The Visual Arts Department of the Sage College of Albany 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:
- ART 110 - Visulaization provides all incoming freshmen exposure to various full-time faculty from different art and design disciplines. The course focuses on the development of critical thinking and provides a foundational basis for all of the B.F.A. majors.
- Advanced studios in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, and Studio Arts including Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Clay Sculpture, and Illustration, as well as studio electives that allow for exploration in a variety of 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.
- Students graduate equipped with the necessary skills and portfolio to enter graduate study or begin a career in the arts.
All Department of Visual Art majors (including Academic Exploration students who wish to enter the BFA program at the end of their first two semesters 24-30 credits), must maintain a major grade point average of a 2.75 in all art, design and art history courses for the duration of their time in the BFA program. Students must receive a grade of “C-” or higher in all art courses required for their major.
All studio art courses must be taken on the Albany campus. Art courses on the Troy campus do not fulfill studio requirements for the B.F.A. degree.
The B.F.A. in Studio curriculum offers courses in Illustration, Printmaking, Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, and Photography (see Photography Concentration and Illustration Concentration) for students interested in a professional career in the visual arts and/or graduate school.
The B.F.A. Studio degree provides students with the credentials for entry into a variety of arts professions and graduate programs in fine arts and art education. Students benefit from working relationships that Sage has with several area institutions, including the Albany Institute of History, Albany Center Galleries, and the Arts Council of the Capital Region.
The art faculty strive to help students develop their professional capabilities, their critical thinking skills and creative voice while building advanced skills in their chosen major. In addition, courses such as Business Practices for Visual Artists and Portfolio Preparation help students further prepare themselves as practicing artists and designers. Opportunities exist for students to gain professional work experience as artists by participating in internships and in student operated enterprises, such as the Vernacular publication and the Little Gallery.