Art Studio

Where will creativity take you?   

A studio art degree prepares you for the creative life you plan to live and opens the door to an inventive career full of exploration, critical thinking, and a practice based in hands-on making. Whether working as a studio artist or a creative in the commercial world, your visual and cultural literacy, and skills as a versatile maker and problem solver, make you an ideal talent in a culture driven by art, design, and continuously evolving media platforms. 

Areas of specialization include:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Sculpture / Metal Arts
  • Digital Media / New Media / Intermedia
  • Fiber
  • Installation
  • Painting
  • Printmaking / Printmedia

Ambre Armstrong artwork
Artist: Ambre Armstrong

Undergraduate B.A. & B.F.A.

B.A. Art Studio

If you are interested in an interdisciplinary art degree with a broad foundation in the visual and liberal arts, the Bachelor of Art Studio program may be for you. Combining aspects of contemporary studio practice, art history and other academic and research pursuits, this unique program of study prepares students for a variety of creative and hybrid career paths in the arts and beyond. Coursework across a range of studio disciplines culminates in a group show at the School of Art and Visual Studies’ Bolivar Art Gallery.  

If you are drawn to a deeper specialization in a specific medium, check out our B.F.A. program below.  

Art Therapy Option

To achieve the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in art therapy, in addition to the required hours in art studio for the major, students must take a minimum of 12 hours in psychology. These hours must include coursework in developmental psychology and abnormal psychology. The combination of studio coursework and psychology courses meet the national standards for an undergraduate degree in art therapy set by the American Art Therapy Association and is sufficient to qualify for graduate programs leading to professional careers in art therapy.


B.F.A. Art Studio

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offers students an intensive studio-focused program of study with an emphasis in a selected area of specialization, including painting, fiber, photography, and new media. Students apply to the B.F.A in their second year and are accepted by a portfolio review. At the end of the program, each student organizes a public solo exhibition showcasing their work. 

This degree is a great pathway to an M.F.A.

Graduate M.F.A.

chairsStudents enrolled in the M.F.A. program are encouraged either to explore interdisciplinary practices or to concentrate on a single medium as appropriate to their research goals. 

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art Studio is a three-year terminal degree. An M.F.A. degree enables you to teach at the college level, pursue a commercial career, or work as a practicing artist. 

Admissions

For more information visit the University of Kentucky Graduate School site.

For general information about SA/VS graduate programs and the procedures governing students visit the Student Resources page.

Art Studio Minors

Art Studio

Students from any college may choose to minor in Art Studio. They may choose between a broad-based introduction to studio arts or a more focused concentration in a specific medium such as ceramics, drawing, intermedia, fiber, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. All prospective minors should seek advice from an Art Studio faculty member.  To earn a minor in Art Studio, students must complete the following:

One course from the list below: (3 credit hours)

  • A-S 102 Two-Dimensional Surface
  • A-S 103 Three-Dimensional Form
  • A-S 130 Drawing
  • A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time

One course in Art History (3 credit hours)

At least 12 hours in studio at the 200 level or above (with a minimum of 9 hours at or above the 300 level) (12 credit hours)

Total: 18 credit hours

Only 3 hours from courses taken to fulfill a requirement in another major or minor can be used to meet the requirements of the minor in Art Studio. Students must take at least 9 hours of classes at the 200 level or above from the UK Art Studio program.


Digital Media Design

The minor in Digital Media Design offers University of Kentucky students from all colleges the opportunity to study and practice a broad range of digital applications in the fields of graphic design, video and film production, web design, interactive design and fabrication, and photography. In today’s world, digital proficiency and creativity are highly valued skill sets for a successful career and engaged life. This minor provides students the opportunity to use digital techniques to create customized works and projects that matter to students and to the communities to whom they feel connected. This minor compliments any major at the University of Kentucky, and is easy to incorporate into one's studies.  To earn a minor in Digital Media Design, students must complete the following:

Five courses chosen from: (15 credit hours)

  • A-H 101 Introduction to Visual Studies
  • A-S 280 Introduction to Photographic Literacy
  • A-S 300 Digital Photography
  • A-S 305 Studio Lighting
  • A-S 340 Introduction to Graphic Design, Meaning and Image
  • A-S 341 Graphic Design: Layout
  • A-S 345 Web Design
  • A-S 346 Digital Video
  • A-S 347 Multimedia (Subtitle required)
  • A-S 348 Circuits & Bits: Introduction to Hardware and Software Topics in Art
  • A-S 385 Digital Methods for Photography

A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time (3 credit hours)

Total: 18

Only three hours from courses taken to fulfill a requirement in another major or minor can be used to meet the requirements of the minor in Digital Media and Design. Students must take at least nine hours of classes from the UK Art Studio program.


Photography

Wall of camerasWith over a billion photographs being created everyday, it has never been more important to understand how to make compelling images. The Photography minor offers students an opportunity to study a wide range of technics and approaches, ranging from historic 19th century processes to cutting edge digital, Photoshop, and lighting techniques. In addition to still photography, students can also choose from courses in video and web-based design. The Photography minor compliments course work from a wide variety of majors and will equip students with the skills they need to navigate and create in a world in which we increasingly use images to communicate. Students from any college may choose to minor in Photography. Students select approved courses dealing with the photographic arts from the 19th century to the present. All prospective minors should seek advice from an Art Studio faculty member or advisor. To earn a minor in Photography, students must complete the following:

At least one of the following courses: (3 credit hours)

  • A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time
  • A-S 280 Introduction to Photographic Literacy
  • A-S 300 Digital Photography
  • A-S 380 Black & White Darkroom Photography

Five courses from the following list: (15 credit hours)

  • A-H 101 Introduction to Visual Studies
  • A-H 343 History of Photography
  • A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time
  • A-S 280 Introduction to Photographic Literacy
  • A-S 300 Digital Photography
  • A-S 305 Studio Lighting
  • A-S 345 Web Design
  • A-S 346 Digital Video
  • A-S 380 Black & White Darkroom Photography
  • A-S 381 Advanced Black & White Darkroom Photography
  • A-S 384 Color Photography I
  • A-S 385 Digital Methods for Photography
  • A-S 386 Nonsilver Photography I
  • A-S 480 Professional Practices in Photography
  • A-S 580 Photography III
  • A-S 581 Photography IV
  • A-S 584 Color Photography II
  • A-S 586 Nonsilver Photography II

Total: 18 credit hours

Only three hours from courses taken to fulfill a requirement in another major or minor can be used to meet the requirements of the minor in Photography. Students must take at least nine hours of classes at the 200 level or above from the UK Art Studio program.

Art Studio Faculty

Associate Director of the School of Art and Visual Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of Photography
103 (Assc. Director's Office) OR 302B (Studio), Art & Visual Studies Building
859-257-4013 or 859-257-8151
Part-Time Instructor
Drawing
317 Art & Visual Studies Building
Gallery Director, Lecturer
Curatorial Studies
114A Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Professor
Sculpture
Reynolds Building Metal Arts B-0002
Senior Lecturer
Digital Media Foundations and Graphic Design
313 Art and Visual Studies Building
Assistant Professor
Digital Media and Design
316 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8149
Part-Time Instructor
Printmaking and Photography
Office N/A
Lecturer and Staff Technician
Sculpture
132 Art & Visual Studies Building
Assistant professor
Art Studio & Digital Design
216A Art and Visual Studies Building
Adjunct Professor
Drawing and Printmaking
Art and Visual Studies Building
Part-Time Instructor
Digital Media and Design
315 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Professor
Director of Studio Foundations
310D Art & Visual Studies Building
Part-Time Instructor and Fine Arts Institute Administrator
Photography
317 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Assistant Professor
Fiber Arts
319 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8149
Associate Professor
Photography
302A Art and Visual Studies Building
Visiting Assistant Professor
Art Studio, Foundations, Drawing
SAVS 002A
859-257-8151
Assistant professor
Photography
318A Art & Visual Studies Building
Associate Professor
Art Studio, New Media, Intermedia
314A Art & Visual Studies Building
Associate Professor
Printmaking
312A Art and Visual Studies Building
Part-Time Instructor
Fiber
308D Art and Visual Studies Building
Part-Time Instructor
Digital Media and Design
315 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Assistant professor
Drawing & Digital Illustration
316B Art & Visual Studies Building
Lecturer
Digital Media Foundations, Photography
318 Art and Visual Studies Building
Lecturer
Digital Media
318 Art & Visual Studies Building
Professor
Ceramics
122 Art and Visual Studies Building
Professor
Ceramics
154 Art and Visual Studies Building
Senior Lecturer
Painting & Drawing
310 Art and Visual Studies Building
Senior Lecturer
Photography
309 Art and Visual Studies Building
Associate Professor
Ceramics
126 Art and Visual Studies Building
Associate Professor
Art Intermedia
314 Art and Visual Studies Building
Lecturer
Photography
320 Art & Visual Studies Building
Staff Technician
Art Studio
123G Art and Visual Studies Building
Lecturer
Digital Fabrication & Modeling
Office N/A
Part-Time Instructor
Intermedia
Office Location N/A
Part-Time Instructor
308D Art & Visual Studies Building
Adjunct Professor
Digital Media Design
Office N/A
Assistant Professor
Digital and Print Media
312 Art and Visual Studies Building