The School of Art offers five undergraduate minors:

Ceramics
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Painting
Sculpture
Visual Culture

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Ceramics

The 115-year-old ceramics program offers a minor in ceramics to all undergraduate students at Syracuse University. The program boasts three full-time faculty, a technician, recently renovated facilities, and highly qualified graduate students. While candidates for this degree may come from any discipline within the University, the ceramics program has a history of attracting students from architecture, industrial and interaction design, geology, engineering, and business. Learn more about the ceramics minor.


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Jewelry and Metalsmithing

The jewelry and metalsmithing (JAM) minor curriculum provides the same base of knowledge as the JAM major but allows students to choose a path within the program that suits their interests. You may decide to take jewelry-oriented courses, metalsmithing courses, or a combination of both. The minor is open to all Syracuse University undergraduates. Learn more about the jewelry & metalsmithing minor.


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Painting

The painting minor aims to extend your painting skills, develop your art and critical practices, and broaden your understanding and abilities to make and discuss art. It also aims to help you understand that a practicing visual artist needs to think globally and be knowledgeable in many cultural and social discourses in order to be conversant in contemporary issues and critical practices. The minor is open to all Syracuse University undergraduates. Learn more about the painting minor.


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Sculpture

The minor in sculpture functions as a theoretical- and practical-based studio minor, intended to complement the studio-based majors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Architecture. Learn more about the sculpture minor.


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Visual Culture

The minor in visual culture exploits one of the unique strengths of Syracuse University: a world-class arts school in the midst of a research institution. The minor provides you with the critical skills necessary to address the evolving intersection of art, design, and communication in a variety of contexts, including the art world, advertising, fashion, politics, and popular culture. The flexible curriculum is designed to complement studio-based majors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and provide majors outside VPA with a concentration in visual culture and criticism that is theoretically and historically informed. Learn more about the visual culture minor.