Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art

Studio Art

Through a studio-based art curriculum and a foundation in the liberal arts, students in the Studio Art program learn new ways of seeing, thinking and expressing themselves. Our focus on technical, critical and professional skills prepares graduates for a wide range of art and photo related careers.

Graduates receiving the BFA in Studio Art at Cazenovia College have gone on to careers as art therapists, art teachers, museum curators and administrators, gallery managers and owners, college professors, artisans, art business owners, professional fine artists, ceramists, illustrators and graphic designers, among other career paths.

Dedicated, professional faculty carefully mentor students through a highly individualized approach tailored to each student’s artistic and academic goals. As students progress through the studio courses, Internship, Portfolio Preparation and Senior Project, they define their individual goals as art professionals. Graduates of the Studio Art program leave well-prepared for the competitive market, driven by a strong work ethic and an intellectual curiosity, and equipped with artistic skill in a range of media.

Student Learning Goals:
  • Offer in-depth studio training in Painting, Figure Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture, Kiln-Formed Glass, Small Metals/Jewelry, Printmaking and Photography.
  • Teach students to communicate with visual elements across various media using the principles of design. 
  • Help students understand and respond to the historical and cultural influences that shape the contemporary art world.
  • Prepare students for art and photo related careers by ensuring an understanding of technical, critical and professional skills.
Special Features:
Each student completes an internship, specifically selected in conjunction with the internship instructor, to explore an area of personal and professional interest, gain important professional experience, and form professional networks.

Students are individually matched with arts professionals in their area of interest during their senior year to assist them in the completion of their Senior Project, which culminates in a professional exhibition in the college Art Gallery during their final semester.

The College maintains a professional art gallery that showcases a variety of national and international artists, along with the annual juried student exhibition and exhibitions by graduating Studio Art majors.

Most Studio Art majors choose one or more minors to complement their major studies. Art History, Arts Management, Pre-Art Therapy, Photography, Fashion Design, Communications and Visual Communications are popular choices. For non-majors, the Studio Art minor is available.

Our students benefit from a strong relationship with nearby Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, a nationally-recognized outdoor sculpture and nature park with a seasonal gallery, international artist-in-residency program, and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

The most exciting news about Studio Art is surely the complete renovation of Jephson Campus A, located near beautiful Cazenovia Lake, just a few blocks from main campus. During academic year 2015–2016, the historic stone building housing Studio Art will be gutted and rebuilt into a state of the art facility. Scheduled to open for the Fall 2016 semester, Jephson Campus A will house a wood shop, metal/welding shop, painting/drawing studio, design/computer studio, and facilities for jewelry and small metals, ceramics, kiln-formed glass and sculpture.

Coleman Hall on main campus offers additional studio space and the Printmaking Studio.

Reisman Hall includes a beautiful gallery and outdoor sculpture court, exhibiting the work of professional artists, photographers and designers as well as student and faculty work. Further, the computer labs and photo studio are available for student use.