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Studio Art

Studio Art

Program Description

Put your creativity to work in a career that lets you express your artistic vision. Many AUM students have gone on to work in their own private studios, but Studio Art also prepares you to work as an art director, illustrator,  forensic artist, museum or gallery director, art restorer, and television and film set designer. In AUM’s Studio Art concentration, you’ll concentrate in Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics, or Photography and learn your craft in small classes under accomplished faculty who are themselves artists. You’ll have the chance to exhibit your own work in a campus gallery and enter local and national competitions.

Studio Art is a concentration in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree.

Points of Pride

  • Dedicated studios: painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography all have their own studio space.
  • State of the art equipment: a new vinyl printer, a new 3-D printer, and a new photography lab with darkrooms, a shooting studio, and digital equipment.
  • Small classes: almost all studio art classes have 20 or fewer students, which means more individual attention for you each student.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Job growth in art and design occupations is projected to be slower than average, growing only 2 percent from 2014 to 2024 and adding 16,700 new jobs to the economy. But there will be a growing need for designers to create visual effects in smartphones and other technologies and to design effective business websites. The latest median annual wage for art and design occupations was $43,100 — higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Graphic designer

$45,900 per year

1% (3,600 more jobs)

Art director

$85,610 per year

2% (1,800 more jobs)

Multimedia artist/animator

$63,630 per year

6% (3,900 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Fine Arts
Auburn University at Montgomery
Goodwyn Hall 107

Soaring Warhawks

  • Kyle Miller earned his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and went to work for BASS Pro as a designer and builder.
  • Jonathon Burdeshaw works as a sculptor in the film industry; his film credits include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Jain Kwak earned her MFA from New York’s Pratt Institute, had a residency (with an artist’s grant) in the Vermont Studio Center Artists Residency Program, and was awarded a residency in the Governors Island Art Fair Artist Residency by 4heads in New York.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Studio Art degree option includes:

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

VISU 2202


Configurational studies in aqueous media on paper.

VISU 3112

Figure Drawing

Figure drawing using various approaches and media.

VISU 3122

Advanced Drawing

Emphasis on creativity and composition; using various media.

VISU 3222

Painting 2

Painting in oil (and/or possibly other media) in abstract and representational imagery (a continuation at the intermediate level of VISU 2212 Beginning Painting).

VISU 3512

Painting 3

Explores intaglio printing as fine art through traditional and contemporary techniques of etching, softground, drypoint, aquatint, and color methods.

VISU 4242

Painting 4

Optional problems and media with emphasis on personal expression.

VISU Elective

Art History (writing intensive)

Choose from any 3000-level writing-intensive Art History course.

VISU 4982

Senior Project

A senior project culminating the Studio or Graphic Design emphasis under the direction of the student's concentration advisor in painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics or graphic design. The student will make a presentation of their artwork for review by the Fine Arts Faculty.