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
Sophie Glenn ’12 Receives John D. Mineck Fellowship
Awarded by Boston’s Society of Arts + Crafts, the fellowship is given annually to an early-career furniture artist. “Her work in steel is like no other I have seen.”
Camille Seaman ’92 on PBS’ Brief But SpectacularThe photographer shares her insight on climate change after years of photographing icebergs.
Ernestine White-Mifetu ’99 Named Curator at Brooklyn MuseumShe joined the museum this month as the Sills Foundation Curator of African Art.
Jonathan Harris ’20 President’s Award Winner for Public ArtThe President’s Award winner traces the arc of the the sun as it passes over the campus through a sonic experience.