Art (B.A., B.F.A.)

Our art degree programs provide hands-on learning and small studio classes that foster close interaction with our accomplished faculty. Our facility accommodates a variety of studio art areas, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design and digital art.

The Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) gives you a solid foundation in art and art history and a chance to explore your own artistic voice, while leaving you space to explore the liberal arts. If you have an interest in art that you want to combine with multiple minors or a double major, this is the degree for you!

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) is a deep dive into artmaking and art history. Students create a year-long thesis body of personal artwork that is exhibited at the Handwerker Gallery. This is the degree for you if you are considering a life as a professional artist, applying to graduate programs in art, or applying for artist’s opportunities like residencies, grants, exhibitions, or publications. You’ll leave with the knowledge and body of artwork to begin this career path.


Explore Art at IC

Discover what makes the Ithaca College Art program unique, including where IC alumni are today.

Those interested in Art Education should consider our Teach in 5 Program, in which you can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) certified in K-12 Art Education. (Note that the art education-specific program starts May 2023.) The curriculum in the art major, in conjunction with an Education Studies minor, prepares students to enter the M.A.T.

A personal interview with a member of the department and submission of an art portfolio are optional for entry to the program.

We also offer an Art Minor and Graphic Design Minor.