At a Glance

(BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts
121 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39
Art &Science Credits 12
Program Credits 64
Elective Credits 6

The BFA in Studio Art produces artists and art professionals who are technically astute, create problem-solvers, and who are professionally prepared for careers in the arts. If you are looking for a major that will prepare you for professional success in a creative field, the NASAD accredited Studio Art program at Cazenovia College is the place for you!

Through a studio-based curriculum enhanced by a foundation in liberal arts, students in the BFA Studio Art program have opportunities to explore a wide range of 2-dimensional media including drawing, painting, photography, and printmaking; 3-dimensional media including glass, ceramics, wood, and metal; and time-based media including video and performance art. Students choose to develop mastery in either the two-dimensional track or the three-dimensional track. 

Courses enable students to inform their art practice with a knowledge of art history and contemporary visual culture. Throughout the curriculum professional practices, including required internships, are emphasized.

Dedicated professional faculty mentor students through a highly individualized education tailored to each student’s artistic and academic goals, preparing them for graduate school and/or a wide range of art-based careers.

Graduates of the Studio Art program leave well prepared for the competitive market, equipped with artistic skill in a range of media and driven by a strong work ethic and intellectual curiosity. The Studio Art program produces artists and art professionals who are technically astute, creative problem-solvers, and who are professionally prepared for careers in the arts. Our graduates work as art therapists, art teachers, museum curators and administrators, gallery managers and owners, college professors, artisans, art business owners, professional fine artists, and ceramists, among other careers.

Cazenovia College is accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Meeting NASAD standards confirms that Cazenovia’s curricula, faculty, facilities and student work are among the best in the U.S. 

  • Offer in-depth studio training in Painting, Figure Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture, Kiln-Formed Glass, Small Metals/Jewelry, Printmaking and Photography.
  • Teach students to communicate visually 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.
Jephson Campus A (JCA), the historic stone building near beautiful Cazenovia Lake, is a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility. JCA now houses a full wood shop, metal/welding shop, painting/drawing studio, design/computer studio, and facilities for jewelry and small metals, ceramics, kiln-formed glass, and sculpture.

An additional studio facility, the Printmaking Studio, is found on main campus in Coleman Hall. Reisman Hall includes a large and professional gallery and sculpture court, exhibiting the work of students, faculty and other professional artists. Studio Art majors have opportunities to learn how to install and manage exhibits here and elsewhere on campus. The computer labs and photo studio in Reisman Hall are available for student use.
  • Each student completes a professional internship, specifically selected in conjunction with the internship instructor. They explore a career area of personal interest, gain important professional experience, and form professional networks.
  • Studio Art seniors have a dedicated senior studio space in the Jephson Campus A building.
  • 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. Students frequently exhibit their art in the gallery, work on the grounds and occasionally complete internships in its bucolic setting.
  • Since the fall of 2017, the Studio Art program has a newly-designed Arts Management major popular with many students.
  • Students pursuing a minor in Arts Management may also be eligible to participate in the accelerated path agreement with LeMoyne College to obtain a Masters of Science in Arts Administration. Students who participate could complete their graduate studies in 18 months or less.
  • Since 2011, the artisan business smART (student-made ART) has provided students interested in art/craft production, business skills and arts management with real-life experience in running and growing an art-based, sustainable business. Students re-purpose wine bottles and corks from Magnus Ridge Winery on Seneca Lake into useful, ingenious products. Profits from sales are returned to the business and provide training and employment to students interested in small business management and kiln-formed glass.
  • CazMade, now in its 3rd year, is a student-centered artisan shop housed within the College bookstore. Students, alumni, and staff have the opportunity to create and sell handcrafted items.


   Course (Credits)         
   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)
    Course (Credits)       
   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

    Course (Credits)       
   SA 111    Drawing: Perception and Observation (3)
   SA 115    Careers in Art and Photography (1)
   SA 131    Design and Color Theory (3)
   SA 132    Structuring Human Space (3)
   SA 161    Digital Photography I (3)
   SA 168    Time, Movement and Narrative (3)
   SA 214    Figure Drawing (3)
   Choose two of the following:
            SA 241 Ceramics (3)
            SA 242 Sculpture (3)
            SA 308 Small Metals/Jewelry (3)
  Choose two of the following:
            SA 212 Drawing: Representation and Expression (3)
            SA 221 Painting (3)
            SA 231 Printmaking (3)
   SA 276/365    Computer Imaging or Alternative Processes (3)
   SA or FA 309    Special Topics in the Arts  (3)
   SA 335    Junior Seminar I (1)
   SA 336    Junior Seminar II (1)
   SA 345 or 346   Intermediate 2D Studio I or Intermediate 3D Studio I (3)
   SA 355 or 356   Intermediate 2D Studio II or Intermediate 3D Studio II (3)
   SA 361    Site and Space  (3)
   SA 381    Internship (3)
   SA 393    Internship Preparation (1)
   SA 445 or 446   Advanced 2D Studio or Advanced 3D Studio (3)
   SA 493    Professional Practices and Portfolio (3)
   SA 3/4XX  Intermediate/Advanced SA courses (3)
   VC 118    Digital Foundations (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 64

Open Electives  
    Courses (Credits) 
    100-400 level    (3)
    300/400 level   (3)
Total Open Elective Credits - 6