Digital and Studio Arts
Program Coordinator: Kirk Robinson, M.F.A.
Faculty: Carlye Frank, M.L.A.; Michael Kaysen, B.A.; Suzanne Lussier, M.F.A., Martin Martinez, M.A.; Betty Delinck, M.A. (emeritus); Walter Skiba, M.A., M. Mus.; Paul Somers, M.F.A.
The Digital and Studio Arts Program offers a B.A. in Digital and Studio Arts with three concentrations (Fine Arts, Media Arts, and interdisciplinary). This is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the tools to effectively and creatively generate, communicate, and artistically express ideas. As part of a liberal arts education, the program in Digital and Studio Arts adds to the understanding of the development of human ideas and directs the student toward individual development and personal expression. Digital and Studio Arts students learn the vocabulary and technical skills required to use the technology of their medium of choice as means of critical and aesthetic investigation. Studio work and internships further balance the potential of students by providing an experience to take with them into their respective field of employment. Emphasis is placed upon the value of building a portfolio of representative work, so that when seeking employment, students have the fundamental tools of proof of their academic preparation.
Full-time and adjunct faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph represents several points of view and offers a variety of strengths to the program. Faculty members are involved with their own work and personal research and are thoroughly committed to developing and directing creative and ambitious students.
Facilities include spacious and well lit design studios; a central critique space; and a gallery for exhibiting work by students, faculty and noteworthy outside artists.
Digital and Studio Arts Mission Statement
In the junior year (and earlier, when space provides), students are provided with individualized studios in which they develop their own digital or traditional studio practice under the guidance of a faculty arts mentor. Combined with training in how to run an art career, topics courses in practical skills such as grant writing, and required art internships, the Digital and Studio Arts practice classes prepare students for the challenges of becoming an art professional in the contemporary world. The program fosters artistic student cooperation through yearly art critiques, develops large project execution and job search skills via a required senior project and portfolio development.
The Digital and Studio Arts Program seeks to develop in its students the artistic knowledge, perception, and skill needed to pursue a satisfying contemporary career in the arts. As a Catholic institution, CCSJ faculty places artistic development within the spiritual development of the individual student and seeks to create emotional, intellectually, and spiritually mature artists whose creations are an inspiration to others and a service to their community.
The Digital and Studio Arts Program provides art students with a broad grounding in traditional art knowledge and skills, training in industry-standard computer graphic software, opportunities to incorporate music, theater, cinema, and literary arts into their work, and the flexibility, resources, and opportunities to strike out on their own creative and career paths. In the first two years, students acquire a foundation of knowledge in visual communication, graphic design, art history, and a basic mastery of skill in drawing, painting, and three dimensional artwork. On this foundation they build the computer graphic/software skills essential to work effectively in a variety of media and art careers, acquiring the flexibility that will enable them to work in a rapidly changing field.
Have questions? Contact our Enrollment Specialists
Office: Room 115
Phone: (219) 473-4207
Digital and Studio Arts
Contact Information Program Director: Walter Skiba
Telephone: (219) 473-4270
FAX: (219) 473-4259