Are you an artist in search of an artistic outlet? Join fellow artists in College of Western Idaho's Art Club! We are here to help and enrich and foster your interest for art and personal expression through art.
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Embark on a career in art through foundational studies while expanding your understanding of visual culture and its history. Design, draw, paint, and sculpt your way to an exciting future in the arts. Students will have opportunities to grow as artists and will prepare to make contributions in the arts as professionals. Students can expect to gain the following:
- a strong foundation in the techniques and materials of visual art
- expanded knowledge and understanding of visual culture and its history
- preparation skills to take first steps as an emerging professional artist through portfolio and website development as well as exhibition opportunities
Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree in Studio Art, and fulfills the general education requirements for all Idaho public universities.
Studio Art Capstone Collections
The CWI Studio Art program promotes the development of artistic skills and practice, craftsmanship, and aesthetic discernment. A degree in Studio Art will provide students with a foundational understanding of the history of visual culture, provide opportunities to grow as artists, and prepare them to contribute to their immediate community and the global society through the arts. The program also prepares students who are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in art.
Why This Program
This program prepares you to begin embarking on a career in the arts through foundational studies. It includes an introduction to technical skills and materials used in a range of artistic disciplines as well as opportunities to gain a broad-based understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the arts. Your course of study in Studio Art at CWI culminates in a public exhibition of your work and equips you to take your next steps as an emerging artist.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in 2-D and 3-D methods and materials.
- Synthesize art fundamentals with the understanding of historical and cultural contexts.
- Analyze works of art formally and conceptually using discipline appropriate vocabulary
- Integrate your knowledge, skills, and interpretations of visual culture in order to solve creative problems.
- Create and present a comprehensive portfolio and culminating exhibition.
The CWI Art Club is one of the most active student clubs; it offers students interested in the arts a variety of social and service activities and opportunities for professional development. Created to make local and regional artists part of CWI’s academic experience, the Visiting Artist Program offers lectures and workshops free to the public each semester. Students have a unique opportunity to work in a smaller setting with professional artists.
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Studio Art - Associate of Arts Degree
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar for more information.
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
Did you know you do not necessarily need to take all art classes in consecutive order? ARTS 102 (Art History 2) can be taken before ARTS 101 (Art History 1) in the same way that you do not need to take ARTS 106 after ARTS 105.
Some Studio Art courses require a special course fees in order to cover the cost of supplies.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
With the Studio Art AA degree from CWI students have the opportunity to transfer into the following programs:
Boise State University
B.A. in History of Art and Visual Culture
B.A. in Visual Art
B.F.A. Visual Art with areas of emphasis areas in Art Metals, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Interdisciplinary Art Studio, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
B.F.A. in Graphic Design
B.F.A. in Illustration
University of Idaho
B.F.A. Studio Art & Design
B.S. Virtual Technology & Design
Idaho State University
The College of Idaho
B. A. Art
Northwest Nazarene University
B.A. in Studio Art
B.A. in Graphic Design
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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The path preparing you to work as a professional artist will vary greatly from one job to another and generally consists of a combination of higher education and hands-on experience through an internship program or in-school work experience. For some careers a certificate or associate degree in graphic design, or a related field, may be sufficient. For other positions, a bachelor's or graduate level degree in fine art, art history, or a related field may be necessary. Highly specialized occupations require specialized training. For example, art therapists must complete the academic requirements necessary to become a licensed therapist as well as art-specific education.
Once you have an idea of the type of art career that you are most interested in, you should begin researching the exact educational requirements needed to enter the field. Start by looking for colleges that offer training programs specific to your chosen profession and contact major employers to find out about their hiring criteria for entry level employees. This information will help you make wise decisions about how to properly prepare for the next stage of your career.
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News and Blogs
Studio Art students are getting real-world insight into what life may be like as a professional artist and the steps to get there!
Congratulations to Khanh Dang who won the 2023 Connections Project’s Juried Art Exhibition!
Celebrate the artistic and academic achievements of College of Western Idaho’s 2023 Studio Art graduates at the exhibit, Allusions, through May 7.
College of Western Idaho's Studio Art students are getting real-world insight into what life may be like as a professional artist and the steps to get there!
College of Western Idaho Studio Art student, Caleb Chereji, spends his hours in between classes creating art murals on whiteboards around campus to inspire and make people smile.
Join artist, Kelly Cox, as she discusses as she discusses ceramic sculpture and facilitates a clay hand-building and botanical drawing demonstration.
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