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Department of Art

Scot E. Bennett, Director

The Art Department offers the following degrees:

  • Art Education, B.S.
  • Fine Arts with an Art Emphasis, B.A.
  • Studio Art, B.A.
  • Studio Art, B.S.
  • Studio Art-Graphic Design Concentration, B.S.
  • Time-Based Media, B.S.

Students majoring in Studio Art may focus their studies by selecting a minimum of 9 hours in a specific studio discipline, such as painting, ceramics, printmaking, etc.  The Graphic Design concentration is a 21-hour specifically designed course of study.  Time-Based Media and Art Education are more discipline-specific degrees.

The art programs at Roberts Wesleyan College are designed to expand students’ breadth of experience and understanding in the visual arts. The Art Department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The art programs prepare students for a variety of pursuits, including teaching, work in commercial areas, and graduate study. Art internships with local businesses provide students with on-the-job experience. Internships are arranged according to individual career objectives. Communication majors may select a concentration in Graphic Design. (See Communication major listed under the Division of Religion and Humanities.)


While preparing a portfolio is not a requirement for admission to RWC, it is however an Art Department and scholarship requirement for all incoming art students.  The Art faculty regard the Portfolio Review as a critical opportunity to get to know our incoming students.  The intent is that the faculty be informed of the achievement level, experience, and aptitude for success of all our students.  Specific requirements for the portfolio can be obtained by calling the Art Department at 585.594.6210 or by visiting our Department web page on the RWC website (

Special Notes

  • While non-art majors may take any 100- or 200-level course without prior studio experience, it is recommended that ART 102 and ART 103 or 104 be completed as a foundation prior to enrolling in other studio electives.  
  • All studio courses require a studio fee.