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Major in Studio Art, Art History

Wright MuseumThe department of art and art history offers two concentrations for its majors: studio art and art history. The purpose of each is to lead students to a liberal arts education in the visual arts, certification for teaching, graduate school studies, or for employment in the arts and related fields. Studio courses provide conceptual, procedural, and a process oriented approach to making art. Art history is taught with emphasis on the connection between art and society.

The Majors

Students interested in a major in the visual arts can concentrate in studio art or art history. The studio art major include a core of foundation courses such as two and three dimensional design, drawing and design, and art history surveys. The advanced studio course work includes more computer generated art, drawing, fibers, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and special topics in a variety of media. Majors in art also take three courses in art history and present a senior exhibition of their studio work during their last semester at Beloit. Periodically, specialized media courses, such as collaborative art, collage, film, performance art, and video art are also offered.

The specialty in art history requires a minimum of eight art history courses and one studio art course. Additionally, one year of college-level foreign language is required for art history majors. Course work is available on a broad variety of topics and themes. Junior and senior seminars in studio art expect students to organize and install exhibitions, as well as discuss portfolio presentation, documentation, and current issues in contemporary art.

An interdisciplinary minor in museum studies, co-sponsored by the art and anthropology departments and museum staff, takes full advantage of Beloit's two fine museums. 

Professional Exploration

Beloit College offers internship programs that allow students to learn by doing. Students in the art history program may have internships at major museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago; galleries in the Chicago area; and auction and publishing houses. Beloit College students can also study in Florence and London or spend a semester studying and practicing their craft in Chicago. 


Beloit College graduates in art-related careers include a World's Fair exhibit designer; a cartoonist for The New Yorker; a network film animator; advertising executives; a conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago; stained glass artists; an art critic with the Milwaukee Journal and Artweek; a calligrapher who taught at the Cloisters and has done numerous ads for the New York Times; a director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and an owner and operator of a prestigious paper mill. Likewise, Beloit art history majors have found positions in museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the St. Louis Art Museum.

Beloit graduates are not limited to art as a professional field. Two Beloit art majors have also become the presidents of Pepsi and Koss Electronics, while others are now bankers, brewing chemists, developers, doctors, and lawyers.