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Studio Art

Studio Art Cougar Map

The Cougar Map is intended to guide you with suggestions for potential activities and career paths that can help you along your educational journey. Although everyone has different abilities, experiences and challenges, this Cougar Map can be used with the help of your advisors to prepare for the future you want with a clear vision of your college-to-career pathway. Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog and academic planning resources for detailed degree requirements.

Sharpen intellectual and practical skills First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
  • Media technique development
  • Art interpretation
  • Artistic development and packaging skills
  • Foundational language of 2D and 3D design
  • Media technique development
  • Art interpretation and contextualization
  • Media technique
  • Cultural and historical art analysis
  • Public speaking
  • Persuasion
  • Written communication
  • Refined artistic skills
Engage with key resources on campus

Visit the Learning Center to find tutors in areas in which you may be struggling.

Apply for Art Department scholarships.

Identify three hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for first-year portfolio review due in January.

Utilize the HUB and Center for Instructional Design and Technology (CIDAT).

Apply for Art Department scholarships.

Identify six to nine hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for sophomore portfolio review due in January.

Apply for Art Department scholarships exclusively for SXU students.

Talk with faculty about future career or graduate school plans

Identify nine to 12 hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for junior portfolio due in January and a project proposal for April.

Visit Career Services to create a job search plan.

Attend local and SXU alumni networking events to connect with professionals.

Identify 12 hours of studio time.

Assemble a representative portfolio of professional quality work.

Prepare for the Senior Thesis Exhibition.

Explore your global and social responsibility through leadership and service

Enroll in Cougars LEAD to track all your co-curricular involvement.

Join service clubs and attend campus events featured on The Den.

In the spring, apply for X-Factor Leadership opportunities.

Consider applying for X-Factor leadership opportunities.

Participate in a Spring Break Service Trip.

Become a leader/board member in a registered student organization.

Volunteer at organizations to utilize your art skills to help others or contribute to a cause.

Complete the Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate program by creating a capstone leadership or service project.

Look for opportunities to design and plan creative events on or off campus.

Consult with Campus Ministry to find local service opportunities.

Explore potential career opportunities and pre-professional experiences

Apply for on-campus employment or look for part-time jobs in the area to build your resume.

Research art-related careers.

Apply for art-related campus jobs in areas such as University Relations, Production Services, the SXU Gallery and the Visual Arts Center.

Explore internships at places like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beverly Arts Center, Art Institute of Chicago and Solutions 3 Graphics.

Explore entry-level full-time opportunities related to your skills.

Attend the fall and spring SXU Internship and Job Fairs.

Plan for productive and meaningful summers

Create a CourseNetworking portfolio to build your professional profile.

Complete your Handshake profile to apply for on-campus jobs.

Establish your LinkedIn profile to connect with fellow students, staff members and faculty.

Develop summer studio practice.

Apply for summer internships that offer relevant experience.

Research scholarships exclusively for SXU art students.

Expand summer studio practice.

Apply for summer internships that offer advanced skills and experiences.

Participate in art exhibitions and competitions.

Begin producing the senior seminar project.

Take advantage of internships and other preprofessional opportunities.

Participate in art exhibitions and competitions.