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Studio Art and Art History

What is this major?
Producing art as a means of personal expression and studying art in its historical context enriches the life of every student. Although each approach can be pursued independently, study of the links between the two provides valuable insight into our cultural roots, both Western and "non-Western." Art challenges each of us to discover and invent ways to communicate ideas through visual forms. Further, art speaks to us about the past, helps us to confront the present and prepare for the future. Art encourages us to understand and explore a vast range of traditional and non-traditional ideas, materials, and forms. Students may choose from two major programs: a major in Art, with an emphasis in Studio Art, or a major in Art History. Both of these programs culminate in a Bachelor of Arts degree. The department also offers a Studio minor, an Art History minor, and a minor in Documentary Photography. A special interdisciplinary minor in Graphic Communications is available for students interested in the practical application of art to communications.

What can I do with a major in Art?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • illustrator
  • photographer
  • graphic designer
  • advertising artist
  • art teacher
  • assistant art director
  • museum curator
  • architect
  • industrial designer
  • art appraiser
  • art therapist
  • medical illustrator

What can I do with a major in Art History?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • assistant curator
  • museum inventory specialist
  • museum attendant
  • development officer
  • library assistant
  • archivist
  • education director
  • exhibit designer
  • art appraiser
  • curator


What skills will I improve/gain?
Imagination and creativity, strong communication skills, work ethic, flexibility, attention to detail, interpretive skills, critical analysis, appreciation of aesthetics, patience, adaptability, organization

Who employs graduates from this major?
Art: Museums, advertising agencies, art studios, motion picture studios, interior design firms, furniture development, publishing firms, business and industry, manufacturers, magazines/newspapers
Art History: Museums, state/federal government, interior design firms, colleges/universities, restoration firms, publishing firms, archives, federal/state parks, historical societies

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Individual instruction in studio classes
  • Resident artists-specialists each semester
  • Internship opportunities include working with professional artists or art historians in book illustration, advertising, photo-journalism, gallery-museum management, etc.
  • Facilities include ceramic studio, hot glass studio, sculpture studio, printmaking studio and painting circle, paper making area, and slide library

Visit the Art & Art History Department Web page.

Department Chairs
Terry Slade, Chair, 607-431-4824, sladet@hartwick.edu

Undeclared Contact
Elizabeth Ayer, 607-431-4826, ayere@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.