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Studio Art Program

The curriculum in art offers a major leading to a B.A. degree, in five areas of concentration: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Graphic Design, as well as a minor. It also provides experiences for the liberal arts students who wish to explore studio practices through elective courses.

The Art program is supported by the Elsie Benensohn Rosefsky Visiting Artists Series endowment. The Art program is enhanced by events and activities in the Elsie B. Rosefsky Memorial Art Gallery, which presents an ongoing series of exhibitions, including visiting artists and successful alumni, as well as lectures and seminars. The Art program is supported by the Art Student Co-op, a student-organized and operated source for art supplies.

For beginning and intermediate courses, the quality of work determines whether the student may repeat a course for further development. The decision for such action is a result of mutual consent of the student and the instructor. A repeated course receives credit and fulfills the major requirements.

Art majors and minors must declare an area of concentration and choose an appropriate adviser from among the faculty.

All courses used to satisfy departmental requirements must be taken under the normal grading option.

Beginning drawing is a prerequisite for the beginning courses in graphic design and printmaking, and recommended for all others.

Students must be in residence their last semester.

Requirements for Studio Art Major - BA Degree

  1. Four level-one courses, ARTS 171, 210, 230, 240 ( for the graphic designer concentration, ARTS 161 will count for one of these three) = 12 credits.
  2. One intermediate, one advanced and one special studio project in one area of concentration = 12 credits.
  3. One art history course = 4 credits.
  4. Two studio art electives = 12 credits.
  5. For the BA degree, transfer students may transfer four courses equivalent to courses offered in the studio program, no more than two of which may be in the area of concentration.

TOTAL = 40 credits.

A minimum of five courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Honors Program

Departmental honors in studio are awarded to those majors who have completed a substantive body of significant work in one or more studio disciplines. Nominations for honors are submitted by individual faculty members, and the final decision rests with the entire studio faculty. Senior standing is required.

Requirements for a Minor in Studio Art

A minor in studio art consists of a minimum of six courses distributed as follows:

  1. Beginning, intermediate and advanced level courses in one of these areas of concentration: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, two-dimensional design.
  2. An additional introductory-level course in an area other than the chosen concentration.
  3. Two courses chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser. One of these courses must be at the advanced 300-400 level, and may or may not be in the area of concentration.
  4. For the minor in studio art, transfer students may transfer two courses equivalent to courses offered in the studio program.

Transfer Credits

Most community colleges offer Art courses that fulfill major requirements and electives. Please note that a maximum of 4 transferred courses may count toward the major. Additional courses may transfer and count as part of the 126 credits needed for graduation and completion of an Art courses will automatically fulfill the Aesthetics and Humanities General Education Requirement.

Transfer planning guides are available for the colleges below in pdf format. If you have questions about whether a particular Art Major course will transfer please contact Natalija Mijatovic, Chair.

Broome County Community College
Monroe County Community College
Nassau County Community College
Suffolk County Community College
Tompkins Cortland Community College



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Last Updated: 11/6/14