Art + Extended Media (B.F.A.)

The BFA in Art + Extended Media at Russell Sage College is designed to prepare students to be artists in the 21st century. Our curriculum focuses on proficiency in diverse and new media, interdisciplinary research, critical thinking, community engagement, and professional practice. Students engage with the professional world outside the studio through internships, class-led public projects, and exhibitions. Art + Extended Media teaches students the critical thinking, aesthetic, technical, and professional skills needed to be successful in the world of contemporary art. A portfolio review is required for acceptance. Portfolios may be submitted online at Instructions are provided on the website. Students may request an on-campus portfolio review by contacting the Office of Admission.

The Art + Design Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The B.F.A. curriculum comprises a number of distinct components designed to address a student’s total experience:

  • Advanced studio courses and studio electives that allow for exploration in a variety of traditional and new media.
  • Senior Capstone I & II and studio courses that focus on a personal direction in the major in preparation for the B.F.A. exhibition.
  • Art history and liberal arts courses that examine the role and relevance of the visual arts historically, socially, and culturally. A curriculum that equips students  with the necessary skills and portfolio to enter graduate study or begin a career in the arts.
  • Students develop professional capabilities, critical thinking skills and creative voice while building proficiency in technical skills. Students gain professional work experience as artists and designers by participating in internships, service learning, and student operated enterprises.


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Degree Completion Notes

  • Total credits required for a bachelor's degree (minimum): 120 credits
  • Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
  • Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200
  • 1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
  • Completion of all required General Education coursework

Suggested Program of Study

Year 1 - Fall
AEM 101 Drawing I
AEM 105 2D Studio Techniques 1
GMD 217 Imaging I
RSC 101 Thriving at Sage
WRT 101 Writing in Community

Year 1 - Spring
ISD 102 Spatial Design
GMD 225 Time Arts
GMD 220 Imaging II
WRT 201 Researching in Community
General Education Course

Year 2 - Fall
AEM 106 Sculpture Techniques 1
ARH 205 Art History I
GMD 320 Imaging III
RSC 201 or General Education
General Education Course

Year 2 - Spring
AEM 201 Photography I
AEM 250 AEM Studio 1
AEM 202 Color and Light
ARH 206 Art History II
RSC 201 or General Education

Year 3 - Fall
AEM 385 AEM Studio 4
ISD 220 Design Technologies I
ARH 307 Modern Art & Criticism
AEM/GMD/ISD Studio Course
RSC 301 or General Education

Year 3 - Spring
AEM 301 3D Studio Concepts
ARH Elective
Studio or Art History Course
GMD 420 Professional Practices
RSC 301 or General Education course

Year 4 - Fall
AEM 421 Capstone I: Studio Theory
AEM 427 or Studio Course
AEM/GMD/ISD Studio Course
ARH 333 Contemporary Art Criticism & Theory
General Education Course

Year 4 - Spring
AEM 422 Capstone II: Production & Fabrication
AEM/GMD/ISD 448 Topics Course
AEM 427 or Studio Course
Studio or Art History Course
General Education Course

Total Credits