Intermedia - Bachelor of Fine Arts

The contemporary landscape of visual arts is an endless revolution. A constant adaptability is demanded of all who participate. The reach of painting and drawing is immeasurable, and unavoidable.

Historically perseverant and actively unapologetic, the act of image making has become simultaneously mundane and sublime, common and esoteric. Today’s image makers are charged with the task of contributing a unique voice to the rich visual culture that already surrounds us. This is only accomplished through discipline, sincerity, and mindfulness.

Intermedia is simply defined as “between media.” The Studio Arts degree program houses image makers who work with drawn, painted, collaged, and digitized marks. Students will share a fundamental understanding of techniques and mediums, while developing a heightened sensibility toward audience and venue.

Clubs & Organizations – Intermedia

Painting Club – A student ran organization fostering awareness of the arts. Students meet outside of class to create artwork, and discuss and critique their output.

Reflection Gallery
One of two art galleries on Finlandia’s campus. Student involvement with the Reflection Gallery ranges from part-time volunteers, to more experienced roles such as Director, Curator, and Public Relations. Students are exposed to the professional practice of running an art gallery. Involvement includes handling artwork, designing exhibitions, promoting events, and communicating with artists.


Program Policy – Studio Arts Degree: Intermedia

For the ISAD cross-concentration degree, a student chooses two pre-existing concentrations and combines them to create an individualized learning experience. The cross-concentration degree is offered under the special circumstances listed below:

  • A grade point average in Art & Design classes of 3.5 or higher.
  • A letter of intent from the student to the dean explaining the desire and rationale for a cross-concentration degree.
  • The curriculum for the combination of two concentrations will be evaluated by the respective faculty members on a case-by-case basis.

Study Abroad Opportunities – Studio Arts Programs

Art & Design students considering study abroad opportunities must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and apply to and make arrangements with the dean of the International School of Art & Design. Students are encouraged to study at least one year of the Finnish language (or language of destination country) prior to departure.

International Partners

  • Kuopio Academy of Design/Savonia University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Art & Design Helsinki – UIAH
  • University of Lapland
  • HAMK – University of Applied Sciences

International Study Programs International Admissions (906) 487-7208 |


Meet Jessica DeMers

What have you enjoyed about studying at Finlandia?
I had the pleasure of studying fashion design and illustration at Finlandia University. I enjoyed the small classrooms and the personal interactions with the teachers. You’re not just a number in the books. In the fashion design course we not only learn how design garments, we learn how to weave, dye and document what we’re making. Once in the industry you’ll know what to ask for and know that it’s possible because you understand the process from cultivation of materials to presentation in the market. The illustration department is brilliant because we have the option of being a part of a gallery. There we can communicate with current artists and invite them to our school. We invite the artists we want to learn from and study from the masters who currently have jobs in the field.

What has been one of your most memorable experiences (ie. people, professors, specific course)?
All things considered, the professors are the best part of the University. They inspire creative thinking, lead by example and give opportunities to apply yourself in more than just the classroom.

How has your education in ceramics gotten you to where you are in life currently?
My education has given me the opportunity to be brave and flexible in my career. I got a job with my dual-concentration bachelor’s degree in Japan as a teacher right after graduating and now I’m currently in Spain.


  1. Communication/ Creative Insight: Student implements a personal visual vocabulary that relates the visual component of the work created to the conceptual component.
  2. Global Perspective / Creative Insight: Student demonstrates and situate there use of color and media handling in the broader context of art history and are able to articulate how their color palette expresses contemporary concerns.
  3. Personal Perspective: Student demonstrate an understanding and implementation of professional levels presentation when considering paint application, surface preparation, and framing.
  4. Analytical and Critical Thinking: Student is able to demonstrate the ability to create work with accurate promotions and anatomy and when deviating from this accuracy is able to articulate the conceptual necessity for these changes.
  5. Creative Insight / Personal Perspective: The student should be able to articulate how and why they arrived at the compositional strategies they chose to implement and how that strategy relates to the history of image-making.

Additional Links and Forms – Studio Arts: Intermedia

What you will learn

Drawing, painting, and illustration are similar in the fact they are constructed images that communicate. However, audience, venue, and purpose may vary greatly. The Studio Arts program at Finlandia University acknowledges this diversity and encourages personal exploration through an interdisciplinary lens. Exposure to a breadth of media, mediums, and cultural fodder will yield thoughtful artifact.

The Studio Arts degree curriculum stresses aesthetic research, technical proficiency, conceptual inquiry, and professional discipline. Students are introduced to precedence and tradition, as well as contemporary counterparts. Each creative is asked to continually evaluate their goals in relationship to their field and medium. In dialogue with faculty, peers and community, students develop the ability articulate their motivations and actively pursue their purpose.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Successfully construct artworks that communicate sincere devotion to craft and content.
  • Effectively apply the fundamental elements and principles of design in studio production and critique settings.
  • Understand art historical precedence, theoretical framework and critical context in the reception and explanation of art objects.
  • Make informed decisions about social and cultural issues concerning fine art production and consumption.
  • Apply knowledge of basic business practices as they relate to entrepreneurial ventures, exhibition opportunities and professional presentation.
  • Understand basic concepts and formats in various fine art discipline, including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpture, and time-based media.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Painting Fundamentals
    Introduction to the use of paint as a medium to explore the fundamentals of pictorial organization and construction, introduction is given in the use of materials. This course will begin to explore the materials and techniques of painting with acrylic, oil and watercolor. Material discussed and demonstrated will include application techniques, color mixing, creative visual problems solving, and the rendering of form and volume. Includes Studio fall semesters. Prerequisite: ARD 101 or ARD 173.
  • Studio Arts 2: Self Publishing
    Students will adopt and investigate a personal theme and aesthetic. Resulting studio work will be compiled into a compendium for distribution. Discourse surrounding self-publishing will be addressed, including on-line distribution and physical printing. Students will explore self-promotion and marketing strategies specific to projects’ demographic. Available fall Semesters. Prerequisites: ARD 101 and ARD 114.
  • Studio Arts 4: Portfolio
    A final preparation for entrance into the illustration marketplace. There will be strong emphasis on technique, design, presentation, and professionalism. Business aspects, self-promotion, and portfolio presentations will be addressed. This is a labor intensive studio experience, individually catered to each student’s needs and sensibilities. Available fall Semesters. Prerequisite: ARD 380.

Career Opportunities

Animator, Art Gallery Owner/Director, Exhibits Installer, Entrepreneur, Fine Artist (Drawing, Installation, Mixed-media, Painting, Animation, Technical), Illustrator (Commercial, Editorial, Magazine, Newspaper, Web, Medical, Product), Publishing (Children’s Books, Comics, Graphic Novels, Textbooks)
Arthur HillAdjunct Instructor, Photography and Drawing, ISADFinlandia Universityarthur.hill@finlandia.edu906-487-7225
Denise VandevilleDean, International School of Art & Design Associate Professor, Ceramic DesignFinlandia Universitydenise.vandeville@finlandia.edu906-487-7379
Dylan WeilerAssistant Professor of Studio Arts/IntermediaFinlandia

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