Art Studio

Art Studio


Art Studio includes ceramics, drawing, fiber/fabrics, inter and mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students in the program investigate the function of art and the relationships between art, culture, artist, and audience. 

Art Studio is the professional undergraduate art degree at Western. Students learn to create, interpret, analyze, and make informed judgments about art, studio concepts, and practices. Art studio classes are designed to familiarize students with the principles that shape and inform visual literacy and expression through a variety of practices in art making.  

The goal of the Studio Art, BFA is to continue beyond the Art, BA degree and learn to create, interpret, analyze, and make informed judgments about art, studio concepts and practices at an advanced level. 

Western’s Art Department is part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Kelly Hanabusa
Art Studio Student
Photo of Kelly Hanabusa

 “Being an artist allows me to see the world and create my own interpretation of it in whatever form I want it to be. I love manipulating materials to give art a whole other dimensionality and meaning for people to consider. With art, the possibilities are endless.” 

Beyond the Classroom

Art students have unique opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience for a future career in the art world. Students play an active role in the operations of Western’s three galleries, including the Western Gallery and two student run galleries — the VU and the B Gallery. Faculty assist students in handling and installing artworks, learning and expanding research skills, or improving critical analysis and essay-writing abilities. The Art Faculty encourage students to explore the academic world through research assistantships — an invaluable experience for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the field.  

The Western Washington University Department of Art offers many opportunities to travel abroad and domestically. Students participate in unique, life-changing encounters with art and art history. 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Notable Alumni: 

  • Robert McCauley: NEA fellowship recipient and professional painter 

  • Eugenie Tung: Head teacher for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Education Program


Sample Jobs

  • Art Educator 
  • Exhibiting Artist 
  • Exhibit Designer 
  • Gallery Director 
  • Photographer 
  • Curator

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.