The BSVA is truly interdisciplinary. Discover the freedom of inventing your own approach.
Distinct from the professional BFA programs, the four-year BS in Visual Arts major is a hybrid of equal parts study in visual arts and one or more areas outside the School of Art+Design.
This freedom offers students access to the full range of programs at Purchase College—think painting and art history, video and political science, design and psychology, photography and journalism, or printmaking and creative writing.
The major provides an overview of contemporary art–based research methods and cultural theories, art history, and studio practice in a broad liberal arts context.
“The BSVA is designed for the academically engaged, visually perceptive, and skillful student who wants both the solid training in studio art and the broad-based education in liberal arts and sciences that are available at Purchase College.”
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.
“I focus on sculpture, but I’m also a history major, so I take classes in both majors. Being able to take classes in the arts and the humanities works best for me.”
Sarah Alden, Junior, BSVA and History
Gallery of Student Work
Travel photographer, writer, and advocate talks about putting down the camera and being present.
He helps people with disabilities express their creativity and produce art.
She earned the award in the fine arts category.
Darren Dempster ’18 thrives on Purchase’s creative atmosphere and merges his passions for art and science.
Time: 5:00pmEach semester, weekly visiting artist lectures host noted artists, curators, critics, and historians to share their perspectives, expertise, and current work, and to give insight into contemporary issues facing artists and designers.