2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Arts, BS


Joanna Spitzner, Program Coordinator
131 Comstock Art Facility, 315-443-3700, jspitzne@syr.edu


Deborah Dohne, Susan D’Amato, Juan Juarez, Chris Wildrick, Joanna Spitzner, Yvonne Buchanan, Errol Willett, Peter Beasecker, Margie Hughto, Holly Greenberg, Dusty Herbig, Jude Lewis, Sam Van Aken, Robert Wysocki, Ann Clarke, Sarah McCoubrey


The Bachelor of Science in Studio Arts is designed for the student pursuing an intensive studio
art experience alongside another field/s of academic study. With 50% of coursework taking place in the Studio Art major and the remaining credits used to pursue another or multiple other degrees. Focused on the development of interdisciplinary practices that integrate studio art and additional academic disciplines, this degree is designed for the artist and entrepreneur who will create the unanticipated art forms and cultural phenomena that cannot be anticipated by traditional arts education. Often students have a strong interest in combining their art practice with academic subjects such as Psychology, History, Politics, Business etc.; and who want to pursue a career as a professional artist or entrepreneur utilizing both creative and academic fields.

Program Requirements


Through the art intensives, students have the opportunity to choose to focus within one of the traditional media or pursue an interdisciplinary practice that incorporates various mediums, methods, and approaches guided by mentorship and extensive advising.


Art in Context can be satisfied by courses related to art and design history, theory and philosophy.

Art in Context can be satisfied by AIC 340 - Visiting Artist Lecture Series (3x, 1 credit each) and three of the following courses:

  • AIC 294 - Document as Art
  • AIC 311 - Creative Leadership and Social Responsibility in the Arts
  • AIC 318 - Collaborative Arts & Design Practices
  • AIC 321 - Art, Activism, Modernity
  • AIC 331 - Outside the Classroom
  • AIC 332 - The Artist Critic
  • AIC 392 - Cosplay
  • AIC 394 - Collaborative Art
  • AIC 395 - Research as Art
  • AIC 423 - Artists Who Write
  • AIC 495 - Archive as Art
  • AIC 441 - History of Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • CRS 314 - Performance Studies
  • CRS 426 - Persuasion
  • CRS 483 Rhetoric of Film
  • AAS 361 Art of the Black World
  • AAS 367 Protest Movements and African American Art and Literature
  • AAS 465 The Image of Blacks in Art and Film
  • ILL 255 History of Illustration
  • TRM 316/CRS 316 Introduction to Visual Culture
  • FIL 226 Survey of Film Theory
  • FIL 360 Topics in Film Culture
  • ENG 145 Reading Popular Culture
  • ENG 242 Reading and Interpretation
  • ENG 345 Critical Theory
  • VID 510 Video Art History

As well as any non-selected/special topics course with a HOA prefix.


WRT 105   Writing Studio 1

WRT 205   Writing Studio 2

Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives (42 credits/Academic Electives (3 credits)*

Academic electives are most courses offered outside of art, design, or transmedia (for example, courses offered in CRS, Arts and Sciences, Whitman, and other colleges outside of VPA). These academic courses usually have non-art-related content, such as math, natural sciences, astronomy, global history, political science, psychology, and entrepreneurship, and languages, among others. You can find a comprehensive list of approved academic electives here.

*The required 45 credits should consist of Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives (42 credits), and Academic Electives (3 credits).


Studio electives are courses usually offered in VPA through art, design, or transmedia.  The content of the courses directly relates to the preparation of students for professional careers in art, design, and transmedia. The course content includes, but is not limited to, conceptualization, process, product, and critique of creative work in studio practice. These courses meet for a much longer time, for a minimum of four hours per week for the duration of the semester. Usual meeting patterns are: the class meets once per week for four+ hours, or the class meets twice per week, usually for two or more hours each. You can find a comprehensive list of courses that count as studio electives here.