At a Glance

(BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts
122 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39
Art &Science Credits 6
Program Credits 75
Elective Credits 12

Graduates with the BFA in Studio Art at Cazenovia College have careers 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 career paths.

Mission Statement
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. Through a studio-based curriculum enhanced by a foundation in the liberal arts, students in the BFA Studio Art program 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.

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 careers such as art educators, arts administrators, art therapists, artisans, and professional studio artists.

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.
  • 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.
Exciting news! Jephson Campus A (JCA), the historic stone building near beautiful Cazenovia Lake, has been completely renovated into a state of the art facility. JCA now houses a wood shop, metal/welding shop, painting/drawing studio, design/computer studio, and facilities for jewelry and small metals, ceramics, kiln-formed glass and sculpture.

Coleman Hall on main campus offers additional studio space and the Printmaking Studio. Reisman Hall includes a beautiful gallery and sculpture court, exhibiting the work of students, faculty and other professional artists. The computer labs and photo studio are available for student use.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


   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/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 214    Figure Drawing (3)
   SA 241    Ceramics (3)
   SA 242    Sculpture: Glass/Mixed Media (3)
   SA 276/263    Computer Imaging or Digital Photography (3)
   SA 302    Graphic Forms (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 493     Professional Practices and Portfolio (3)
   SA 3/4XX  Intermediate/Advanced SA courses (6)
   SA or FA 309    Special Topics in the Arts  (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 58
Open Electives  
    Courses (Credits) 
    100-400 level    (9)
    300/400 level   (3)
Total Open Elective Credits -12