School of Communication Media and the Arts

The Art Department at SUNY Oswego

The study of art encompasses both the active creation of visual objects in the studio and the investigation of their social context, and their meaning in respect to art history. One of the select art departments to earn accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Art Department at SUNY Oswego seeks students ready for demanding programs that offer opportunity for diversity and focus. We seek fearless students wanting to be among the select few that can understand where the world has been, define the world as it is today, and speculate on the world of tomorrow.

Students at Work

Majors in the Art Department

  • Major
    Art History
    Bachelors of Art (BA)

  • Major
    Graphic Design
    Bachelors of Art (BA) or Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA)

  • Minor
    Museum Studies

  • Minor
    Arts Management <

  • Minor
    Expressive Arts Therapy

At Oswego, students can elect degree programs that include the Bachelors of Art. For students with exceptional ability we offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art or Graphic Design

Minors in the Art Department

Graduate Studies in the Art Department:

Many students, especially those in the competitive Bachelor of Fine Arts program, go on to graduate studies, including in our Master of Arts Teaching program.

Facilities at Oswego 

Facilities in Tyler Hall include two galleries and studios as diverse as ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, and foundation design. The building also houses a woodshop and digital imaging lab. The graphic design program in Lanigan Hall is close to the Center for Communication and Information Technology, and provides ready access to digital media labs, audio/video projects studio, and a portfolio preparation and framing studio.