Studio Arts

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)
Student working on pottery project

About this program

You can’t contain the spirit of imagination. And we’re not here to stop you. Explore your creativity with a degree in Studio Arts. This associate degree program lays a foundation in studio arts and is designed for those planning to transfer to institutions specializing in fine arts and other related majors.

Small Class Sizes = Big Advantage

Diverse Class Offerings

Unparalleled Foundation  Focused on Formal Design Principles



In this popular art elective course, you'll explore basic hand-building and wheel techniques. Learn about several clay bodies and firing processes and study the development of surface treatments. 

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At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Visual Literacy for Designers (ART107)
  • Drawing (ART180)
  • Two-Dimensional Design (ART102)
  • Design and Color (ART109)
  • Digital Photography (PHO150)
  • Painting (ART122)
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design (ART202)
  • Art History: Ancient through 15th Century (ART125) or
  • Art History: 16th through 20th Centuries (ART135)
  • Directed Elective - Art or Photography (SDE)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) (MMM)
  • Math Elective (MTH153 or Higher) (MNS)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)

Fully Equipped Labs & Studios

From a cutting-edge commercial photography studio to Mac labs with the latest software, a ceramics studio, 3D studio, and professional print center, we have everything to support your creative journey.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA)

The AIGA encourages students to get involved in the local design community, create a community of their own, and build leadership skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world.

Zone V Photography

This club encourages members to explore the photographic medium for artistic growth and develop a personal artistic vision. Students also acquire and strengthen the skills used in analogue photographic methods and techniques.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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More Information

Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in all courses with an ART and PHO course designator to receive credit for their completion. Students earning a 'D' or below must retake courses in which they are deficient before those courses can be considered as meeting the prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above in a course, after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy, results in withdrawal from the major in which the course is required.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

View the Studio Arts Tool List

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Penn College has state-of-the-art facilities with an abundance of current computer technology for training in design and production. Along with computer skills we feel it is important to continue to educate students to use their hands in disciplines such as design, drawing, painting, and photography. This process provides a tactual and perceptive approach to visual problem solving. Using traditional media provides direct and physical engagement; the process requires a necessary interval for the development of concept, image, techniques, and evaluation.

Students become involved in a process that nurtures creativity and stimulates conceptual performance. The freshman, foundation year focuses on developing students’ visual thinking and hand skills. In subsequent years, students concentrate on applied art courses directed toward design and production in many media.

The art faculty encourage students in the objective pursuit of excellence. Individualized critiques provide structure for the creative process and are essential to the ultimate quality of the artwork.

Students are encouraged to attend exhibitions and artists’ talks as part of their education. The Department and College promote exhibitions at the resident gallery.

  • Mr. Mark Anderman, President/Owner, The Wild Studio
  • Sister Alma Mary Anderson, CSC, Professor, Graphic Design, Indiana State University
  • Ms. Nancy A Ciolek, Chairperson, Graphic Design Dept., Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Ric Jones, Creative Director, MoJo Active
  • Mr. Dan Rowland, President/Owner/Director, Rowland Creative
  • Mr. John Saal, '00, Principal, Untuck Design Studio
  • Mr. Ryan Starr, '00, Senior Designer, Universal Health Services
  • Ms. Marjaneh Talebi, Director, Graphic Design Program, Harrisburg Area Community College

Coordinator of Admissions Events & Communications

Jen Cullin-Hetrick

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