BA Degree Options

BACHELORS OF ART (BA)

Students earning an art minor or BA degree are given the choice of studying art history, studio art or graphic design. The BA offers ample opportunity for multiple or interdisciplinary studies in various programs across campus including psychology, cognitive science, communications, advertising/marketing, technology education and information science, among others. Many BA students earn a second degree or minor in a complementary area of interest such as psychology, cognitive science, technology education, advertising/marketing, computer science, communications, broadcasting, or information science. BA art students can follow one of three different tracks depending on their chosen concentration:

BA: Track I - Studio Art 

BA: Track II - Art History 

BA: Track III - Graphic Design 

BA: Track I - Studio Art 

Studio offerings include Drawing, Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Graphic Design. Students in the BA Studio Art program look for careers in diverse areas. If students combine the BA with a second major or minor they are able to seek opportunities in many fields including Scientific Illustration, Arts Management, and Art Therapy, as well as Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology. Some BA students continue in graduate studies in Business, Art Therapy, Education, the Cognitive or the Social Sciences.

BA - STUDIO ART REQUIREMENTS (40 Semester Hours):

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • ART 111 - Freshmen Colloquium or ART 311 Transfer Student Colloquium 1
  • ART 105 - Design Concepts 1 - 2D
  • ART 106 - Concepts 2 - 3D
  • ART 207 - Digital Media - Static
  • ART 210 - Drawing 1
  • ART 243 - Intro Digital Photography

STUDIO CORE REQUIREMENTS: 

  • 2nd Course in 3-D
  • One from ART 230 Ceramics, 245 Sculpture, 318 Modeling and Animation, 324 Book Arts
  • ART 215 - Painting
  • ART 496 - Studio Practicum

STUDIO ELECTIVES: 
Choose 2 courses in ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. 
Note: ART 322 is required for all transfer students who do not take ART 210 at SUNY Oswego.

ART HISTORY/MUSEUM STUDIES REQUIREMENTS:

  • ART 250 - Survey of Art 1
  • ART 251 - Survey of Art 2
  • Upper division Art Hist/Museum Studies


BA: Track II - Art History
Offerings in Art History are particularly extensive for a college the size of Oswego. Students take a two semester Survey of Art and may select upper division courses such as Twentieth-Century, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic, Native American, or Museum Studies. Students in Museum Studies and Art History look for careers in institutions and archives.

BA - ART HISTORY REQUIREMENTS (40 Semester Hours):

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS:
  • ART 111 - Freshmen Colloquium or ART 311 - Transfer Student Colloquium
  • Choice of ART 102 - Topics in Traditional Media or ART 105 - Design Concepts I
  • ART 207 - Digital Media-Static

ART HISTORY CORE REQUIREMENTS:

  • ART 250 - Western Heritage I - Survey of Art I
  • ART 251 - Western Heritage II - Survey of Art II
  • One Course in Non-Western ART History
  • One Course in Modern or Contemporary Art History
  • ART 353 - Twentieth-Century Art
  • ART 471 - Senior Seminar in Contemporary Art and Design
  • ART 499 - Independent Study

ART HISTORY OR MUSEUM STUDIES ELECTIVES: 
Three Art History or Museum Studies courses chosen under advisement. 

DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES:
One course with the prefix of ART or ARH.

BA: Track III - Graphic Design
Offerings include Drawing, Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Multimedia Design, Illustration, Photography, and Printmaking. Students who earn this degree look for careers as in-house Graphic Designers as well as work in design studios and advertising agencies. Students who couple a BA in Graphic Design with a second major can work in any number of Graphic Communication and Telecommunication fields. Some BA students opt for graduate studies in MA and MFA programs in Graphic Design, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Advertising and Marketing. Others continue on the graduate level in such twenty-first century disciplines as Information Architecture or Human Computer Interface Design.

BA - GRAPHIC DESIGN REQUIREMENTS (40 Semester Hours):

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS:
  • ART 111 - Freshmen Colloquium or ART 311 - Transfer Student Colloquium 1
  • ART 105 - Design Concepts I - 2D
  • ART 106 - Concepts II - 3D
  • ART 207 - Digital Media - Static
  • ART 210 - Drawing I
  • ART 243 - Intro Digital Photography


GRAPHIC DESIGN CORE REQUIREMENTS:

  • ART 209 - Typography 
  • ART 307 - Type and Image
  • ART 414 - Graphic Design Practicum

GRAPHIC DESIGN ELECTIVES: 
Choose two  not previously taken in Digital Media, Graphic Design, Photography, Printmaking, and Illustration

Note: ART 323 is required for all transfer students who do not take ART 207 at SUNY Oswego

ART HISTORY/MUSEUM STUDIES REQUIRMENTS:

  • ART 250 - Survey of Art I
  • ART 251 - Survey of Art II
  • ART 365 - History of Graphic Design

Options For Second Majors & Minors

Combinations Suggested for BA: Track I – Studio Art

Preparing For Work In A Gallery Or Museum

  • A minor in Arts Management. May also wish to consider a minor in Business Administration with a Marketing Emphasis, or Business Administration—Leadership Emphasis
  • A minor in Art History
  • A second major in Public Relations

Preparing For Work Or Graduate Study In Art Therapy

  • A minor in Expressive Art Therapy

Combinations Suggested for BA: Track II – Art History

Preparing For Work In A Gallery Or Museum

  • A minor in Arts Management. May also wish to consider a minor in Business Administration with a Marketing Emphasis, or Business Administration—Leadership Emphasis
  • A second major in Public Relations

Combinations Suggested for BA: Track III – Graphic Design

Preparing For Work In An Agency Or Large Company

  • Second major in Public Relations. May also wish to consider a minor in Business Administration with a Marketing Emphasis
  • Minor in Business Administration—Marketing Emphasis. May also wish to consider a second minor in Business Administration—Leadership Emphasis

Preparing For Work In The Telecommunications Industry

  • Second major in Broadcasting and Mass Communication

Preparing For Work Or Graduate Studies In Web Or Multimedia Design

  • Second major in Information Science
  • Minor in Information Science. May also wish to consider a second minor in Computer Science.

Preparing For Work Or Graduate Studies In Scenic Art Or Environmental Art Design

  • Second major or minor in Theatre with a focus on Set Design and Stage Craft.