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


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.


Committed to the Liberal Arts your faculty will mentor you in a variety of mediums, both technically and conceptually, to help you develop innovative creativity and richness as a visual communicator.



Learn about Art in Context international locations such as London, Paris, Rome, Orvieto, Florence and Venice, Madrid, Berlin, Munich, Dresden, and Prague.

Students have also taken advantage of the LA Film Studies program through the CCCU "Best Semester" programs and and studied at prestigious universities such as Oxford - England and Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute - Florence, Italy.


First year skill-building in both studio and digital media enables you to effectively choose a concentration in which you excel.


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. Cultivate your potential as an emerging artist.


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.

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

Andrew Cramer '03

Senior User Experience Designer

Case Commons

Mel Crosson '15


Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex


Brian D'Angelo '07

Associate Creative Director

RES Exhibit Services

Christina (Ford) Palma '12

Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer: Lifestyle Blogger

CR Photos

RJ Clarke '10

Senior Graphic Designer/Interactive Lead

Business Legal Resources

Who Will I Meet?


Rachel Lindke

Graphic Design, 2018
SALT Public Relations Media Coordinator

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.


Madelyn Smith

Ceramics and Religion & Philosophy dual major, 2018

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.


Katie McDermott

Studio Art and Child and Special Education dual major, 2016

My four years here at Roberts have helped me become a capable and confident individual. When I first started out as a freshman, I was insecure in my work and my capabilities, but I have grown to develop my own style and areas of interest that express who I am as an artist. The small class sizes help generate a sense of community between the students and faculty. My professors are not only supportive and honest with me about my work but they are also there for me on a more personal level.


Marcus Paige

Photography, 2017

I discovered a welcoming community that supports and cares about one another when I transferred to Roberts. The people I’ve met and the professors I’ve had are all part of what has made my time at Roberts so unforgettable. To be surrounded by such encouraging people has helped me greatly in developing into the man I need to be and who God created me to be. Roberts has given me the opportunity to focus on growing in my faith and to pursue my passion in the field of photography. I am looking forward to my path ahead because of the work that started here at Roberts.


Kate Hill

Studio Art and Business dual major, 2018

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.


Caleb Miller

Graphic Design, 2017
Vice President of SMAC (Student Multicultural Advisory Council)

My favorite aspect of the Art Department is its strong sense of community. My classmates and I have grown together over the years as artists, academics, and as marketable professionals under the teaching of the professors. I am very confident in my ability to get a job in my field after I graduate because I am educated in more than just my major. I wouldn't be the artist that I am today if it wasn’t for the immense amount of support and encouragement that I have received from this department.


Rebekah Sanchez

Photography 2017

Roberts Wesleyan College has prepared me to be a well-rounded individual, which in turn has helped me become a stronger artist. I am excited to go out into the workforce with the education I’ve received from the Visual Arts department here at Roberts. I’ve learned technical and professional skills as well as people skills on how to make my subjects be themselves when in front of my camera lens. I’m thankful for the variety of art disciplines that has been at my fingertips during my four years of enrollment. The guidance I have been given by all of the professors in the art department has impacted me, changed me, and prepared me to be a professional.

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