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Studio Art

Do you enjoy painting and drawing, or building three-dimensional works of art, using clay, metal, wood, or found materials? Perhaps you are a photographer, exploring the transition from chemical to digital methods. You may be thinking of applying your creative skills to a career in publishing, advertising, or some other aspect of the graphic design profession. Is jewelry design your passion?

At Southern, studio art majors select a concentration in the fine or applied arts. Studio facilities for ceramics, graphic design, jewelry and metals, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture are designed so that students can explore their ideas in a safe and supportive environment.

Art History

It may be the history of art, and the complexities of its existence over time and across cultures, that fascinate you. Perhaps you're looking forward to graduate study in art history, to pursue research, writing, or teaching.

Southern is the only campus in the CSU system offering an art history major. Students can immerse themselves in the theory and traditions of art, to begin preparing for careers with museums or art galleries, or in the fields of art appraisal or art conservation.

Art Education

Your love of art may be expressed not only by making art, but in sharing your enthusiasm through teaching young people. If so, you may be planning to obtain K-12 initial educator certification to launch your career as a teacher. Our Art Education program is also here for you once you've begun teaching. We offer a program of graduate study that leads to the M.S. in art education.

In the Art Department at Southern, we can nurture your vision and ambition, and help you to develop and refine the professional skills you will need to navigate the contemporary art world.

Art Department
Earl Hall 111B
Art Department Phone: (203) 392-6652
Fax: (203) 392-6658