The study of art encompasses the creation of visual objects and investigation into their social context, their past and their meaning in art history. 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 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.

By working with both studio and graphic arts, students are given opportunities to expand their artistic horizons, define and use current methodologies and firmly grasp the importance of their work in multiple aspects of modern society. Students and faculty boldly explore the tangible and the rhetorical dimensions of art.

Clubs including Arts Alive and Break Thru Design let you connect and collaborate with peers while developing additional portfolio pieces, while internships and co-op opportunities add to your professional qualifications.

We offer multiple studios specializing in ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting, photography and foundation design, plus woodshop and digital-imaging labs.



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 in Twentieth-Century, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic, Native American arts; or Museum Studies. Students in museum studies and art history look for careers in institutions and archives.

Graphic Design

Offerings include drawing, design, graphic design, web design, multimedia design, illustration, photography and printmaking.

Studio Art

Studio offerings include drawing, design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and graphic design.


Our BA degree offers tracks that allow you to specialize in studio art, graphic design and art history with even further specialization in a concentration of your choice. 

For talented students seeking a demanding program with a high degree of focus, the BFA offers in-depth study of either studio art or graphic design. The BFA is limited to select students chosen through a separate application process. BFA Application

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Tyler Art Gallery

The recently renovated Tyler Art Gallery allows students the opportunity to exhibit their work, and in some cases  gain experience curating and installing their own show. The gallery on campus is just one place students may showcase their work, Oswego keeps a very active schedule for students to present at Oswego State Downtown and SUNY Oswego in Syracuse.


  • Create a portfolio to present at interviews
  • Gain familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and the present, both in the Western and non-Western worlds
  • Develop ease of presenting work and discussing intentions and execution
  • Attain ability to analyze works of art/design and critically evaluate them
  • Build technical skills, perceptual awareness- and understanding of visual organization principles

Career Opportunities

  • Professional artist
  • Art historian
  • Commercial designer/illustrator
  • Gallery worker
  • Museum professional
  • Photographer

The best part about this major is the amount of different areas to study. The fact that I am a graphic design major but I have also learned photography, animation, motion graphics, web design, multimedia and app design is so helpful.

My favorite part about my art major is the small classes. I am a student who needs one-on-one attention to fully grasp concepts, styles and techniques. The professors are extremely knowledgeable about their subjects and are always passion driven.

Program Resources


Learn what it's like to work in a professional setting while still in school.

Get Involved

  • Arts Alive
  • Break Thru Design
  • Photography Club
  • Student Art Exhibition Committee


Apply for this full-time, paid integrated learning experience that allows you to gain hands on experience in a professional environment.

NASAD Accredited

We are one of the select art departments to earn accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Faculty-Led Courses

This unique programs allows students to spend a few weeks studying a course topic before traveling to their destination abroad to experience what they learned in person, on location.

Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.

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