Distinct from the more specialized BFA programs in the School of Art+Design, the BS major in Visual Arts provides an overview of contemporary art–based research methods and cultural theories, art history, and focused study and practice of a fine art discipline within a broad liberal arts context.

The BS program combines the studio foundation program (required for all undergraduates in the School of Art+Design) with studio concentration (Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture) and electives, courses in art history, and a synthesizing senior project. Students may choose from other art electives offered by the School of Art+Design, as long as they have taken the prerequisite courses. With half of their required credits earned outside the visual arts, many BSVA students complete a double major or a minor in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, or performing arts. This freedom offers students access to the full range of programs at Purchase College.

The Neuberger Museum of Art and Performing Arts Center on campus serve as active resources and integral components of the curriculum. Study abroad programs may provide enrichment and global perspectives to the course of study. Internships may also provide a practical connection between academic studies and potential career paths.

Academically engaged, visually attuned, and skillful students who wish to initiate this course of study will be admitted by portfolio review. Upon completion of the program, students may pursue careers in such cultural organizations as museums, galleries, and nonprofit organizations; art journalism and publishing, marketing and advertising; and other professions that require creative problem solving and inventive solutions. Graduates of this degree program will also be prepared to continue study in graduate and professional programs.

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