Studio Concentrations

Students who successfully complete this program will:

  • Develop proficiency in tools and techniques conducive to a professional art practice.
  • Cultivate excellent observation skills as well as a strong understanding of art and design principles.
  • Create a cohesive body of work that is well considered and conceptually rigorous.
  • Employ a vocabulary for critique and presentation.

Degree Requirements

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Shawnee State has an excellent concentration in Ceramics, affording strong foundations in both functional and sculptural techniques leading to the more individualized approaches suitable for gallery, graduate school, and/or commercial production experiences. The program features a fully equipped studio suite of six rooms, including computer controlled gas and electric kilns and electric wheels.


Drawing is the heart of all the visual arts, the most direct and fundamental indicator of visual literacy in any medium. Through a broad spectrum of drawing materials and approaches, we encourage high levels of achievement in this core discipline as the basis for enhanced perceptual awareness and more fully informed studio work.


Illustration is the act of creating an image to promote, enhance, or explain a concept or story such as a book, movie, game, or any other narrative or conceptual product. Illustration utilizes both traditional and digital studio practices.


Painting is a core discipline with a rich history. Both representational and nonobjective approaches in a variety of painting media are explored to equip students with both the technical skills and creative vision required for an authoritative body of work. Our third floor Waller Painting Suite has 25-foot high north facing windows and an additional outdoor area for good weather painting.


Photography is devoted to educating new artists in a contemporary world where photographic imagery and new representations of media inform and define our everyday experiences. Photographs cross boundaries between cultures, arts and individual personalities. Our program attempts to encourage development of the student through a range of courses from basic to advanced, historical to contemporary, analog to digital, and an array of critical concerns. Students will grow through technical and creative allocations, and various technologies that have redefined photographic imaging in the 21st century.

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