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Studio Art, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Sweet Briar, VA, United States
Studio art students learn to be visually literate as they explore ideas and human thought within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. Students can master a wide range of classic and experimental techniques while incorporating experiences and knowledge from across the campus — and beyond.
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Students take courses across a range of media. In the process of learning to create art, Sweet Briar women learn about the joyous, challenging process of making something important. Sweet Briar offers courses in drawing, sculpture, painting, photography, etching, stone lithography, printmaking and installation.

Sweet Briar’s rigorous capstone experience for studio art seniors is a group exhibition in a Sweet Briar gallery. Much of the artwork for the senior art exhibition is generated for Senior Seminar, a critique forum for majors. The experience incorporates training in all aspects of the students’ senior show — from preparing their work to designing the invitations and collaborating with the catering department. An outside art professor or professional artist attends the exhibition to lead an oral defense and discussion of the students’ work.

Students benefit from Sweet Briar’s partnership with the neighboing Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), an internationally renowned artists’ colony for the visual, literary and performing arts.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Rolling Admission after November 1 (decisions and financial aid notifications mailed on a rolling basis after December 17)

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Studio Art 
  • Two-Dimensional Design 
  • Sculpture: Three-Dimensional Design 
  • Introduction to Digital Photography 
  • Monoprint and Experimental Printmaking 
  • Drawing 
  • Sculpture 
  • Painting
  • History of Photography 
  • Beginning Lithography and Experimental Printmaking 
  • Beginning Relief Printmaking 
  • Photography 
  • Beginning Etching 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed application — Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or online application.
  • Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. 
  • If applicable, a list of current (senior year) grades
  • A general recommendation from either a high school guidance counselor or high school teacher which addresses the applicant’s interests, attitudes and academic abilities
  • A standardized test is required. Sweet Briar accepts either the SAT or ACT. Official scores must be submitted directly to the College.
  • A full credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES) of all non-U.S. high school and college transcripts
  • College Board’s International Student Certification of Finances
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      21420 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 21420 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      21420 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 21420 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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