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Studio Art Major
  • Program

    Capital offers five distinct academic programs for the art major that lead to a bachelor of arts degree. Students may choose to major in studio art or art therapy, and can earn teaching certifi­cation for elementary and/or secondary education. An art therapy minor is available for studio art and art education majors.

    Program flexibility enables Capital students to complete off-campus internships in such areas as interior design or commercial art. Students have worked for state agencies, advertising agencies and print shops.

    Advanced standing in art is possible through portfolio ex­amination of work completed independently or at another institution. Students are encouraged to participate in local competitions. A student exhibit is held each year in The Schumacher Gallery.

    Capital University faculty members stress individual guid­ance and instruction. Each instructor in the art depart­ment is a practicing artist, and is competent in art history and art education. Artists in residence and visiting lecturers add enrichment to department offerings throughout the year.

    Course requirements, a complete listing of courses and an explanation of our general education requirements can be found in our online course bulletin.

    Careers and Placement

    Capital's graduates have obtained positions in such professional areas as teaching in public and private schools, working as professional studio artists and serving as art therapists. Many have prepared for graduate study in studio art, art history, art therapy, art education and arts administration.


    At Capital, the art department has a single purpose—to develop proficient and creative students in the fine arts within the scope of a liberal arts education.
    Supplementing the studio areas are art exhibits in Capital's Schumacher Gallery. In addition to its extensive collection of original paintings and sculpture, the gallery hosts travel­ing exhibits and a variety of creative programs. Students are encouraged to attend gallery receptions where they can meet informally with artists and others who share an interest in art.
    Since Capital University is located in a metropolitan set­ting, students also have other art facilities such as local galleries, museums and noted environmental art at their disposal, all within minutes of campus.

    What are they doing now?

    Here's what some of Capital's fine arts alumni are doing now:

    • Director of Psychology
    • Commercial Artist
    • Managing Editor
    • Pastor
    • Art Therapist
    • Industrial Hygienist
    • Senior Medical Technologist
    • Gallery Director

    They're working at organizations like:

    • Central Virginia Training Center
    • International Technology, Inc.
    • Professional Minor League Baseball
    • American Greetings Corporation
    • AAA Today Magazine
    • Riverside Recovery Center for Youth Choices
    • City of Columbus