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Studio Arts and Technology, BA

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About the Program

The BA in Studio Arts and Technology is a new and innovative undergraduate major offered by the Department of Art and Design. In today’s world the lines between the arts, technology, engineering and the sciences are increasingly blurred. The leaders of tomorrow must possess a solid foundation in the traditional arts as well as expertise in new technologies and innovative ways of thinking. The Studio Arts and Technology degree builds on Purdue’s reputation as a leader in technology and its emerging voice as an innovator in the Arts. Today’s artist must be well versed in one’s discipline but also possess the tools to be able to reach a fast paced, computer and media based culture. Studio Arts and Technology gives you those tools. Students entering the program have a wide range of options open to them in selecting courses and designing their program. From painting, drawing printmaking, textiles and ceramics to Robotic Art, Digital Media, Video Art and New Media Culture, the program speaks a contemporary language while still building on the great traditions in art.

Students graduating in Studio Arts and Technology may move into professional careers in web design, advertising, multimedia production, filmmaking and video production, illustration, computer animation, museum and curatorial positions. Students may also choose to go on to graduate school in a variety of artistic and technological disciplines. The program is interdisciplinary in scope combining the practical tools students need for a successful career in the arts today.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Studio Arts and Technology  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Art Studies-BA
120 Credits

Studio Arts & Technology Requirements (45 credits)

Requirements for the Concentration

B. Art History courses (6 credits)

C. Studio Arts and Technology Core (9 credits)

Three of the following courses in Studio Arts & Technology Core. Only one of the three courses can be in your Area of Concentration.

D. Portfolio Assessment (required, no credit)

E. Studio Arts and Technology Areas of Concentration (15 credits)

Four (4) courses in Fine Arts, Electronic & Time-Based Art, or Photography & Related Media, plus one (1) course in any other area.


*Seniors graduating in August or December must participate in the spring semester prior to their graduation.

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 - 56 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

Electives (22 - 24 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

15-16 Credits

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

  • AD REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • AD REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Individual & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Portfolio Assessment - Credit Hours: 0.00

15-16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • AD REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • AD REQ E - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • AD REQ E - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial & Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • AD REQ E - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • AD REQ E - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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