Saint Rose student engaged in art project

Why Choose Saint Rose for Studio Art?

If art is your passion, think of Saint Rose as your studio — the space to express yourself, to experiment in every medium, and to launch a creative career doing what you love. Our progressive curriculum, with options for dual concentrations, blends tradition and technology, and helps you discover and refine your artistic voice. As you work through a full range of studio experiences you will develop the connections and opportunities you need to become a professional artist, curator, historian, professor or gallery owner — and explore endless career paths. Opportunities to prepare solo exhibitions, build leadership skills and apply for competitive summer research grants are available.

Designed to inspire, as well as instruct, our program offers a unique set of professional experiences, influential to your artistic development. We provide an intimate learning environment where working artists become your mentors and students share in a collaborative community. Internships with celebrated museums, galleries and artists are required. Our impactful visiting artist program allows you to exchange ideas with experts in the field like Holland Cotter, Robert Storr, Tom Nozkowski, Ryan Trecartin and Julie Heffernan. And, we are an easy ride to New York City, one of the true epicenters of the art world. At Saint Rose, you’ll find your calling — plus a proven path toward your future work as an artist.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Two degree options: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Bachelor of Science in Studio Art
  • Small classes allow the dedicated, diverse faculty—all of whom are practicing and exhibiting artists—to become your mentors
  • Visiting Artist Program offers studio critiques by well-known artists and critics
  • Curriculum designed for interdisciplinary work, and supported by a broad liberal education that promotes critical thinking
  • State-of-the-art Center for Art and Design has spacious, well-equipped studio facilities for each concentration (Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture)
  • Campus and community offer a range of opportunities to exhibit among world-class artists, including our own Picotte and and Esther Massry Galleries
  • Internships are required, and you’re supported in finding them
  • Faculty-led programs visit London, Spain, Italy, France, Ecuador, Cuba and China
  • Powerful support from start to finish, from a strong foundation year experience to alumni connections that open doors for you after graduation
  • Our graduates are accepted to prestigious graduate programs and go on to earn advanced degrees at Yale, Cornell, SAIC, RISD, NYU, SMFA and Pratt

This motion-graphics video was produced by Jessica Caruso, who was a freshman in a Foundations-level class when she made the video, and Jen Oviedo, a Communications major. Caruso created the visuals while Oviedo put sound to the animations based on her own interpretations and interviews with the artist.

Notable Studio Art Outcomes

Selected Professional Employment Outcomes

  • Albany Art & Culture Program Director
  • Collar Works Gallery Co-Director
  • Registrar, The University Art Museum
  • Staff Photographer, Jeep Corporation
  • Senior Photographer, Cooperstown Dream Parks
  • Visitor Services, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum Staff, Huntington Museum of Art
  • Assistant Director, The Photo Center, Troy, NY
  • Art Studio Coordinator, The Art Studio, NY, NY
  • Ellsworth Kelly Foundation Archivist
  • Middleburg College Art Studio Technician
  • Art Installer, Tang Museum of Art
  • Social Media Manager, Vital, Portsmouth, NH
  • Interactive Playground Components Designer, Funtraptions, Inc.
  • Owner/Maker, Troy Cloth + Paper Studio
  • Senior Designer, Hammer Museum, UCLA
  • Fabrication Shop Supervisor, RPI
  • Art Therapist, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
  • Educator, Coos History + Maritime Museum, Coos Bay
  • Owner/maker of handcrafted furniture, James Willis Studio, Bristol, NY
  • Lab Technician, Lehman College, CUNY
  • Product Developer/Researcher, Nanz Co., NYC
  • Studio Manager, Jeffrey Gibson Studio, Hudson, NY
  • Woodshop Supervisor, RPI
  • Studio Technician, Collar Works Gallery
  • School Tours Coordinator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

Selected Internship and Residency Placements

  • Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington
  • The View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY
  • The Vermont Sculpture Center
  • Vermont Studio Center
  • Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Inc.
  • Professional Photography Studios
  • Center for Photography at Woodstock
  • Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Wales, UK
  • Buren College, Ireland
  • Lower East Side Printshop, NY, NY
  • K. Caraccio Printmaking Studio, NY, NY
  • Children’s Museum of New York
  • Dia Art Foundation, Beacon, NY

Learning Objectives

Studio Art (BFA) Learning Objectives

Students who successful complete the BFA Studio Art Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate making as a way of thinking. They will develop the ability to use a diverse range of mediums bringing into existence concepts and ideas through shaping, transforming, and re-contextualizing materials.
  • Demonstrate intense research-based critical and creative exploration focused on content, process, and voice.
  • Critically analyze art and texts related to art, decode visual rhetoric, situate their artwork within realistic and theoretical contexts both past and contemporary, and understand how material, process, and media impact form and content.
  • Demonstrate fluency and proficiency in articulating ideas through highly developed oral, written, and visual communication skills. Ultimately, they will clearly show confidence and sophistication in their social, personal, and professional communication that will help to advance life-long learning and their careers as innovative visual thinkers and fine artists.

Studio Art (BS) Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete the BS Studio Art Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate making as a way of thinking. They will develop the ability to explore a diverse range of mediums experimenting with concepts and ideas through shaping, transforming, and re-contextualizing materials.
  • Demonstrate research-based critical and creative exploration focused on content, process, voice, intellectual breadth, and an expanded liberal arts experience.
  • Critically analyze art and texts related to art, decode visual rhetoric, situate their artwork within artistic and theoretical contexts both past and contemporary, and understand how material, process, and media impact form and content.
  • Demonstrate fluency and proficiency in articulating ideas through oral, written, and visual communication skills. Ultimately, they will demonstrate confidence and sophistication in their social, personal, and professional communication that will help to advance life-long learning in a career focused on visual thinking and the arts.