Just as research is not limited to the library, the creation of art is not limited to the studio.
This is, perhaps, easier for students to understand. They know that art making can take many forms; can be digital or not; time based or not; conceptual or not. What is harder for many students to comprehend is the importance of the liberal arts and the library and other supplemental resources to their art making. Local galleries and museums, books, history are essential to the fully formed realization of the creative process.
Diversity of thought is found in general education. A successful art practice needs diversity of thought and idea.