SUNY Oneonta offers a solid foundation in methods and theories for the creation and study of the visual arts. Art majors are required to choose one of eight concentrations: 3-D (Sculpture & Ceramics), Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, New Media, Photography, Design, General Studio Art or Art History. A separate major in computer art (B.A. or B.S.) is also available.
A portfolio review is not a requirement for acceptance into the art program. However, prospective art majors who wish to have their talent considered during the admissions process may submit a special talent application as a supplement to the regular application.
With studio art classes capped at 20 students, faculty can concentrate on helping each individual student find their own unique creative voice, and students can focus on the development of competent portfolios of artwork to further their studies and careers after graduation. Field trips to museums and galleries and an internship program provide additional hands-on learning outside the classroom.
Art facilities include a darkroom photography suite; computer labs and a production studio for digital photography; a sculpture suite; specialized studios for drawing, figure drawing, printmaking and painting; an American French tool etching press; photo Intaglio; serigraphy; wood, stone and metal studios; a metal foundry and a CNC plasma cutter. Students have card access to the studios outside of class time.
Two professional art galleries on campus, the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and the Project Space Gallery, host a variety of exhibitions. Students may submit work in the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and may also apply for solo or group shows in the Project Space Gallery throughout the year. The college’s student-run literary magazine, Art and Scope, also offers opportunities for students to publish their artwork.