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SUNY Cortland    
  Jan 19, 2018
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Art and Art History Department

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Vaughn Randall, chair
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 224-C
Fax: 607-753-5967

School of Arts and Sciences

Student in art studio painting


Martine Barnaby, Jeremiah Donovan, Lori Ellis, Charles Heasley, Kathryn Kramer, Jenn McNamara, Vaughn Randall

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Degrees and Minors

Bachelor of Arts in Art – with a concentration in either studio art or art history
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Studio
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Digital Media
Minor in Art – with specialization in either studio art or art history


Studio Art – with specialization in painting, print media, fiber arts, ceramics and sculpture.
Art History


The art and art history curriculum develops skills of analysis and critical thinking through instruction in the making and history of visual art. Art and art history courses emphasize the importance of the art object in society as a means of both individual and cultural expression, which is reinforced by a variety of guest lectures, studio critiques, and museum and gallery visits. The year-round program of exhibitions, visiting artists, and symposia organized by the Dowd Gallery complements the department's activities by providing further opportunities for students to apply their developing aesthetic awareness to a wide range of artwork, ideas and values.

Special Features

  • Dowd Gallery permanent art collection and study archive
  • Summer international study programs
  • Internships
  • Visiting artists and lecturers program
  • Scholarship fund
  • Cooperative work-study program


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to all of the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 90 credit hours.




      Art HistoryArt TheoryStudio Art

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