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Bachelor of Arts in

Program of Study


Explore traditional and emerging mediums through curriculum well-defined in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture, video art or digital work. Discover new and different sources of inspiration as you pursue an established medium or expand your talents across a wide spectrum of forms and styles, with each discipline instructed by knowledgeable and experienced faculty.

Faculty members are active, practicing artists with a deep understanding of their mediums and the ability to help you find your own voice and style. Contemplate diverse and fascinating perspectives through guest lectures by artists and historians hosted by the department.

(36 credits)

Core Courses

  • Beginning Drawing
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Fundamentals of Photography and Related Media
  • Survey of Art in the Western World I & II


18 credits from electives with an A ART prefix; 3 of these credits may be from any course that applies to the art history major

Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. 

Combine your Art degree with the MS in Information Science program. This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Career Outcomes

Seek further education, harness design sense in a behind-the-scenes creative role, or take an administrative role in the art world, with a degree in art. Diverse and compelling art career options include:

  • Teaching and other professions that benefit from creative problem-solving
  • Graduate study in fine art or art history
  • Gallery or museum administration
  • Art therapy
  • Photojournalism
  • Design work in print, video or film, multimedia, or theater
  • Product or furniture design


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"What I love about being an art major is that the work is hands-on, which prepares you more for what you want to do after college. Each professor gives me the privilege to express my thoughts and passion towards the work I do."

-Antwine Sakil, class of 2019

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • All art courses consist of visual and conceptual projects supplemented by lectures, demonstrations, museum visits, and group critiques. With these components, studio courses prepare our majors to comprehend the principles of artistic expression, while they learn the necessary skills to work in the medium explored in the course.
  • Creating: Students in the program are able to produce artwork that demonstrates an understanding of basic design principles, concepts, tools, and media of the various studio art areas. Students learn how to create their own artwork by exploring interests, issues, and concerns relevant to the student and our contemporary world.
  • Presenting: Students in the program are taught that fabricating––or physically making––their artwork is only one part of their art making obligation. They are also responsible for displaying their work to the class and speaking about their project in an intelligent and thoughtful manner.
  • Interpreting: Students in the program develop abilities to critically interpret their work and other works of art formally, expressively, conceptually, and culturally. They are demonstrating the ability to discern what a particular artwork is striving to communicate, as well as what is and is not significant about it.
  • Evaluating: Students learn and utilize a vocabulary to evaluate an artwork based on its strengths and weaknesses. During a critique, or group discussion, a series of questions are asked to determine the success of the student’s artwork based on their choice of materials, techniques, deign principles, concepts, and displays, to name a few.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication (Fully Online Option)
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies (Fully Online Option)
  • Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • Documentary Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Film Studies
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • English
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Game Design and Development
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History (Fully Online Option)
  • Informatics (Fully Online Option)
  • Instrumental Performance
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism (Fully Online Option)
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Music
  • Musical Performance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
  • Psychology (Fully Online Option)
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology (Fully Online Option)
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Vocal Performance
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies