Art Model Programs
Model Program List
Students should refer to the model program that was in effect for the year and term of their entrance to the College.
As a freshman in the Art Department, you take introductory studios in all six media areas. The focus is on skill building, and as you broaden your experience you’ll begin to stretch your awareness and develop experiential knowledge of which media are best suited to your ideas and interests.
As a sophomore, you explore several mediums more deeply in preparation for your Second Year Review and the selection of two areas of concentration for your junior year. In the spring semester, at the mid-point of your four years, you engage in an all-faculty review of your artistic and academic progress.
Your junior year is built around advanced studio intensives in the media area(s) of your choice. You explore how your areas of interest inform and influence each other. Each Spring, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to compete in the Art Department Merit Scholarship Exhibition and the Roll Call Exhibition. Both provide an opportunity for exceptional students to exhibit their work. Faculty selects the recipients for scholarship funding.
Your senior year provides the experience of intense focus and creative exploration in your own Senior Studio. You work in a personal studio space, learning to prioritize your time around making work. You are developing a practice of making art without assignments, outside of the classroom structure.
You also meet with a committee of selected faculty on a weekly basis to discuss your development of a cohesive body of work. In Professional Art Practices and BFA Seminar you learn to write grants, negotiate a gallery contract, document your work, create a website, and learn industry standards for exhibition lighting and installation. Your education culminates in the BFA Exhibition, one of Seattle’s most-anticipated art events.