With the various options for study available in our art program, you'll gain many opportunities to create and a thorough understanding of the creative process. Our BA degree offers tracks that allow you specialize in studio art, graphic design and art history, and we also offer even greater focus with a BFA degree in studio art and a BFA degree in graphic design.

The study of art encompasses the creation of visual objects and investigation into their social context, their past and their meaning in art history. Our art department's creative spaces and opportunities, avenues for individual and group projects, professors with varied art backgrounds and several majors and minors offer many paths to fulfillment and future success.

Launch your career


Oswego keeps a very active schedule for students to present work in spaces that include galleries on campus as well as at Oswego State Downtown and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse. Clubs including Arts Alive and Break Thru Design let you connect and collaborate with peers while developing additional portfolio pieces. Internships and co-op opportunities add to your professional qualifications.


Opportunities include

  • Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Art historian
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Museum professional
  • Gallery worker

Graduate studies may include

  • Art
  • Art education
  • Art therapy
  • Museum studies


In addition to Tyler Art Gallery spaces where you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work, we offer multiple studios specializing in ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting photography and foundation design, plus woodshop and digital-imaging labs. Our home in Tyler Hall reopens with new luster in 2016 following over a year of renovations.

“The program at Oswego has prepared me for the future in many ways. I've had the opportunity to take classes in a wide range of topics, including figure drawing, traditional and digital illustration, layout and package design, web design, creative coding and interactive app design. This had certainly made a more diverse candidate for applying to any design positions I may be looking for in the future.”

— Mackenzie Gillett ’15