Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Studio Art concentration’s faculty of professional artists prepares students for careers in the visual arts (as professional artists, in galleries and museums, and as arts administrators) and to pursue graduate study in: art education, studio art, art history, arts administration, and art therapy. The BFA program involves rigorous individual instruction tailored to each student’s artistic and academic goals. Students take art courses including: Painting, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture: Glass/Mixed Media, Small Metals and Jewelry, Computer Imaging, and Printmaking. Students also have the opportunity to take courses that emphasize marketability, including: Arts Management, Professional Practices and Portfolio, Museum as Medium, and Studio Art Internship. Additionally, each student completes a year-long senior project during which he or she works closely with a professional artist. Many students participate in study abroad opportunities. Our goal, which is unique among colleges and universities, is for students to develop comprehensive knowledge of the arts while also gaining the ability to market their skills in today’s competitive global economy.
Minors: Most students take one or more minors in conjunction with their Studio Art Major. Minors in Art History, Pre-Art Therapy, Arts Management, Photography, Fashion Design, Theater and Visual Communications are common among Studio Art majors. For non-majors, Studio Art offers a popular minor with three tracks to choose among: a general Studio Art track and tracks that focus on 2-D or 3-D courses.
• All students work with professionals in their area of interest during their internships: art therapists, art educators, museum curators & registrars, gallery owners & directors, arts administrators, animation studios and free-lance artists.
• Students are individually matched with arts professionals in their area of interest as part of their Senior Project. Each student's senior project culminates in a gallery exhibition.
• Entering students take four Foundations courses (Drawing: Perception/Observation, Design + Color Theory, Structuring Human Space, and Time Movement Narrative) that prepare them for the advanced content of their Studio Art courses
• The College has a highly respected professional gallery with ongoing individual and group exhibitions, including the annual juried student exhibition and exhibitions by graduating Studio Art majors.
• Art Club is a student organization that arranges trips to New York City and area museums and galleries and carries out service projects.
Studio Art students study in the new Art and Design building and at Jephson Campus (formerly South Campus). Studio Art courses are primarily taught at our Jephson Campus facilities located near beautiful Cazenovia Lake. We have studios dedicated to drawing, painting, figure drawing from live models, sculpture (including kiln-formed glass, welding, woodshop + plaster studios), and ceramics.
Reisman Hall includes a beautiful gallery and outdoor sculpture court, exhibiting the work of professional artists, photographers and designers.
Students have access to studios, darkrooms and workshops outside of class time. Our students also benefit from the College’s strong relationship with Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, near Cazenovia, where national and international sculptors create site-specific art which is exhibited in the context of a nature preserve.
- Studio artists—exhibiting and selling work, public and private commissions, art restoration and artisanal production.
- Arts administration including: owning and/or directing professional galleries or other positions within galleries and museums, theatres, performing arts organizations, other cultural agencies and non-profits.
- Teaching art at K-12 and college level.
- Graduate studies in such areas as: Art Education, all areas of Studio Art, Art Therapy, Art History, Arts Journalism, Art Conservation and Museum Studies.