Studio Learning

What is a studio?

A studio is a unique classroom space where students can work with materials, tools, and supplies to create art and design projects in a workshop environment. There is often a critique area for reviews of work in process and a large table for group discussions.

Students painting in a studio

Studio teaching is a unique pedagogical approach to instruction in art and design. The small class size of 15 to 20 students gives you personalized instruction and the opportunity to build your network of friends and colleagues. It involves the class working on an assigned design problem and each individual reviewing and modifying concepts before resolving a final design solution. This is called an iterative process and is a core component of studio teaching. Design thinking is a fundamental element in the creative process and studio instruction provides students with opportunities to develop this skill.

Additionally, advanced undergraduate students (BFAs) and graduate students (MFA/MS) are typically provided dedicated, shared studio spaces where they have individual workspaces and 24-hour access.