IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Studio Arts

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The Studio Arts program offers the student a flexible and comprehensive course of study leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Through exploration of historical and contemporary art practices, students develop technical and conceptual skills essential for success as professional artists or for graduate studies in a Master of Fine Arts program. Studio work, critical thinking and hands-on instruction by dedicated faculty are combined to foster development of artistic direction. The Studio Arts faculty works one-on-one with students sharing knowledge and challenging them to do their best work.

The four-year curriculum begins with a foundation arts program. These courses provide students with fundamental concepts and hands-on experience needed for continued study for intermediate and advanced level studio.

Foundation courses include:

  • Studio Fundamentals
  • 2D Fundamentals
  • 3D Fundamentals
  • Color Theory and Practice
  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II
  • Figure Drawing

During the sophomore and junior year, students have the opportunity to explore areas of interest by selecting from seven media-specific courses. Each studio course focuses on the medium’s techniques, skills, history, materials, and processes. Students are encouraged to develop a broader understanding of the underlying concepts and ideas behind art making. In the junior year students will spend more time in the studio developing artistic skills needed for personal expression.

Introductory and advanced courses include:

  • Digital Arts
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Jewelry/Metals

Senior Project

This two-semester course provides senior-level students with an opportunity to establish a body of work that demonstrates the culmination of creative research and artistic growth in the BFA Studio Arts program. Students are given individual workspace and are challenged to create work through weekly reviews with two studio arts faculty members. During this year, students participate in two group critiques; the mid-term critique is with a guest critic and the final critique is with the entire studio arts faculty. Students work closely with a full-time studio arts faculty member as their primary advisor in their area of emphasis. Toward the end of the second Senior Project semester, students celebrate their accomplishments by showing their best work in the B.F.A. Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and Primitive Edge Gallery on campus.