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How to Declare a Studio Art Major

Studio Art majors study 2-D and 3-D techniques for creating their own works.

Step 1: What If? Degree Evaluation

If you plan to major Studio Art, first go to W&M's Degreeworks, and log in. On the left-hand menu, select "What If?" and run an evaluation on your intended major. This will tell you what requirements you have already fulfilled and what you still have left to do.

If you plan to double-major or minor, add that to your evaluation. Play with the requirements you have yet to fulfill and the other courses you want to take. Try and figure out how they will fit in your schedule over the next couple of years. Are your plans manageable based on the time you have left at W&M? Don't forget to add in time for study abroad or independent research.

Step 2: Forms

Print out the appropriate Worksheet for Studio Art Concentrators (pre-Fall 2021 or effective Fall 2021) and the Declaration of Major form [pdf]. Read over the forms and consider courses that you want to take in the future. Bring this list with you to your advisor meeting and your advisor will fill in the information with you. The W&M's Declaration of Major form is required by the Registrar's Office, while the Worksheet for Studio Art Concentrators is a tool that clearly spells out our requirements and suggestions.

Step 3: Find and meet with your major advisor.

Your major advisor will help you select courses for your major. You may choose any Studio Art professor to be your major advisor. Contact your prospective advisor and set up an advising appointment. Make arrangements to meet with your major advisor at least once a semester.

Step 4: Sign and turn in your forms

Both you and your major advisor will sign the Declaration of Major form. You will then turn in the form to the Art & Art History department office. We will then forward your form to the Registrar's Office and add your name to the department's email list for majors so you can be aware of other opportunities.

Now it's official! You're concentrating your major in Studio Art! Enjoy!