About the Department of Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design at SUNY Oswego, seeks students ready for demanding programs that offer the 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.

Our majors and programs train students for careers in many professions including studio art, graphic design, web design, multimedia, illustration, photography, ceramics, museum studies, expressive arts therapy, arts management, and interaction design. In addition, many students, especially those in the competitive bachelor of fine arts (BFA) program, go on to graduate studies, including in our master of arts teaching (MAT) program.

Facilities include galleries and studios as diverse as our degree offerings and areas of study. Studios are newly renovated. Spacious and well maintained. Facilities also include a woodshop and several digital imaging labs with high-end digital printing capabilities. Tyler Art Gallery and the Corner Gallery have year-round programming. Advanced students can apply for space in one of several student studios. All students can ask for passes allowing 24-hour, seven days a week access.

Student groups like Arts Alive!, Oz Design Club, Photography Club and the Student Art Exhibition Committee encourage exhibitions and field trips. Showcase opportunities include our annual juried exhibition, BFA exhibits each semester for those graduating.  Students completing their MA also exhibit, and master of arts in teaching students participate in a bi-annual exhibition with their student teaching sponsor and select student work. Student work attracts the campus, community and media to the galleries in Tyler Hall and at SUNY Oswego’s downtown Syracuse campus.

Our graduates work in wide variety of careers. Some go on to museums, galleries, advertising agencies, media companies, graphic design and interaction design firms, and more. Others pursue self-employed studio work. They find opportunities in photography, illustration, digital design, information science, education, motion graphics, integrated media design, book arts, web, UX design, and many other fields.