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 or theory, 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 abilities to market their skills in today’s competitive global economy.
Minors: Most students take one or more minors in conjunction with their Studio 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. Students meet with their professional contacts 3-4 times during their senior year.
• 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 taught at our Jephson Campus facilities located across the street from 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, just on the outskirts of town, where national and international sculptors create site-specific sculptures which are exhibited in the context of a nature preserve.
- Studio artists—exhibiting and selling work, mural commissions, artist residencies, writing and getting grants.
- Arts administration including: owning and/or directing professional galleries or other positions within galleries and museums, theatres, performing arts organizations, and other cultural agencies.
- Teaching art and photography at the K-12 through college level.
- Mural commissions, artist residencies, writing and getting grants.
- Graduate studies in such areas as: Art Education, all areas of Studio Art, Art Therapy, Art History and Theory.
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy:
SA 498 Senior Project: Research and Development (3)
Senior Capstone: SA 499 Senior Project: Thesis Exhibition (3)
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS - 39
Art & Sciences Courses
FA 111 Art History I (3)
FA 112 Art History II (3)
FA 210 Art of the World (3)
FA 401 Contemporary Developments in the Arts (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 12
SA 111 Drawing: Perception/Observation (3)
SA 121 Painting (3)
SA 131 Design + Color Theory (3)
SA 132 Structuring Human Space (3)
SA 161 Photography I (3)
SA 168 Time, Movement and Narrative (3)
SA 211 Figure Drawing (3)
SA 241 Ceramics (3)
SA 242 Sculpture: Glass/Mixed Media (3)
SA 276/263 Computer Imaging or Digital Photography (3)
SA 361 Site and Space (3)
SA 311 Life Drawing & 3-D Forms (3)
SA 365 Alternative Processes (3)
SA 381 Internship (3)
SA 393 Internship Preparation (1)
SA 415 Graphic Forms (3)
SA493 Professional Practices and Portfolio (3)
SA or FA 309 Special Topics in the Arts (3)
FA 371 Research Topics in the Visual Arts (3)
FA 471 Advanced Research Topics in the Visual Arts (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 58
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS - 70
100-400 level (9)
300/400 level (3)
Total Open Elective Credits - 12
TOTAL ELECTIVE CREDITS - 12
TOTAL CREDITS FOR DEGREE - 121
* Recommended electives: BU 215 Arts Management, FA 405 Arts in the Community, SA 308 Jewelry/Small Metals, and SA 231 Printmaking.
Professor and Program Director, Studio Art
Jephson Campus A
Phone: (315) 655-7309
Jephson Campus A 207
Phone: (315) 655-7123
Jephson Campus A 201
Phone: (315) 655-7246
Associate Professor, Art
Jephson Campus A 206
Phone: (315) 655-7138
Visiting Instructor, Art
Jephson Campus A
Phone: (315) 655-7112
Professor, Art and Coordinator of Foundation Studies
Jephson Campus A
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