Distinct from the professional BFA programs, the BS major in visual arts provides an overview of contemporary art–based research methods and cultural theories, art history, and studio practice in a broad liberal arts context. This major is a hybrid of equal parts study in the visual arts (your studio courses) with one or more areas outside the School of Art+Design.

It is to your great advantage to choose specific areas of study on both sides of this degree, because that will allow you depth of learning and the chance to develop relationships with the faculty (who might eventually sponsor your senior project). For example, you could choose these: painting and art history, video and political science, design and psychology, photography and journalism, or printmaking and creative writing.

Minor in Visual Arts

For Purchase students in the conservatories and the liberal arts and sciences, we also offer a minor in visual arts, which combines hands-on studio courses with studies in art history.

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