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Studio Art and Design Programs

Earn a degree in Studio Art and Design at Rosemont College.

Transform Your Creativity into a Career 

Does your ideal job involve being creative? Or are you passionate about enriching your life and community through art? Take your talent to the next level by joining Rosemont’s Studio Art and Design program, where you’ll develop the expertise you need to become a versatile creative professional with a valuable skill set. 

Because there are many ways to turn your passion for visual arts into a thriving career, our program offers two degrees—a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts with options to concentrate in graphic design, studio art, art therapy preparation, or art teacher certification. 

While all Studio Art and Design majors complete foundational courses in visual fundamentals, drawing, writing, and art history, classes in your chosen concentration will guide you in mastering the skills that lead to success in your future field. 

Multiple Paths to Reach Your Unique Potential 

Our program offers multiple ways to shape your artistic identity with a variety of concentrations.  

PK-12 Art Education Certification (BA): If you’re excited about instilling a lifelong love of learning AND art in the next generation, then becoming an art teacher can be a fulfilling career. To achieve this, you will be trained as both an artist and educator, gaining in-depth knowledge of the fine arts and classroom-management tools you’ll need to effectively teach—and inspire—your students. Due to the number of credits required to complete this program, students typically pair it with a BA. 

Art Therapy Preparation (BFA): Art therapy is a specialized area of mental health that uses artmaking and the creative process to treat individuals with developmental, psychological, medical, or social impairments. Classes in fine arts, developmental and abnormal psychology, and counseling are a strong steppingstone to the graduate-level study required to enter this rewarding field. 

Graphic Design (BFA): Students in this track will build a portfolio to enter the job market as a graphic designer. Students will gain a working knowledge of the industry’s most widely used software and applications as well as skills that are vital to success in this dynamic industry, including learning the Adobe Creative Suite, courses in graphic and web design, animation, digital photography, typography, and more. 

Studio Art (BFA): Being a successful artist takes more than talent. A thorough understanding of various media adds value to your professional brand, and this concentration will introduce you to a wide range of artistic methods—from drawing and painting to printmaking and graphic and web design. In the process, you’ll learn how to critically evaluate your work as well as others’, and how to take advantage of the many career possibilities available in the arts. 

Please note: Those who wish to elevate their degree to a BFA may apply to the program by submitting a portfolio at the start of their sophomore year at Rosemont. If you’re not sure which degree path is right for you, our faculty will assist you in making the choice that best suits your interests. 

Why Study Studio Art and Design at Rosemont? 

Rosemont’s intentionally small class size allows our students to make deep connections to their peers and professors, helping you find your unique voice and expanding your worldview. Our intimate academic environment means that you’ll be an active participant in your learning: contributing to discussions, engaging with different viewpoints, and thinking critically about your own.  

We realize that figuring out your calling is a process, so Studio Art and Design faculty serve as mentors, truly getting to know each student’s talents and ambitions. From discussing the best coursework for your goals to introducing you to career paths you may not have known existed, professors and advisors support you through every step of your academic journey. 

Outside the classroom, the on-campus Patricia M. Nugent Gallery is central to students’ artistic and professional development. Frequent exhibit openings bring accomplished artists to Rosemont, giving students opportunities to ask questions and meet successful people in their future field. Plus, every senior takes part in their own gallery show—an exciting preview of the process and feeling of pride that comes with displaying their work. 

Our location in suburban Philadelphia is yet another fantastic resource. With renowned art museums, studios, and galleries throughout the city and surrounding suburbs, opportunities to land an internship or explore the works of both emerging and legendary artists abound. 

Coursework Examples

  • ARS 0130: Introduction to Watercolor
  • ARS 0170: Publishing Design
  • ARS 0215: Ceramics
  • ARS 0282: Illustration
  • ARS 0476: Web Design 

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Studio Art Faculty

Michael Wilse 
Studio Art, Associate Professor
610.527.0200 x 2357

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