The School of Art and Design offers a four-year, professional degree program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The unique curriculum, which incorporates a specialized approach for each of the academic years of study, is recognized for its innovation in emphasizing disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary opportunities. Here you'll work in state-of-the-art facilities, you'll be provided with individual studios in your senior year, and you will enjoy the benefits of entering a partially state-funded art program in a private university setting.
An Open Curriculum
The BFA degree provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study ceramic art, drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, print media, video, sonic art, interactive media, or glass and sculpture within an open curriculum.
As a BFA major, you can take elective and academic credit from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Business. There are numerous options for art students who want to pursue academic minors such as arts management, art education with teacher certification, environmental studies, performing arts, philosophy, and business, to name a few.
Credit Hour Requirements (BFA):
Students who enroll in the School of Art and Design must complete the requirements listed below to receive the BFA degree:
- Studio - 72
- Academic Requirement - 25
- Art History - 17
- Electives - 14
- Senior Project - 0
- Total degree credit hours - 128
Students must also complete:
The University Global Perspective requirement. The University Global Perspective required credits could be taken within the required academic and/or Art History requirements.
The University Physical Education requirement. The University Physical Education Requirement brings the total number of credits to graduate to 132. Note: additional PE activity credits (100-level PHED, EQUS) may not be used toward any degree requirements.
Credit Hour Requirements (BFA with Art Education Minor):
Students who enroll in the School of Art and Design must complete the requirements listed below to receive the BFA degree with an Art Education Minor.
*The Art Education Minor is offered to BFA students through the Division of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The BFA requirements are adjusted as indicated below to account for the Art Education Minor and Teaching Certification requirements:
- Studio - 68
- Art History - 17
- Liberal Arts Core - 19
- Education Core - 31
- Senior Project - 0
- Total degree credit hours - 135
The University Global Perspective required credits could be taken within the required academic and/or Art History requirements.
The University Physical Education Requirement brings the total number of credits to graduate to 132.
Academic Requirements and Electives (For BFA students taking the Minor in Art Education, the Academic Requirements and Electives consists of the Liberal Arts Core and the Education Core required of the Minor and to satisfy New York State Education Department guidelines for Teacher Certification. See the Division of Education for more information on the Minor.)
Our BFA degree programs have two main objectives: to help students develop the commitment and
skills necessary to pursue a career in art; and to prepare students for graduate work. Outcomes for
artists are very different than for other majors – “career success” can be defined as selling work,
exhibiting at shows and galleries, freelancing, and many other activities.
Recent examples include:
- Hot Glass Instructor - Corning Museum
- Artistic Coordinator - MD Productions
- Internal Design and Marketing Representative - Capital Printing Ink
- Wax sculpture worker - New Arts
- Wood Shop Technician - Bucks Rock
- Curator - Poplar Hill Mansion
- Photo Editor - Totsy
- Artist In Residence - Salem Art Works
- Assistant to an Executive Producer - Fox Television Animation
- Jewelry Artist - Walker Metalsmiths
- Scenic Painter - Adirondack Scenic Inc.
- Color Consultant - Sephora; Home Goods
- Production Manager - Lifetouch, Inc.
- Gallery Docent - Wayne County Arts Alliance
- Graphic Designer - OfficeMax (Corporate Headquarters)
- Kids Accessory Designer - Accessory Network Group
- Production Manager, Jewelry Reproduction - Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Costume Maker - Izquierdo Studio
- Furniture Designer/Painter - MacKenzie Childs Ltd.
- Shoe Designer - MiuMiu (Prada)
- Fabrication Specialist - Shedd Aquarium
- Landscaper; Artist - Watkins Garden Center; Greenhouse Gallery
- Automotive Sculptor - General Motors of North America
- Graphic Designer - Time Magazine