We celebrate being a dynamic art school at a major research university.

The School of Art offers unique and exciting opportunities for students who are passionate about art in all of its diverse possibilities. We teach the next generation of artists–those who are adventurous, complex, precocious, innovative, noisy, reflective, curious, socially conscious, and dedicated to a life in the visual arts.


First Alumnus Graduates

With a degree in painting


Guest artists each year

Via our Visiting Artist Lecture Series


Programs to choose from

Undergraduate and graduate

Our faculty offers rigorous and multi-faceted learning experiences that prepare student-artists for professional and entrepreneurial careers.

We offer state-of-the-art facilities and studios, from the handmade to the digital. Our professionally active faculty fosters internships as well as international and national opportunities and brings the creative industries to the studio. Through guided mentorship, our student-artists craft their own course of study.

Undergraduate Majors

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Graduate Degree Programs

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As a dynamic art school within a major research university, we enable unique intersections of diverse interests within creative communities.


Through social and studio practices, research, and teaching, we promote mastery, interdisciplinarity, student autonomy, and critical global citizenship.

Recent School of Art News

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    Alumni News

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    Eight artists who either taught or studied at the College of Visual and Performing Arts' School of Art in the master of fine arts (M.F.A.) program between 1997-2021 were recently featured in the exhibition "Rivers Connect: Unstoppable Forces in Contemporary Ceramics" at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Art Gallery. Read More...

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    Featured News

    M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition ‘Carrying the Thick Present’ to Open at Three Syracuse University Exhibition Spaces

    Master of fine arts (M.F.A.) candidates in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) will present the thesis exhibition “Carrying the Thick Present” at three Syracuse University exhibition spaces that are partner venues of the Coalition of Museums and Art Centers. The exhibition features the work of 24 M.F.A. candidates from VPA's School of Art, School of Design and Department of Transmedia and is curated by Manuela Hansen, a New York City-based art historian and curator. Read More...

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    Faculty News

    Errol Willett, associate professor of studio arts in the School of Art, is co-author of the article "Clay Culture: Haptek Lab," which appears in the April 2021 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Haptek Lab is a group of architects, technologists, designers, academics, and practitioners focused on introducing the unique...

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