Studio Art

The studio art degree program at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, introduces students to the fundamentals through courses in drawing, design, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and art history.

Art majors select an area of specialization in one of the studio disciplines. The major culminates in a capstone course in which seniors learn to craft a portfolio and, under the personal guidance of a professor, make a final, original body of artwork.

The Shearer Art Building, named for Transylvania’s former president, provides an abundance of natural light and includes numerous specialty spaces for such functions as canvas frame and stretcher building, plaster and clay mixing for sculpture and ceramics, and light and backdrop staging for photography. Glaze and raku kilns for firing ceramic work are located outdoors adjacent to the building.

Faculty studios near the classrooms create an easy transition from theory to application and provide students with access to their instructors in a productive, professional context. Art faculty members maintain an active, high profile in regional and national arenas and openly share these experiences with students.

Where Our Graduates Have Worked

American University
East Carolina University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Royal Academy of London
San Francisco Art Institute
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Stony Brook University
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Delaware
University of Edinburgh
University of Michigan
University of Oregon School of Architecture
University of West Virginia
Xavier University

Possible Career Options

Architectural artist
Art conservationist
Art therapist
Arts administrator
City Planner
Gallery Owner
Graphic Designer
Historic preservationist
Interior designer
Museum curator
Social worker

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

Australia I
Australia II
Czech Republic
England I
England II
New Zealand

These GlobalTransy programs have at least two courses related to the major.

Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.


Zoé Strecker Associate Professor of Art;
Program Director

(859) 233-8115

Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

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