Description and Goal

The B.A. in Studio Arts provides a broad conceptual and formal foundation in the fundamental principles of art and design within a liberal arts education. Students develop visual and cultural literacies through: individual artistic, creative, and theoretical exploration; art-historical, exhibition-oriented, and curatorial endeavors; interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial engagements; and a social justice-oriented lens.

The goal of the Studio Arts BA program is to encourage individual creative exploration and to develop student understanding of artistic and cultural expression.

Using the creative landscape of Los Angeles, the programs in studio arts provide a student-focused art and design education which prepares them for careers and/or graduate studies in the fine arts, graphic design, multimedia arts, and art education disciplines.


The philosophy of the Department rests on the premise that its students should receive a broad education that combines creativity and scholarly study. The foremost objective of the majors offered in the Department of Art and Art History is to prepare students intellectually and professionally for a career in Studio Arts and Art History and/or graduate studies. Courses offered to undergraduate majors and non-majors stress the cultural value of the visual arts. The pedagogy aligns with the university’s new initiative of DEI and anti-racism, highlights the strengths, and is consistent with LMU’s branding slogan, “Create the World You Want to Live In.”

General Information

Students in Studio Arts (STAR) are expected to engage in studio work in addition to scheduled class time. Most studios are open to enrolled students outside of class time on a 24-hour basis. For studio classes, students should anticipate a minimum of three hours of outside of studio work per unit each week.


  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) must be obtained in the major requirements.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or the Consent of the Chair is required for changing a major into the department.

B.A in Studio Arts (STAR)

A total number of 50 semester hours for the Studio Arts major. Studio Arts majors are not required to declare a concentration. Students, however, can apply for the BFA at the end of the first year if they want to pursue a specialized degree.