A concentration should consist of a group of works that share a concept — for example, an in-depth study of a particular visual problem or a variety of ways of handling an interesting subject. Some concentrations involve sequential works, such as a series of studies that lead to, and are followed by, more finished works. If a student uses subject matter as the basis of a concentration, the work should show the development of a visual language appropriate for that subject. The investigation of a medium in and of itself, without a strong underlying visual idea, generally does not constitute a successful concentration.
The list of possible concentration topics is in infinite. Below are examples of concentrations. They are intended only to provide a sense of range and should not necessarily be considered “better” ideas.
• A series of works that begins with representational interpretations and evolves into abstraction
• An exploration of patterns and designs found in nature and/or culture
• Design and execution of pages for a book or graphic novel
• Development of a series of identity products (logos, letterhead, signage, and so on) for businesses
• A series of cartoons using current events and images.
• Fashion Design - a few outfits on a theme, with drawings and or accessories.
• A series of fabric designs, apparel designs or weavings used to express a particular theme
• A series of expressive landscapes based upon personal experience of a particular place
• A personal or family history communicated through the content and style of still-life images
• Abstractions from mechanical objects used to explore mark-making
• Interpretive self-portraiture and figure studies that emphasize exaggeration and distortion
• An exploration of interior or exterior architectural space, emphasizing principles of perspective, structure, ambiance created by light, etc.
• A series of figurative works combining animal and human subjects — drawings, studies and completed works
Whatever the topic the contentration should also reflect the learning and integration of technology into the Studio Arts.