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Department of Art

204 Tower Fine Arts Building
(585) 395-2206

Chair and Associate Professor: Debra Fisher; Associate Professors: Christopher Burnett, Jennifer Hecker, Lori Mills, Jim Morris; Assistant Professors: Alisia Chase, Timothy Massey; Gallery Director : Timothy Massey; Visual Resource Coordinator, Art/Delta College, Assistant Professor: Kitty Hubbard.

I still can find no better definition for the word art than this: nature, reality, truth; but with a significance, a conception, a character which the artist brings out in it, and to which he gives expression; which he disentangles and makes free and clears up.

—Vincent Van Gogh

Art has been defined as many things: ability, process and product. The Department of Art at SUNY Brockport offers courses and programs which integrate the formal, technical, conceptual, and historical aspects of the visual arts.

Programs: The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Studio Art, and a minor in art history. In addition, the School of Arts and Performance offers an Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Program, in which studio art is one of the specialties. Once a student declares a major, a faculty member in the appropriate area will be assigned as academic advisor.

The Department of Art reserves the right to retain students’ work for a limited period and reproduce work for official purposes such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, and slide lectures. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials they use in their courses. Many studio courses have an additional studio fee for materials used in class.

Resources and Facilities: The Department of Art, located in the Tower Fine Arts Center, has well-equipped studios, two galleries, and a Visual Resource Center, which houses over 112,000 slides and videotapes. An active Art Students’ Association organizes critiques, visiting artist programs, field trips, and exhibitions. SUNY Brockport students benefit from an affiliation with the internationally known Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, which offers a variety of courses in photography, video, film, and book arts. Visual Studies Workshop also offers many exciting seminars and workshops that may be taken for college credit during its Summer Institute. Students at SUNY Brockport have an opportunity to study abroad in the summer program in Faenza, Italy. In addition, students have the opportunity to study the visual arts from a non-Western perspective at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Transfer students: A maximum of 18 transfer credits in art will be accepted by the department toward the studio art major; and a maximum of 39 transfer credits in art will be accepted toward the BFA. Other credits may be used as electives. Credits that correspond to the required courses within the major program may be accepted, as may certain related transfer courses not included in our curriculum. All transfer grades must be “C” or higher to be used to fulfill major requirements.

Studio Art Major (BA/BS)
The studio art major is designed to provide a well-rounded art experience, encompassing two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, art history courses, and a specialty (three levels) in one area. Students majoring in art are encouraged to expand their understanding of art as it relates to other disciplines, cultures, and global concerns.

Studio Art Major Requirements:
In addition to meeting all general SUNY Brockport requirements, studio art majors must complete a total of 36 credits in art and art history as listed below. No more than 54 credits in studio art (or any other single discipline) can be used to satisfy the 120-credit requirement for the BA or BS.

A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in all courses in the major.

Number Required Courses (18 credits) Credits
ARH 201 Survey of World Art I 3
ARH 202 Survey of World Art II 3
ART 210 2-D Design or ART 212 3-D Design 3
ART 221 Drawing I 3
ARH 420 20th-century Art 3
ART 401 Senior Seminar 3
Any two-dimensional courses from the following:(6 credits)
Visual Studies (book arts, film/video, or Digital Art)
Drawing (excluding ART 221)
2-Dimensional Design (if not taken in the above required courses)
Any two three-dimensional courses from the following:
(6 credits)
3-Dimensional Design (if not taken in the above required courses)
A three-course sequence (specialty) in one of the following areas: (6 credits)
Total: 36

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art
The BFA is an intensive degree program in studio art, intended for students who plan to pursue a professional career in art or to prepare for graduate study. BFA students work closely with a professor/mentor in their area of concentration, as well as interact with the entire art faculty through the required courses and semester BFA Reviews. BFA students are encouraged to be active in the Art Students’ Association, which runs Rainbow Gallery, where BFA senior exhibitions take place. BFA students may also take DCE 323 Career Explorations in Art, in which they may receive credit for apprenticeships or internships in artists’ studios, galleries, or alternative spaces.

Students are admitted to the program by a portfolio review. Those who do not have a portfolio may enroll in the BA or BS program in studio art, and begin work on foundation courses to assemble a portfolio. BFA candidates are reviewed each semester and are expected to maintain a 2.5 minimum overall cumulative SUNY Brockport GPA and a 3.0 GPA in art. If advised to discontinue the program, a student may continue as a studio art major in the BA or BS program. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in all courses in the major.

BFA Requirements
Candidates for the BFA must meet all general SUNY Brockport requirements and complete a total of 81 credits in art and art history as indicated below.

Number Required ART Courses (39 credits) Credits
ART 210 2-Dimensional Design 3
ART 212 3-Dimensional Design 3
ART 221 Drawing I 3
ART 322 Drawing II 3
ART 330 Digital Art I 3
ART 331 Photography I 3
ART 341 Painting I 3
ART 351 Printmaking I 3
ART 361 Sculpture I 3
ART 371 Ceramics I 3
ART 401 Senior Seminar 3
ART 402 BFA Senior Exhibition 3
ART 403 Mixed Media 3
Required ARH Courses (12 credits)
ARH 201 Survey of World Art I 3
ARH 202 Survey of World Art II 3
ARH 410 Contemporary Art Criticism 3
ARH 420 20th-century Art 3
Electives in ART, ARH, or related discipline (9 credits)
The following courses are approved electives in the BFA:
ANT 401 Native American Art and Culture 3
DNS 115 Introduction to Dance 3
PSH 352 Sensation /Perception 3
MUS 276 Arts & Humanity 3
MUS 278 African-American Music and Culture 3
PHL 308 The Arts in Society 3
PHL 428 Philosophy of Art 3
THE 202 Stagecraft 3
THE 235 Stage Lighting I 3
THE 244 Costume Construction 3
Concentration in one of the following (21 credits)
Total: 81

Interdisciplinary Arts for Children: Art Specialty
Students seeking an interdisciplinary major in Arts for Children with a specialty in art are required to complete a 48-credit program consisting of: (1) two interdisciplinary courses, IAC 280 Introduction to Related Arts for Children, and IAC 491 Seminar in Arts for Children; (2) an art specialty of 21 credits; and (3) a 21-credit block consisting of two courses in each of the other three arts and one approved elective. Students wishing to major in Arts for Children with an art specialty must present and successfully pass a portfolio review conducted by the art specialty advising committee toward the end of the junior year. They are also urged to take additional studio art courses and ART 419 Practices of Teaching Art on the Elementary Level (prerequisite ART 417). A minimum grade of “C” must be maintained in all required courses.

For detailed information and a comprehensive listing of courses required in this specialty area, refer to the section Arts for Children-Interdisciplinary Major in this catalog.

Minors in Studio Art

Number Class Credits
Minors in Studio Art
Studio Art: 18 credits, including the following:
ARH 201 Survey of World Art I 3
ARH 202 Survey of World Art II 3
ART 221 Drawing I 3
Nine additional credits of art studio electives 9
Total: 81

Studio and Theory Courses
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Art History

Art History Minor
Art history minors must complete a total of 18 credits in the courses listed below. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in all courses taken for the minor.

Required Courses (6 credits)

ARH 201 Survey of World Art I
ARH 202 Survey of World Art II

Electives (12 Credits)

Twelve credits of art history electives are required. It is recommended that art history minors take at least one non-western art course.

Art History Courses

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Last Updated 7/21/22