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What Can You Do With a Degree in Art?

“What Can You Do With a Degree in Art” is a multimedia group exhibition featuring work by Associate Professor of Digital Art Sven Anderson and more than 50 of his current and former students. On view through Dec. 23, the exhibit fills all three Fine Arts Center galleries and showcases work by alumni who have applied what they learned at SUNY Oneonta to careers in animation, tattoo art, teaching, costume and clothing design, photography, visual effects for video games and movies, graphic and web design, art direction, illustration, software development and more.

Learn, Grow, Succeed

Small classes, engaged faculty and all kinds of experiential learning opportunities will start you on a path to success – in whatever field you choose. Oneonta offers more than 100 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs, each designed to prepare you for a successful career or grad school.

Register for Winter Session

Winter is a great time to take an online class at SUNY Oneonta. Earn up to four credits in either the short (three-week) session or the full five-week session.

National First-Generation College Celebration

SUNY Oneonta joins colleges and universities across the nation in recognizing the hard work, resiliency and achievements of first-generation college students. At Oneonta, 35 percent of our enrolled students are the first in their families to attend college, and many of our faculty, staff and alumni also are first-gen college graduates.

Grow. Thrive. Live. Fundraising Campaign

Grow. Thrive. Live. is a historic $25 million campaign that will build upon the Oneonta educational experience and achieve unprecedented impact.


I sometimes think back on all the obstacles I had to overcome and feel satisfied that I’m able to sit in a classroom learning about the subjects I’m passionate about. And when I think of the future, standing at my graduation and having that opportunity to tell my parents that I’ve made it, gives me such a great feeling.
Being a first-generation students means so much to me. It shows me how hard my parents worked in order to come here and want me to continue higher education.
To me, being a first-generation college student means that I'm taking control of my life and making independent decisions about my future. By being a first-generation college student, I have learned life skills and fundamentals of life. 
After graduating high school, I didn't fully understand the meaning of attending a university. Both my parents attended college, however they did not graduate. In the beginning, around my sophomore year as a transfer student, I felt out of place.
Faculty and Staff
Learning how to navigate a series of systems that I had very little access to prior to going to college was the biggest obstacle for me. College was an entirely different culture with new languages and unspoken customs that made it difficult for me to navigate, and not having access to services that helped to teach me how to navigate college made it especially complicated.
Being a first generation student of any kind can be intimidating at times when you feel like you may be alone on this journey. However, in my experience, in many different aspects of life, those feelings of being on a path by yourself are largely internalized feelings that can be remedied, and proven untrue, through involvement in various organizations/activities, and overall a willingness to be "comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Being a first-generation college graduate means a lot to me because coming from a family where college was either never finished or never started at all made me all the more determined to be the first to earn a four-year college degree.
Faculty and Staff
I had no idea what I was doing when I first arrived at college. I did not do well, academically, at first. I also didn't realize that a private school probably wasn't the best fit for me, and attended University of Rochester first.
No one in my family had been to college even in my extended family. Not one person. And, I never thought that I wouldn't go to college and I always wanted to be a teacher. I also never thought that I might have been a role model for my nieces and nephews either. My brother-in-law was a college graduate, and I looked up to him, as he was a teacher which I aspired to be.
I know that my experiences are creating an easier path for my family in generations to come. It helps me believe that I am truly a leader and can correctly guide younger first-gen college students. My message to them has always been that anything is possible and they are not alone in this journey.
My advice would be to go out there and talk to people, whether that be professors, faculty, or students, and advocate for yourself. 
Faculty and Staff
I grew up in poverty on a farm, deep in the mountains of Virginia. College was completely unknown to my family. When I decided to pursue higher education, I did so without any support from my family and against the direct guidance of my high school. Consequently, I was underprepared and underfunded.

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