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Bachelor of Arts

Studio Art

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.

Tailor your experience in the art department by choosing a standard 36-credit major or get more in-depth with a 60-credit departmental major, designed to prepare you for graduate-level studies in art.

Honors Program in the Departmental Major in Art

The Honors Program is designed for the exceptionally talented and committed student of art. Successful completion of the program is excellent preparation for graduate work in the Fine Arts. Studio space for Honors Students is limited. Successful completion of the program earns an Honors Certificate in Art and a nomination for graduating with “Honors in Art” from the University.

Degree Requirements for the Major in Art

(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
  • Survey of Art in the Western World 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

Degree Requirements for the Departmental Major in Art

(60 credits)

Core Courses

  • Beginning Drawing
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Fundamentals of Photography and Related Media
  • Life Drawing
  • Beginning Sculpture
  • Beginning Painting
  • Contemporary Etching or Silkscreen Printmaking
  • Introduction to Contemporary Darkroom Practices
  • Intermediate Drawing
  • Senior Studio

Art History

  • Survey of Art in the Western World I
  • Survey of Art in the Western World II
  • 6 credits from courses that apply to the Art History Major

Studio Art Electives

3 credits

Concentration Courses

15 credits

Apply to the 60-credit Departmental Art Major


Studio Art Concentrations
Painting and Drawing

The Painting and Drawing area provides the core of the studio foundation program, offering courses in Drawing, Painting, Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory. Students gain a basic understanding of the formal and conceptual components of Painting and Drawing, as well as a working knowledge of historical and contemporary developments in the media. The primary emphasis is to cultivate a student's comprehension of visual principles and pictorial mechanics as elements that are fundamental to artistic progress. Students are encouraged to employ these skills in seeking a personal artistic expression.

Photography and Related Media

The photography program encourages and facilitates artistic development and sensitivity. Students develop a basic understanding of photographic practices, both historical and contemporary, and explore the myriad ways in which photographs both reflect and define culture. Through courses in black and white and color photography, non-silver processes, and studio photography, students gain empirical knowledge of the many technical and conceptual dimensions of the medium.

The current convergence of most traditional forms of art-making with digital technology presents exciting and complex challenges for artists today. The Photography and Related Media program is structured to empower artists of the future to address these challenges by providing a multi-disciplinary artistic base, informed by a strong foundation in theory and criticism. Students work closely with faculty and peers to develop their unique direction and focus as working artists, utilizing state-of-the-art hardware and software to discover how emerging technologies might inform their work. We are committed to a lucid and critical approach to the myriad tools at artists' disposal today.


The Printmaking Program emphasizes artistic innovation and experimentation, while offering a thorough grounding in both traditional and contemporary technique. Course offerings include Etching, Silkscreen, Digital Printmaking, Collage, Woodcut, Photopolymer Gravure, Monotype, Artists' Books, and Animation. Printmaking is taught in terms of its relationship to the cultural issues of reproduction, communication, exchange, consumption, rarity, and originality, as well to the practices of drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. A "print" may be a mixed media work-on-paper; a paper or printed fabric sculpture; a photo-etching created from a digital file, or a wallpaper installation, for example. The technical procedures employed may continue traditions dating to the Renaissance, utilize digital imaging, or combine both approaches in a single printwork.


Sculpture introduces students to a wide range of technical procedures and provides the means for exploration in both experimental and traditional media. Spacious and well-equipped common work areas shared with the Graduate Students in the new Boor Sculpture Studio, dedicated in Fall, 2002, offer an inspirational environment for creative individual growth. The facilities, designed with extensive safety features, include an undergraduate studio, a complete foundry, a welding and metal fabrication shop, an outdoor work pad, a full wood shop, mold making room, state of the art digital imaging facilities, and experimental presentation space.

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 Studio 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 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



"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
  • Achieve a comprehension of visual principles.
  • Acquire basic foundation skills.
  • Begin to discover their own individual creativity.
  • Develop an area of emphasis in at least one fine arts medium.
  • Develop relational thinking.

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