Studio Art B.A. and B.S.

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Be exposed to all aspects of Art.

The Studio Art program is committed to a tradition of emphasizing both technical skill and conceptual integrity. The curriculum is designed to expand students’ breadth of experience and understanding in various studio, media art and design disciplines.

Studio Art majors may select either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree is for those students who wish to take a broad or more liberal base of courses, while the Bachelor of Science degree represents extensive work in a studio discipline.

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Program Highlights

100% of employed grads are working in their fields; 90% of all grads are employed or in graduate school.

Class sizes of 12 or less and professors dedicated to mentoring their students.

Visit local, national, and international galleries and museums and participate in student exhibitions and workshops.

Greater Stories

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Roberts has been the perfect place to merge my love for art, music, and writing. I found professors who were excited to blend my passions into my curriculum so I could excel in the things I love. I believe artistic, musical, and written works all share a narrative value. Every one of my pieces tells a story. Here at Roberts, I didn't have to choose one discipline over another.

Virginia Patrick, Studio Art-Drawing/Painting & Music '20

What Will I Learn

You will start your program with our Foundations Program, including courses in drawing, 2D design, 3D design, and digital media. Then, you will choose a specific concentration or focus, and through a series of courses and studios, you will grow to be a sensitive, insightful, contemporary emerging artists/designers.

Throughout the program, you will be introduced to a variety of media, including graphic design, ceramics, printmaking, digital media art, painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture. Studio coursework is completed in conjunction with a series of art history and contemporary art issues courses.

The path of these explorations culminate in a yearlong Senior Capstone project/exhibition. In addition, many students also complete a studio, gallery, or media/design internship.

Career Outlook


  • Dixon Schwabl Advertising
  • The Strong - National Museum of Play
  • Visual Studies Workshop
  • Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery
  • The Eastman Museum (formally The George Eastman House)
  • Pyramid Arts Center
  • Wegmans Corporate Offices
  • Creative Shapes Incorporated
  • Worldvision Canada

Our Graduates are:

  • Studio Artists
  • Art Directors
  • Graphic Designers
  • Interactive Media Designers
  • Photographers
  • Photojournalists
  • Independent Film/Video Producers
  • Collegiate, Private and K-12 Art Teachers
  • "Creatives" at non-profit organizations

Grad Schools

  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Visual Studies Workshop
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • The Art Institutes – San Francisco
  • Central Academy for Fine Art - Beijing, China

Frequently Asked Questions

A studio arts major includes a variety of visual art mediums involving anything from painting, drawing, and sculpting to photography, printing, art history, and graphic design, and more. If you are looking into pursuing an art career, then this program is a great way to start. A studio art class is also one of the more popular art programs.

The variety of studio art classes on offer provides a wide enough range for you to choose the ones that are best suited to what you want to do. Each artist more than likely will eventually specialize in a particular area, and the different studio art classes provide the freedom to discover and choose. Studio art degrees are considered a popular choice when it comes to visual arts majors.

Some careers for people with studio art degrees are animator, art director, artist, graphic designer, industrial designer, interior designer, and photographer, which usually require a bachelor's degree or equivalent amount of experience.

The benefits of obtaining an art degree include heightening your creative efforts and collaborating with other artists across different disciplines. Taking a variety of art courses also prepares you to be flexible for your future career.

Related Majors

Art Education - Become an Art Teacher. This degree will prepare students for New York State certification in Visual Art Education for kindergarten through grade 12.
Digital Media Art - Get your degree in digital media art and learn visual storytelling (film/ video/ photo), visual communication, media art & design, communication arts, and media.
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