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Majors/Minors

Art Studio: Bachelor of Fine Arts [BFA_BFAS]

The B.F.A. is an intensive degree program in studio art, intended for students who plan to pursue a professional career in art or to prepare for specialized graduate study, in particular the master of fine arts. The degree requires 73 credit hours in the major, including foundation, skills core, studio specialization and five art history courses. Specializations include ceramics, fibers, new media design, painting, print media and sculpture.

The culminating experience is the two-semester senior thesis project. A cohesive body of work is developed from concept to exhibition, accompanied by written abstract and oral presentation. One semester of foreign language or equivalent is required. Admission to the B.F.A. program is by portfolio review. For more information about this program, contact the Art and Art History Department.

Career Potential

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

Total credit hours in the major: 73

Program Details for Art Studio: Bachelor of Fine Arts [BFA_BFAS]

Art: Concentration in Art History [ART_ARTH]

Art History survey courses — ATH 121, 122, 223 — provide a systematic exploration of the major art traditions of the world. Upper-division courses — 200-level and above — introduce the student to more intensive study of the art of a particular period or region through a variety of approaches and techniques of art historical analysis. ATH 429: Advanced Topics in Art History often is used to meet the special interests of students and to take advantage of new art discoveries and major exhibitions.

The diverse interests of Cortland’s Art History faculty provide the student with opportunities to broaden global and multicultural awareness through an understanding of artistic achievement in our own and other cultures. For more information about this program, contact the Art and Art History Department

Career Potential

  • art historian
  • art education
  • museum practices
  • curator
  • art criticism
  • archivist
  • researcher

Program Details for Art: Concentration in Art History [ART_ARTH]

Art: Concentration in Studio Art [ART_ARTS]


Art: Minor with a Specialization in Art History [ART]

Art and Art History Department
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 222
607-753-4316

Career Potential

  • Art historian
  • Art educator
  • Art critic
  • Museum practices
  • Curator
  • Archivist
  • Researcher

Program Details for Art: Minor with a Specialization in Art History [ART]

Art: Minor with a Specialization in Studio Art [ART]

Art and Art History Department
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 232
607-753-4316

Career Potential

  • Art education
  • Book art design
  • Corporate art buyers
  • Artists in ceramics, fiber arts, design, painting, printmaking, sculpture

Program Details for Art: Minor with a Specialization in Studio Art [ART]

New Media Design [NMD]

The Art and Art History Department offers the major in New Media Design which provides in-depth exposure to the changing area of new media while at the same time maintaining a critical core of studio foundations and art history. Majors have the opportunity to work directly with digital video, digital photography, and audio and multimedia production in a technology laboratory setting. For specific information, contact the Art and Art History Department. Admission to the New Media Design program is by portfolio review.

Career Potential

  • Graphic design
  • Digital Imaging
  • Web page design
  • Advertising Art
  • Animation

Program Details for New Media Design [NMD]