Studio Art Minor

A woman seated in an armchair poses for students in the drawing studio as they sketch the scene.


Students pursuing an Art Minor in Studio Art explore and develop concepts, techniques, materials, methods, and critical aesthetic thinking as applied to any of the traditional fine arts disciplines, including Ceramics, Jewelry Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and/or Sculpture.

The minor is designed to allow students to choose a single focused medium (discipline specific focus) or they may explore a varied range of media (media survey focus).

  • The discipline specific focus encourages a depth of exploration, a deeper development of skill, processes and techniques, and a deeper understanding of the conceptual, cultural and historical considerations relevant to a particular media.
  • The media survey focus allows the student to explore a broader range of traditional fine arts media, while still encouraging some depth within one particular artistic medium.

At least 18 semester credit hours of course work is required of the minor in the Studio Art courses, with at least 6 semester credit hours at the 300 level or higher. Students with a discipline specific focus should meet with an advisor in the discipline after completing 9 hours of the minor to plan course work at the 300 level or higher.

3.0 semester credit hours of Foundation Art course work is required of all Minors. Some 200 level courses have pre-requisite requirements in drawing.


A minimum 2.50 GPA is required for admittance to the minor and is required for all courses in the minor.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for the minor, with at least 6 credit hours at the 300 level of higher.

Take 3 Semester Credit Hours of the following Foundation Art offerings:

ART 102 Color Theory and Practice
ART 103 Creative Practices in New Technology
ART 104 Problem Solving
ART 105 Technical Drawing
ART 111 Design and Composition
ART 121 Observational Drawing

Choose 6-9 credit hours from the following:

ART 106 Introduction to Figure Drawing
ART 215 3D Sculpting
ART 218 3D Shading and Texturing 
ART 221 Intermediate Drawing 1
ART 222 Intermediate Drawing 2
ART 231 Painting I
ART 241 Printmaking I
ART 255 Introduction to Digital Imaging
ART 257 Photography
ART 261 Ceramics I
ART 264 Jewelry Design and Metals I
ART 271 Sculpture I

Choose 6-9 credit hours from the following:

ART 305 3D Character Design
ART 320 Thematic Studio
ART 331 Painting II
ART 332 Painting III
ART 341 Printmaking II
ART 342 Printmaking III
ART 350 Illustration
ART 357 Photography II
ART 358 Photography III
ART 361 Ceramics II
ART 362 Ceramics III
ART 364 Jewelry Design and Metals II
ART 365 Jewelry Design and Metals III
ART 371 Sculpture II
ART 372 Sculpture III
ART 431 Painting IV
ART 432 Painting V
ART 441 Printmaking IV
ART 442 Printmaking V
ART 457 Photography IV
ART 458 Photography V
ART 461 Ceramics IV
ART 462 Ceramics V
ART 464 Jewelry Design and Metals IV
ART 465 Jewelry Design & Metals V
ART 471 Sculpture IV
ART 472 Sculpture V

Total Credit Hours: 18-21

The Miami University Bulletin series is the official source of information about the programs and courses of study offered at Miami University.