Welcome to the Art Department

The mission of the Art Department is to prepare you for creative and intellectual opportunities that nurture critical thinking. We, as professional artists, do this by teaching and mentoring our students about the many ways we can speak through the visual arts. We add to the rich visual traditions of the past and experiment with new ways of turning an idea into a work of art. Critical thinking methods put into practice in a studio environment guide the creative process and lead you in developing your own aesthetic point of view with confidence and self-assurance.

The history of visual arts at Ithaca College began in 1897. Today students can pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree, a bachelor of arts degree, or a bachelor of arts in art education through the Department of Art. Minors in Graphic Design and Art are also offered. Ithaca’s program recognizes and emphasizes art as a one-on-one discipline. We offer small classes with experienced faculty. Introductory courses average 15-20 students; intermediate and advanced classes are even smaller. The student-faculty ratio is 6:1, which fosters a high level of personal interaction. All of our faculty members hold a terminal degree for studio art and are practicing professional artists who exhibit their art work nationally and internationally.

Art majors number 45-50. More than 275 nonmajors from campuswide programs are enrolled in courses in the art department. We have facilities for painting, drawing, all areas of printmaking, sculpture, digital art, and graphic design.

Art graduates have many opportunities available: our training is preparation for graduate school as well as positions as diverse as movie-effects specialist, medical illustrator, book or set designer, graphic designer, or teacher. You have access to courses throughout the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the Ithaca College’s professional schools—communications and business, for example—that allow you to pursue career goals beyond the reach of many art programs.

Special Features 

  • Senior Project – a two semester, faculty mentored independent project for BFA students culminating in an exhibition at the Handwerker Gallery
  • Independent Study – advanced work with a mentor, studio space is providedArt Internships – placements with local artists and agencies
  • Creative Space Gallery – a faculty mentored student run gallery off campus in the city of Ithaca
  • New York City Internship
  • Honors in Art – based on grade point average (GPA) and portfolio presentation
  • Urban Education Experience – a teacher education partnership with New York City schools
  • Visiting Artists – offering master classes and lectures
  • Excursions – to museums and galleries in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC


The art department is located on the lower level of the Ceracche Center. We have facilities for drawing, painting, screenprinting, lithography, etching, sculpture (including wood, sheetmetal, and dimensional steel fabrication), book design, and a digital Mac lab for computer arts and graphic design.

Related Minors

Photography, advertising, graphic design, integrated communication management, public relations, business, biology, art history, anthropology, writing, and computer science are just a few of the possibilities.

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