Studio Art B.A. and B.S.

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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.

Program Highlights


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


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


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

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.

Where Can It Take Me?


  • 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

Who Will I Meet?


Juliana Kettinger

Ceramics/3-D and Spanish, 2019

As someone who has been drawn to, but not always challenged by art throughout my life, Roberts has stretched me in ways that I did not even know were possible. The small, personal class sizes create an atmosphere that is unique and special. Roberts makes the college experience more than just a place to get a degree. It's a place where life lessons are learned that not only are helpful for my future employment, but beneficial to my entire life. I have bettered my artistic skills exponentially since attending Roberts and I look forward to all the learning to come.


Mike Bush

Studio Art - Painting, 2019

I am on a mission to tell stories about African Americans that many people haven’t heard. I’m from a place where events get pushed under the rug. As person of color, I believe that it is my duty to utilize my voice through my work to bring these stories to the light. Painting is my way of communicating those experiences.

The Roberts Art Department is the place to be because the professors here push you to your limits. They are very caring and want nothing but the best out of you. In addition to my classes, I’m on the Men’s Basketball team and the school Senate.


Virginia Patrick

Studio Art -Drawing/Painting & Music (double major),  2020

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 can 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.


Zach Brown

Studio Art - Photography, 2019

Photography is a passion of mine and I create to express what my words cannot. I love photography because it gives me the ability to create moments and stories in a field that is evolving in exciting ways. The professors in the Art Department care so much about you and the work that you make. I’ve used them and the department resources to learn all I can!

I have been involved in several clubs which have enriched my time at Roberts, including CRU (an outreach club), BASIC (worship based club), and SMAC (student multicultural advisory club).


Dana Miller

Studio Art -Graphic Design, 2020

I want to inform and bring happiness to my viewers by creating characters and artwork that they can connect with. In my Graphic Design classes, I have focused on character design and how to convey emotion and information effectively.

I am the Head of Social Media for Ecology Club. This role helped me educate people about the environment, a topic I am passionate about. I am also the Vice President of the Art Club.

Scot Bennett

Scot Bennett began his teaching career at Central Michigan University, moving to Northwest Nazarene University, and was at Houghton College for nineteen years before coming to Roberts Wesleyan. Professor Bennett enjoys leading the Art in Context trips, which have traveled to locations including Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Venice, Prague, Berlin, Munich, Dresden, and Madrid.

Professor Bennett considers being an active producing studio artist a requisite for teaching in the visual arts. His work combines the vocabulary of traditional and representational religious symbol with contemporary formalist mark-making in a dynamic exploration of his faith. He has an extensive exhibition record with work exhibited in galleries and churches both locally and at the region level.

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