Program in Studio Arts

In the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester, the studio arts program focuses on the production aspects of visual studies. Our program is focused on contemporary approaches to art production; it strives to produce technically adept students with an understanding of art's place in culture.

The program is housed in the Sage Art Center, a place where art is produced, analyzed, and exhibited; it provides access to all the materials, supportive resources, faculty and staff necessary for a rich studio experience.

Program Highlights

  • We recognize that liberal arts students have a wide range of experience and interests. We invite, accommodate, and engage experienced artists as well as individuals with little or no previous art experience; at the same time, we provide a rich environment for thoroughly intensive study.
  • Studio art majors are vital participants in the activities of the department and the art community in general. Majors are expected to establish a presence at Sage Art Center that promotes an environment conducive to rich, creative art production. By the senior year majors should be seen as valuable resources for the students in all introductory level courses.
  • Any material or approach is possible. While our introductory level courses provide a foundation built on more prevalent art media—such as photography, painting, sculpture, video, collage, and drawing—the advanced level courses make available the experimental and interdisciplinary approaches often used in contemporary art production.
  • Off-campus study opportunities are available for majors and non-majors alike. The Art New York program provides students with the opportunity to live and learn in New York City. A semester of internships and coursework in this culturally rich environment is structured for any individual who wishes to enhance his/her knowledge of the world of contemporary art and culture with firsthand experience.
  • You can also study abroad during a fall or spring semester in the University's European Arts Internship program which is also encouraged for majors and non-majors alike. In Europe, there are opportunities to work in institutions, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of London, and internships can be arranged in Paris, Brussels, Bonn, and Madrid.

More Information

Contact the 
undergraduate advisor for studio art: 
Allen Topolski, (585) 273-5994 or Stephanie Ashenfelder, (585) 273-5955.