Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art Studio
- Prepare for a career in art or continue on to graduate study
- Gain a solid technical foundation in art and confidence in your skills
- Learn to apply high quality standards and good aesthetic judgment
- Concentrate on one or more artistic disciplines of your choosing
- Develop your personal vision and method of expression
- Study the history of art and its place in society over the years
What Will I Learn?
The B.F.A. program is an intensive, professional degree that prepares students for art careers or graduate study in either fine arts or graphic design. Students obtain a solid foundation and broad studio experience, as well as one or more in-depth concentrations in graphic design, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. B.F.A. students are reviewed annually and their studies culminate in a senior exhibition. B.F.A. candidates graduate with technical competence, aesthetic judgment and a strong commitment to artistic quality.
The foundation studio art experience is an integral component of student preparation in the visual arts. The strength of the foundation program rests on a synthesis of drawing, two- and three-dimensional design and art history survey courses. These introductory courses provide the language for visual thinking. The foundation studio art program, along with a broad liberal arts education, provide the building blocks for developing our students’ creative individuality.
Every art major elects at least one studio area of concentration with a focus on building a mature level of creative expression. This in-depth involvement also enables our students to create a professional level portfolio for their future goals. Many of our students choose to continue their education in a Master of Fine Arts program.
Concentrations are available in:
- Graphic Design
What is Unique About Our Program?
The friendly, professional and collaborative faculty of the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Department provide a first-class studio education in a facility to which students have access 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Extracurricular opportunities are offered through the student-led Plattsburgh Association of the Visual Arts and the Visual Artist Series. The Plattsburgh State Art Museum, with its Museum without Walls program and Sculpture Park, is another valuable resource. And SUNY Plattsburgh’s location is unique: lakes, rivers, forests, and mountains abound, while urban centers such as Montreal in Canada and Burlington, Vt., are within an hour’s drive from campus.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
What Can You do with a Degree in Art?
There is a wide variety of jobs artists can hold, some they planned or hoped to have and some they never dreamed of having. Some examples are:
- Art conservator/restorer
- Museum curator
- Master printmaker
- Book illustrator
- Production potter
- Graphic designer
- Advertising photographer
- Portrait photographer
- Industrial photographer
- Furniture designer
- Art teacher
- Art therapist
- Jewelry designer... the list goes on and on.