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Art: Concentration in Studio Art [ART_ARTS] (Major)

Major in Art with a concentration in Studio Art

The B.A. in studio art is a well-rounded degree program in studio art with a strong basis in liberal arts. It is intended for students who plan to pursue a generalized career in art or to prepare for graduate study. The degree requires 48 credit hours in the major, including foundation, skills core, studio specialization and four art history courses. Specializations include ceramics, fiber arts, painting, print media and sculpture. The B.A. program does not require a portfolio review for admission. For more information about this program, contact the Art and Art History Department.

Career Potential

Artists, designers and educators in ceramics, fiber arts, graphic design, new media design, painting, print media and sculpture.

Art-related fields such as corporate art buyer, art publications employee, art writer, art handler, gallery preparatory staffer, facilitator for nonprofits, arts festivals and community arts organizations.

Total credit hours in major: 48

A. Required Courses Core in Art Studio: 15 credit hours
Drawing Foundation
  • ATS 101 - Drawing I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATS 201 - Drawing II (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 301 - Drawing III (3 cr. hr.)
Design Foundation
  • ATS 102 - Design I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATS 202 - Design II (3 cr. hr.)
B. Exposure and Skills Core in Art Studio: 15 credit hours
  • ATS 103 - Painting I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATS 104 - Ceramics I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATS 106 - Sculpture I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
Select one
  • ATS 108 - Fibers I - Surface Design (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8) or
  • ATS 208 - Fibers II - Weaving (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
Select either
  • ATS 107 - Printmaking I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8) or
  • ATS 114 - Photography I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8) or
  • ATS 209 - Lithography I (3 cr. hr.)
C. Studio Art Specialization Courses: 6 credit hours

Specialization: select a sequence in one of the following areas - Ceramics: ATS 204 and 304; Fibers: ATS 208 and 308; Painting: ATS 203 and 303; Print Media: ATS 207 and 307, or ATS 209 and 309; Sculpture: ATS 206 and 306.

D. Field Study
  • ATT 115 - Field Study at Raquette Lake (1 cr. hr.)
E. Art History Foundation and Advanced Courses: 12 credit hours
  • ATH 121 - Art in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATH 122 - Art in the Modern World (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
Additional courses

Select six credit hours of related electives chosen in consultation with advisor; including one ATH course at the 300-level or above, which must be writing intensive.

F. Free Electives: 29-42 total credit hours
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in Art (Studio) over four years
First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE course
  • ATH 121 - Art in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 101 - Drawing I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 102 - Design I (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • ATH 122 - Art in the Modern World (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 103 - Painting I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 201 - Drawing II (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 202 - Design II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • Foreign language 101
  • ATH 357 - Modern Art (3 cr. hr.) (WI)
  • ATS 104 - Ceramics I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 107 - Printmaking I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATS 114 - Photography I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATS 209 - Lithography I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATS 108 - Fibers I - Surface Design (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATS 208 - Fibers II - Weaving (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Foreign language 102
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • GE Course
  • ATS 106 - Sculpture I (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Foreign language 201
  • ATS required courses in specialization
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • ATH 340 - The Early Renaissance in Italy (3 cr. hr.) (WI)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Foreign language 202
  • ATS required courses in specialization
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Free elective
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • ATS elective
  • ATH elective
  • Two free electives
Spring Total credit hours: 16 +
  • Two free electives
  • ATS 301 - Drawing III (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 429 - Special Topics in Studio Art (1-4 cr. hr.)
  • ATT 490 - Individual Problems in Art I (3-6 cr. hr.)
  • ATT 491 - Individual Problems in Art II (3-6 cr. hr.)