Visual Arts

In the Visual Art Program, you will investigate the beauty and richness of God’s good creation through intense studio exploration both in traditional technique and contemporary approach. These studio programs work in concert with Art History and liberal arts courses to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of visual language and our visual heritage.


Program Highlights

<h2 style="text-align: center;">INTENTIONALLY DIVERSE STUDIO ART AND DESIGN CURRICULUM</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">Committed to the <em>Liberal Arts</em> your faculty will mentor you in a variety of mediums, both technically and conceptually, to help you develop innovative creativity and richness as a <em>visual communicator.</em></p> <p> </p>
<h2 style="text-align: center;">AFTER GRADUATION</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">From the class of 2017, 100% of employed graduates are working in their field of choice and 90% of all grads are employed or in graduate school. </p>
<h2 style="text-align: center;">CREATIVITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">Committed to a tradition of emphasizing both technical skill and conceptual integrity, we will encourage you through a richness of classes and experiences to be sensitive insightful contemporary emerging artists and designers.</p>
<h2 style="text-align: center;">SMALL CLASSES</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">With a typical studio class size of 12 students, and professors committed to Relationship-based teaching, you will be mentored as well as instructed to foster your artistic potential.</p>
<h2 style="text-align: center;">ENGAGE IN THE ARTS</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><br />Join the Art Club and visit museums and galleries in the Rochester region and travel with us to national and international art centers. Participate in student exhibitions, workshops and artists' lectures. <strong>Cultivate your potential as an emerging artist.</strong></p>
<h2 style="text-align: center;">STUDY ART ABROAD</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a data-id="5667" href="/undergraduate/majors-and-programs/visual-arts/art-study-abroad/" title="Art Study Abroad">Learn about Art in Context international locations</a> such as<span> London, Paris, Rome, Orvieto, Florence and Venice, Madrid, Berlin, Munich, Dresden, and Prague. <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span>Students have also taken advantage of the <strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="L.A. Film Studies program - CCCU - Best Semester">LA Film Studies program</a></strong> through the CCCU "Best Semester" programs and and studied at prestigious universities such as <strong>Oxford - England </strong>and<strong> Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute - Florence, Italy</strong>. </span></p>
<h2 style="text-align: center;">FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">First year skill-building in both studio and digital media enables you to effectively choose a concentration in which you excel.</p>

Standard Completion Time
Four Year Program


What Will I Learn?

We offer two different programs:

Studio Art (BS or BA)

includes Graphic Design and Photography


Digital Media Art (BS)

The first year you will embark on an exciting journey through our foundations courses such as drawing, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design and electronic media. Later, you will pick a concentration (BS) or focus (BA) and specialize in that area. 

Your concentration options are:


Drawing and Painting

Graphic Design



Digital Media Art (Visual Storytelling)

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

Graduate Schools

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

Alumni Success

Who Will I Meet?

<div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-6"><img class="img-responsive" src="/media/9950/art_meetjuliana_sm.jpg" alt="student" /></div> <div class="col-sm-6"> <h2>Juliana Kettinger</h2> <h4>Ceramics/3-D and Spanish, 2019</h4> <p>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.</p> </div> </div>
<p> </p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-6"><img class="img-responsive" src="/media/8237/1-rachel_cropped.jpg" alt="student" /></div> <div class="col-sm-6"> <h2>Rachel Lindke</h2> <h4>Graphic Design, 2018<br />SALT Public Relations Media Coordinator</h4> <p>From the first time I stepped into Carpenter Hall I felt right at home. This building, apart from housing the Mac lab -- which feels like my second home -- is where I have met some of the most amazing people ever. I have never met professors who are so dedicated to helping me succeed. They not only push me to my fullest potential in class, but they also truly care about my life outside of the classroom. These genuine relationships have helped me to grow in my confidence as an artist. My classmates, as well, are a support and encouragement. I know, just by walking into the building in the morning, that I am going to be challenged and encouraged while learning skills that I will be able to use as a graphic designer for my future career.</p> </div> </div>
<div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-6"><img class="img-responsive" src="/media/8238/2-madelyn_cropped.jpg" alt="student" /></div> <div class="col-sm-6"> <h2>Madelyn Smith</h2> <h4>Ceramics and Religion &amp; Philosophy dual major, 2018</h4> <p>When I first arrived, I honestly was not sure if Roberts was the right fit for me. However, as soon as I took my first class I began to get excited about my college career. What changed was I realized that all the professors here truly care about their students, and take the time, not only to learn our names, but also about us as people. I have grown so much in my faith and skill, and I owe it all to this college. I am truly blessed to be a part of this community then encouraged me to take risks, learn about myself, and maintain my faith in Christ.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p>
<div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-6"><img class="img-responsive" src="/media/8241/5-kate_cropped.jpg" alt="student" /></div> <div class="col-sm-6"> <h2>Kate Hill</h2> <h4>Studio Art and Business dual major, 2018</h4> <p>Roberts means opportunity. The support from professors here is almost like having second parents. They are really attuned to what you want to achieve and how to get you there. If I had not come here, I would never have gotten the unique experience I’ve had so far. Maybe then, I wouldn’t have had the courage to study abroad at Oxford either.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p>

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