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Do you want to deepen your skills in fine-art mediums such as drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, or sculpture? This program will give you the fundamentals needed for post-graduate study or professional employment, providing you the flexibility to pair your studies with other disciplines, broadening the range of opportunities you can pursue in and after Elmira College. At EC you’ll learn from accomplished professional artists who will guide and mentor you in the well-equipped, spacious studios on campus. You will also have many opportunities to exhibit your work on campus and in the local community, including our own George Waters Art Gallery.


Students work on art in the studio

Course Offerings

In the Studio Art program, you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of media, materials, and techniques and be encouraged to find your own creative “voice.” You’ll also get an understanding of the historical and contemporary significance of the visual arts in our lives today. Gallery workers learn about curating and mounting exhibitions. Critical reasoning, problem-solving, and communication are emphasized throughout. 

Students work on a computer art project

A student forms a piece of pottery

A design and tools lay on a table


Program Requirements

Courses and Credit Hours

Studio Art Concentration

Required Course:
ARH 2100 Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic 3.0 

Elective Courses - choose five electives from at least two areas of studio art (Drawing, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture).  One of the five electives may be an art history course not already required. Two electives of studio art must be at the 3000-level.  


Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve gathered some of the questions we hear the most so you can get the answers right away.

What career opportunities will my Studio Art degree prepare me for?

The Studio Art program provides the fundamental knowledge you’ll need to prepare for post-graduate studies, which can lead to a professional career in the arts. Previous graduates of our art program have gone on to become professional artists, illustrators, designers, art handlers, gallery managers, and curators. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment of archivists, curators, and museum workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. This program also pairs well with many other programs, including Art/Education, Art/Business, Art/Psychology, Art/Anthropology, Art/English, or Art/History, broadening the range of career possibilities. 

Will I have access to the art studios on campus?

You’ll have 24-7 access to well-equipped and spacious studios on campus, giving you the opportunity to explore and practice the fine-art medium(s) of drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Additionally, we have many opportunities for you to curate exhibits and exhibit your work on campus and in the local community, including our own George Waters Art Gallery. Check out the Gallery's Facebook page for photos of current and past exhibits.