Our studio art program encompasses a variety of hands-on courses in ceramics, drawing, design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Through peer and group discussion and critique, you will advance from foundation studies to specialize in a medium of your choice. You can use the numerous work-study, assistantship or study abroad programs to gain valuable, practical experience.

Launch your career


The intensive BFA degree is limited to select students chosen through a separate application process, students must present a strong portfolio, exemplary academic performance and solid writing skills. Students in the BA program can combine their studies with a second major or minor.


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

  • Independent studio artist
  • Critic
  • Cartoonist/graphic novel artist
  • Storyboard/concept artist
  • Art director
  • Gallery owner/assistant
  • Art manager
  • Art therapist
  • Photographer

Graduate studies may include

  • Education
  • Business
  • Psychology/therapy


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.

“Since I started taking studio courses, I think about a lot of things I have never considered before, so my drawings have improved. I’ve never been so busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

— Stephanie Arney ’12