The Bachelor of Arts in Art at St. Edward’s gives creative students an inspiring and supportive environment to pursue their passion for the visual arts. Explore your talent — bring canvases to life, sketch intricate portraits, craft bold woodblock prints or create clay sculptures that reflect your unique vision of the world.
As an art major you will participate in annual field trips, exhibit your own work and network with visiting artists. Past guests include David Mack, artist and writer for Marvel Comics®, and New York sculptor and photographer, Robert Hite.
Bachelor of Arts in Art
As a BA in Art major, you’ll start with a strong foundation in design, drawing and art history. From there, you’ll experiment with varied mediums to expand your horizons and understand artistic creation from other perspectives. You’ll gain the technical knowledge to master your chosen art form — with the freedom to discover your own style. As you develop your portfolio, you’ll receive one-on-one guidance from your professors. And you’ll learn to turn a more critical eye to your own work by participating in peer reviews.
Many students select this degree to cultivate their artistic talent and prepare for a career in the arts or for graduate study in studio art, art education, art history or curatorial studies. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about career and graduate school options.
With a BA in Art, you’ll have the practical and professional experience to be prepared for many creative fields. Many students go on to exhibit their artwork in local, regional and national galleries. Some graduates work in the non-profit art community. Others work as curators in galleries or museums. Some choose to teach art to young learners, while others earn advanced degrees to teach at the college level. Recent graduates have earned grants for artistic projects and been accepted to studio residency programs.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Art majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in art complete core courses, which include Design, Drawing, Art History, Painting, Ceramic Sculpture, Life Drawing, Printmaking, Art Exhibition Techniques and Portfolio Review.
BA in Art majors complete supporting courses, which could include the history of art from different eras and cultures or advanced courses in Clay, Drawing, Painting or Printmaking. Students are encouraged to complete an art-related internship.
Students engage in activities that extend beyond the confines of the art world. In the Environmental Art class, students learn how art can have a positive impact on the environment while they work with local non-profit organizations like Austin Green Art and the Wild Basin Nature Preserve. Students in the Art in Public Spaces class also engage in questions of responsibility as they create artworks that are placed in the Austin community.
SENIOR ART EXHIBITION
Each spring, graduating seniors create a unique body of work based on their individual interests and research, to be showcased in the Senior Art Exhibition. The Exhibition reflects not only the skills developed in studio art but also the knowledge gained from a liberal arts education. Student research is wide-ranging. From detailed etchings of sea specimens to functional clay pottery to large-scale figurative paintings, the resulting display is diverse in media, style and content.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Art.
Art majors are encouraged to complete at least one internship in the local art community, including galleries, museums and nonprofit arts organizations. Internships are excellent opportunities to learn new skills, explore your passions, and collaborate and network with professionals. Internship experiences are an outstanding addition to your résumé and provide a distinct advantage in the business world and for graduate school.
Our students have pursued internships with organizations such as these:
- Arthouse at the Jones Center
- Austin Museum of Art
- Austin Visual Arts Association
- Mexic-Arte Museum
Art students have many opportunities for creative research and expression. Some students have drawn comic strips for Hilltop Views newspaper; others have been published in the award-winning Sorin Oak Review literary journal and the student academic journal Arete. Many students participate in the Student Juried Exhibition.
Each year, art students can apply to present a creative project at the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) at St. Edward’s University. Students have also exhibited their works, presented poster sessions and participated in iron pours at art conferences, including the annual Texas Association of Schools of Art (TASA) conference. Many students apply for artist residencies and juried exhibitions outside of the Austin region.