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Students enrolled in the SUNY Oswego Art Department can choose from Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, or Master of Art in Teaching degree programs. A variety of minors are also available. 

Undergraduate Programs

The BA program offers opportunities for multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary study. Students can major or minor in a second subject, including:

  • advertising and marketing
  • arts management
  • broadcasting
  • cognitive science
  • communications
  • information science
  • psychology
  • public relations
  • technology education
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Bachelor of Art (BA)

Students earning a BA degree can follow one of these tracks:

  • Track I – Studio Art
  • Track II – Illustration


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Bachelor of Art (BA) Interaction Design

Interaction Design students explore the intersection of storytelling, technology, communication, and design. 


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BFA Art Exhibit

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

BFA students have four degree options:

  • Studio Art, Fine Art
  • Studio Art, Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Interaction Design

Bachelor of Art (BA) 
Graphic Design

Degree Offerings:

  • BFA Graphic Design
  • BA Track III - Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design Minor

Offerings include Drawing, Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Multimedia Design, Illustration, Photography, and Printmaking. Students who earn this degree look for careers as in-house Graphic Designers as well as work in design studios and advertising agencies. Students who couple a BA in Graphic Design with a second major can work in any number of Graphic Communication and Telecommunication fields. Some BA students opt for graduate studies in MA and MFA programs in Graphic Design, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Advertising and Marketing. Others continue on the graduate level in such twenty-first century disciplines as Information Architecture or Human Computer Interface Design.

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BA Graphic Design


The BFA is limited to a select group of students chosen through a separate application process. The program is extensive, demanding, and access is limited. Admission requires a diverse portfolio, exemplary academic performance and natural talent.


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Additional Areas of Study

Interaction Design Micro Credential

This micro credential will add value to graduate students in HCI, Graphic Design, and Communication. Skills that students will study include:

  • web design
  • user experience
  • animation principles
  • digital storytelling
  • communication 

Interaction Design Microcredential

Studio Art Advanced Certificate

This program asks students to further their artistic focus in a continued development of their creative practice. Students may focus on:

  • ceramics
  • drawing
  • 2D or 3D design 
  • digital art
  • graphic design
  • illustration
  • multimedia
  • painting
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • interdisciplinary studies

Graduate Programs

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Master of Arts (MA) in Studio Art

This selective program emphasizing studio art includes several phases of professional competence in the department with the possible inclusion of other disciplines outside the department when necessary.

MA Studio Art

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Master of Arts (MA) in Graphic Design & Digital Media

The graphic design and digital media program consists of courses in studio classes, design thesis, history, theory and practice. The curriculum is structured into two tracks, offering the opportunity to develop a specialization or general study within design to complement an undergraduate degree.

MA Graphic Design & Digital Media

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Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) in Art Education

This program explores children's developmental art processes and explains why art education is so important in today's schools. Throughout your coursework and student teaching experiences, you will develop as a teacher from day one.

MAT Art Education


Art Program Coordinator 

Juan Perdiguero
223 Tyler Hall  


Graphic Design &
Digital Media Program Coordinator 

Cara Thompson
32A Lanigan Hall 


MAT Program Coordinator

Dr. Pat Russo
218 Wilber Hall