The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a pre-professional degree with intense focus on studio arts for students who wish to pursue art as their career. Students graduate with the exhibition and professional portfolio, and are prepared for the careers in creative industries, fine arts or pursuit of graduate degree. The degree requires 74 credits, in the area of concentration within the Art major. Students can choose to major in:
Requirements for BFA:
- Four introductory courses.
- Five elective courses from the intermediate level, decided in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or faculty advisor.
- Five studio courses in one studio discipline of specialization.
- Three art history courses.
- Seminar in Studio Art (ARTS 496).
- Senior Exhibition Seminar (ARTS 499) critique and exhibition = 2 credits.
TOTAL: 74 credits
*Please note that a maximum of six transfer courses may count toward the major, no more than three of which may be in the area of concentration.
Bachelor of Art (BA) is a 40-credit degree in fine arts within the liberal arts context. The BA is suited to students who wish to double major or broaden their educational experience with particular skills in studio arts.
Requirements for BA:
- Four introductory courses: ARTS 171, 210, 230, 240.
- One intermediate, one advanced and one special studio project in one area of interest.
- One Art History course (for Graphic Design area of interest, ARTS 215 is the alternative).
- Two studio art electives, decided in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or faculty advisor.
TOTAL: 40 credits
*A minimum of five courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. Please note that a maximum of four transferred courses may count toward the major, no more than two of which may be in the area of interest.
The minor in studio art requires a minimum of six courses, and is intended for students who wish to add studio art experience to their undergraduate studies.
Requirements for Studio Minor:
- Beginning, intermediate and advanced level courses in one of these areas of interest: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking or Graphic Design.
- An additional introductory-level course in an area other than the chosen area of interest.
- Two courses chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. One of these courses must be at the advanced 300-400 level, and may or may not be in the area of interest.
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.
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. For the minor in studio art, transfer students may transfer two courses equivalent to courses offered in the studio program.
Additional courses may transfer and count as part of the 126 credits needed for graduation and completion of an Art course will automatically fulfill the Aesthetics and Humanities General Education Requirement.
In Support By
The department is supported by the Elsie B. Rosefsky Visiting Artists endowment, presenting an ongoing series of exhibitions, lectures and seminars by visiting artists and notable alumni in the Elsie B. Rosefsky Memorial Art Gallery.
BUFAS (Binghamton University Fine Arts Society) is a student group that attracts both majors and non-majors and provides weekly drawing sessions in art studios, organizes department-sponsored exhibitions both on campus and in the local galleries, as well as installation and mural projects. The Art program is also supported by the Art Student Co-op, a student-organized and operated source for art supplies.
Department of Art and Design offers merit-based student awards for all disciplines within the program: Johnny Hart Memorial Award, Edward N. Wilson Jr. Award, Carolyn Novogrodsky Memorial Art Award and the Martha Norcross Award.