Student assessing work in Graphic Design class
Student assessing work in Graphic Design class (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Majoring in Studio Art

Feb 23, 2021
Sydney Hencil

The first time junior Studio Art major Robert Laws saw his art featured at the High Museum of Art, he was speechless.  “It is not something you can describe in words.  I felt accomplished but I also realized that I needed to work on my art more,” he said with a smile as he looked back on the first time his art was featured.  He called the piece “Cat of the Sunne.” 

“Cat of the Sunne” by Studio Art major Robert Laws
“Cat of the Sunne” by Studio Art major Robert Laws

Studio Art is a fine arts program offered in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities here at Brenau University.  Students in the program receive a strong foundation in elements and principles of design and can select from the following concentrations:

  • Graphic and Digital Arts
  • Drawing and/or Painting
  • Sculpture and/or Ceramics
  • Museum Studies
  • Art History

The concentration is chosen within the first year which allows students to hone their specific skills from the beginning of their studies.  The studio classes emphasize project-based learning as well as critique, giving students the skills to critically assess and discuss their work and the work of others.

“The professors here are really great.  I have been able to really work on my own art style as well as learn other techniques which have allowed me to improve,” said Laws who prefers the more manga and anime style of art.

Students are also granted the opportunity to professionally develop their skills through outside consultants, guest speakers and field trips to renown sites, practicums and internships.  This includes juried exhibitions and shows at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and in the annual student collaborative exhibition held in conjunction with the Brenau Galleries.

Through studying studio art, one can get a job with in the following fields:

  • Animator
  • Art director
  • Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Photographer
  • Curator
  • Museum worker

When Robert graduates, he plans on being a character designer for games and comic book companies.  “Animation is a fascinating thing.  I hope to be the one creating famous characters one day,” Laws said.

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