Studio Art - Drawing

Drawing is a universal practice that helps people make sense of ideas. It also enables architects, engineers and scientists to visualize detailed constructions and microscopic organisms. Beyond that, drawing is a valued skill that enables artists to share their vision of the world in a way the camera can’t capture.

Preparing You For Success

As a studio art major, you dive into the creative process through classes in history and a variety of art forms. While building this foundation, you also take hands-on drawing courses that help you master the medium and develop your creativity.

Each drawing degree is available in three paths — a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. The B.S. and B.A. emphasize a liberal arts background, while the B.F.A. is considered the professional degree. As a result, the B.F.A. provides a studio-intensive experience encouraging focused work on the medium of your choice. If you’re interested in broadening your career options, you can pair drawing with another major or minor.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • Study abroad in London, Rome and other global culture hubs
  • Chances to learn from noted professionals through the Visual Voices lecture series
  • Collaborating across campus and with the community

Making Your Mark

Drawing degrees are good preparation for careers as a studio artist, illustrator, animator, architect, designer, art restorer, fine art printmaker, museum curator or gallery preparator. Recent Bradley graduates are pursuing advanced graduate degrees in painting, drawing and printmaking. Others are working at leading universities around the country and art organizations, such as the Southern Graphics Council.

Major Requirements

Art History Core - 6 hrs.

  • ART 140: Survey of Art History I - 3 hrs.
  • ART 142: Survey of Art History II - 3 hrs.

Art History Elective Courses (choose three) - 9 hrs.

  • ART 243: Non-Western Art - 3 hrs.
  • ART 245: American Art - 3 hrs.
  • ART 332: History of Graphic Design - 3 hrs.
  • ART 335: Medieval Art - 3 hrs.
  • ART 340: Renaissance Art - 3 hrs.
  • ART 350: 17th and 18th Century Art - 3 hrs.
  • ART 360: 19th Century Art - 3 hrs.
  • ART 375: 20th Century Art - 3 hrs.
  • ART 390: History of Photography - 3 hrs.
  • ART 480: Seminar in Art History - 3 hrs.

Studio Core - 19 hrs.

  • ART 101: Drawing I - 3 hrs.
  • ART 102: Drawing II - 3 hrs.
  • ART 105: Two-Dimensional Design - 3 hrs.
  • ART 106: Three-Dimensional Design - 3 hrs.
  • ART 220: Professional Lecture Series - .5 hr.
  • ART 221: Professional Lecture Series - .5 hr.
  • ART 230: Life Drawing - 3 hrs.
  • IM 113: Introduction to Multimedia - 3 hrs.

Studio Courses - 12 hrs.

  • Six studio courses from areas other than the student’s concentration, including at least one from the 2-D areas and at least one from the 3-D areas. 

Studio Electives – 12 hrs.

  • Students are required to take an additional 12 hours of elective art credits from any field of study (including their own).

Concentration Courses - 18 hrs.

  • ART 203: Drawing Studio I - 3 hrs.
  • ART 204: Drawing Studio II - 3 hrs.
  • ART 303: Intermediate Drawing I - 3-6 hrs.
  • ART 304: Intermediate Drawing II - 3-6 hrs.
  • ART 403: Advanced Drawing I - 3-6 hrs.
  • ART 404: Advanced Drawing II - 3-6 hrs.

Professional Orientation/Seminar Courses - 3 hrs.

  • ART 420 - BFA Seminar I - 2 hrs.
  • ART 421 - BFA Seminar II - 1 hr.

Total Hours: 79