Immerse yourself in the study of art
Students in the Art program at St. Edward's University have opportunities to explore the world of art while developing a core foundation of knowledge in design, drawing and art history.
Work with professors whose expertise will help you to grow creatively and become a more fine-tuned professional. You'll work one-on-one with a professor to build a portfolio of work which will showcase your ability to employers and graduate schools.
The Art program at St. Edward's allows you to:
- Have the freedom to discover your own style
- Learn to critique your own work
- Gain direct experience in exhibition design and installation
- Experiment with various mediums
- Develop a portfolio and publicly exhibit your work
Students have unique opportunities to immerse themselves in visual culture because of the proximity of St. Edward's to Austin's vibrant art scene. Through the programming of the Fine Arts Gallery and unique course offerings, student are exposed to a variety of visiting artists and lecturers, exciting exhibitions on campus and exhibits and events in the local arts community.
Many students select this degree to prepare for a career in the arts or graduate study in studio art, art education, art history and curatorial studies.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Art, you’ll have the practical and professional experience needed for many creative fields. Recent graduates have also earned grants for artistic projects and been accepted to studio residency programs.
Art majors work in many different fields, such as:
- Marketing and advertising
- Exhibition design
- Publishing and illustrating
- Art therapy
- Arts administration
- Film, theater and television
- Art criticism
- Museums and galleries
Examples of roles Art students take include:
- Children's storybook artist
- Art supplies sales representative
- Comic book artist
- Fashion designer
- Admissions counselor at an art school
- Costume designer
- Stage design
- Gallery or museum curator
- Teaching art to young learners
- Earning an advanced degree to teach at the college level
- Editorial cartoonist
- Video game design
- Exhibiting artwork in a local, regional or national gallery
Outside the Classroom
Student opportunities include:
- Annual field trips to major museums and art events around the state
- The Fine Arts Exhibition program and the Visiting Artist program expose students to a variety of art and artists from the region and beyond
- Networking with visiting artists
- Internship opportunities in the Austin area
- Opportunities for student exhibitions
- Study abroad
On Campus Projects
Students may also participate in art projects on campus. For example, six students in an installation art class with professor Alexandra Robinson created an interactive art installation for high-school students visiting campus.
St. Edward's University brings in artists to further enhance students' experience by exposing them to high-quality art and individuals who are active in the field.
Past visiting artists include:
- Turkish American artist Tulu Bayar
- David Mack, artist and writer for Marvel Comics®
- New York sculptor and photographer, Robert Hite
- Artist-activists Robert Shetterly and Lily Yeh
Our internship program acquaints junior and senior-level students with the practical experience of engaging with artists who work in studios and art professionals, gallerists and curators in the workplace.
Meet the Faculty
Our distinguished faculty members are scholar-practitioners with years of experience and creative passions of their own. They stay active in their fields and bring their expertise to the classroom. The Art program faculty have submitted works of art for exhibition and national awards.
"I teach my students by providing context to the world of art — from the availability of materials to market strategies, from the voice of the individual to the goals of society. I encourage young people to study with these much larger issues in mind. However, I also believe that the study of art must come back to the object itself."
— Mary K. Brantl, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History
"Beyond providing young people with technical know-how, I hope to open their minds to new ideas and successful approaches to problem solving, brainstorming techniques and experimenting without reservation."
— Hollis Hammonds, Associate Professor of Art
"I encourage them to seek opportunities that challenge them artistically, both in and outside of the classroom. This reinforcement of their talent makes a precious connection between theory and practice."
— Alexandra Robinson, Assistant Professor of Art
About the Minor
Students who wish to earn an Art minor must take the following coursework, totaling 24 hours, with at least 9 hours of upper-division coursework.
- Foundation Art and Design
- Drawing I
- Clay I
- Art History I or Art History II
Students select four elective courses, with at least one elective in Art History I, Art History II, Drawing II or Watercolor I.
For more information about applicable coursework, please consult the undergraduate bulletin.