, and have become teachers.