Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts

Introduction

Overview

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.

And we've got snow!

Mission

In the absence of a dominant paradigm to react with or against, we actively construct new philosophies for art practice.

We no longer decode images--we re-code them. We embrace dialogue and difference and appreciate the value of the individual. We embrace art in action and its impact on our society. Academic and creative research-based practice is at the core of the school’s ethos, recognizing that there is a spectrum of practices and professional outcomes. We honor the innovators of the past while preparing the next generation of creative leaders. We share the passion for inclusive teaching and learning practices to provide the best experience for our student-artists.

Department Policies

School of Art policies are administered by the office of the director. Current students and faculty may contact the office with questions.

Facilities

The School of Art's programs are housed in the Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Art Building and Smith Hall on Main Campus and the Comstock Art Facility on Comstock Avenue near South Campus.

Shaffer Art Building houses the School of Art's programs in illustration and painting. It is also home to the Department of Transmedia, jazz studies in the Setnor School of Music, and Syracuse University Art Galleries. The building also contains a 60-seat lecture hall and the 300-seat Shemin Auditorium.

Smith Hall houses facilities for our graduate program in studio arts and studios for drawing. Smith Hall also features a woodshop and Random Access Gallery, an exhibition space for graduate students.

Comstock Art Facility, also known as ComArt, is home to the school's programs in art education, studio arts, and arts in context. The facilities include workshops for metal, wood, jewelry and metalsmithing, ceramics, and printmaking. It also houses the school’s DigiFab. ComArt is also home to the Sarah A. Coyne Gallery.

Refer to your degree program of interest for more specific facilities information.

Contact

VPA ADMISSIONS (UNDERGRADUATE)

315.443.2769
admissu@syr.edu

VPA ADMISSIONS (GRADUATE)

315.443.0137
admissg@syr.ed

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Programs

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MA

Master of Arts in Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Campus September 2019 USA Syracuse

The graduate program in communication and rhetorical studies (CRS) provides a vibrant and dynamic environment for students hoping to pursue further study in communication studies. Our program has a strong academic research focus and is ideal if you plan to go on to pursue doctoral-level education. [+]

Overview

The graduate program in communication and rhetorical studies (CRS) provides a vibrant and dynamic environment for students hoping to pursue further study in communication studies. Our program has a strong academic research focus and is ideal if you plan to go on to pursue doctoral-level education.

Our master of arts (M.A.) degree program features nationally and internationally prominent, award-winning faculty who balance deep roots in the discipline with interdisciplinary innovations. Its curriculum stresses theoretical and methodological diversity, close guidance and advising by faculty instructors, and high academic standards. We specialize in training M.A. candidates to thrive as teachers and scholars and to succeed at the most renowned doctoral programs in the country.... [-]


Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Campus 1.5 - 2 years September 2019 USA Syracuse

Our master of arts (M.A.) degree program in museum studies offers a curriculum based on hands-on training, research, scholarship, and design that prepares you for a wide range of positions in various types of museums. [+]

Overview

Our master of arts (M.A.) degree program in museum studies offers a curriculum based on hands-on training, research, scholarship, and design that prepares you for a wide range of positions in various types of museums. We shape alumni to be resilient, adaptable, and competent working professionals. At the center of the program is the belief that the museum professional serves as the liaison between the viewing public and the museum object.

The program is structured in a manner that enables you to develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. The Syracuse University Art Galleries, the Special Collections Research Center, and the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection and Sue & Leon Genet Gallery at Syracuse University's Nancy Cantor Warehouse provide major settings for education and training. You gain additional experience through internships. We believe that this combination of academic and professional training prepares you for your chosen field and sustains you throughout your career.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Art Photography

Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 USA Syracuse

Our master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in art photography attracts students who have established a strong body of work and are committed to further their engagement with contemporary photographic practices. You work closely with our faculty along with distinguished scholars throughout Syracuse University to further your artistic research. [+]

Overview

Our master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in art photography attracts students who have established a strong body of work and are committed to further their engagement with contemporary photographic practices. You work closely with our faculty along with distinguished scholars throughout Syracuse University to further your artistic research.

As a program, we are not interested in promoting a single philosophy or aesthetic; rather, we select students who have begun to crystallize an original perspective. Our goal is to create artists with unique visual voices. Through an intensive study that includes tutorial and group critique along with courses in history, theory, and criticism, you benefit from an intense and passionate learning environment that emphasizes contemporary art and practice. In addition, most of our M.F.A. students have the opportunity to teach their own classes.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2019 USA Syracuse + 1 more

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in studio arts emphasizes experimentation in the creation of innovative modes of artistic production. [+]

Overview

Whether choosing to work within our nationally recognized disciplines/intensives (ceramics, drawing, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, print media and graphic art, and sculpture) or across genres, artists can develop a course of study particular to their own self-initiated creative research.

With complete access to the faculty and studios throughout the School of Art, the M.F.A. in studio arts provides students numerous options of study, including seminars that focus on artistic practice, professional practice, and thesis development; critiques that emphasize cross-disciplinary dialogue; and a unique semester residency focused on career development. Focused on artistic practice while developing essential professional skills and abilities, the M.F.A. in studio arts prepares students to succeed in the field of contemporary art.... [-]


Master

Master of Fine Arts in Art Video

Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 USA Syracuse

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in art video compresses inclusive media art design with art-making practice. This graduate program encourages exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of the subject, genre, and media technologies from personal points of view. [+]

Overview

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in art video compresses inclusive media art design with art-making practice. This graduate program encourages exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of the subject, genre, and media technologies from personal points of view.

Students work closely with faculty in developing structure and strategies for making art in video and related media, including mediated performance art, expanded narrative, radical documentary, multichannel and site-specific installation, and moving picture and sonically rich art for digital network intervention and life.

The program is supported by digital video and audio facilities. Production is executed with DSLRs and high-end digital camcorders and necessary peripherals (tripods, mics, lights, etc.). Dedicated lighting and green screen studios are available for production. Post-production is done on state-of-the-art, digital non-linear systems, including a discrete multi-track digital audio studio. HD projectors and flat screens are provided for installations and exhibitions. Analog, linear systems are available for archival research and conservation. We have a comprehensive, international collection of video art available for research and teaching.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Computer Art

Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 USA Syracuse

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in computer art is an artistic research and development program situated in the context of technology. The program is dedicated to a wide range of practices in art media where the computer plays a primary role. These art media may include computer-generated images, 3D computer animation, physical computing, creative computer programming, computer gaming, computer music, visual effects, multi-channel installation, and sonic art. [+]

Overview

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in computer art is an artistic research and development program situated in the context of technology. The program is dedicated to a wide range of practices in art media where the computer plays a primary role. These art media may include computer-generated images, 3D computer animation, physical computing, creative computer programming, computer gaming, computer music, visual effects, multi-channel installation, and sonic art.

Students are expected to develop a strong record of professional practice in a variety of contexts, including exhibition, screenings, public intervention, installation, performance, workshops, gaming events, and viral media, among other forms of public engagement.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Design

Campus 2 years September 2019 USA Syracuse

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in design is a two-year graduate program that engages students in collaborative practice within a dynamic, multidisciplinary studio environment. This professional graduate program breaks down boundaries and brings together students, faculty, communities, and businesses to work collaboratively on the world's significant problems for the greater good. [+]

Overview

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in design is a two-year graduate program that engages students in collaborative practice within a dynamic, multidisciplinary studio environment. This professional graduate program breaks down boundaries and brings together students, faculty, communities, and businesses to work collaboratively on the world's significant problems for the greater good.

Graduate students in design interact with the School of Design's inquisitive and intelligent community. Students and faculty throughout the school address first hand the issues of the world around them, with focus on sustainable design practices, social issues, and excellence in professional practice forming the core of the programs.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Film

Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 USA Syracuse

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) program in film integrates film production with the intellectual study of the medium while providing a strong focus on global cinema. Through international programs, visiting artists from around the world, and a regimen of film history, culture, and theory, our graduate students benefit from understanding film within its historical, artistic, and international contexts. [+]

Overview

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) program in film integrates film production with the intellectual study of the medium while providing a strong focus on global cinema. Through international programs, visiting artists from around the world, and a regimen of film history, culture, and theory, our graduate students benefit from understanding film within its historical, artistic, and international contexts.

Consistently ranked as one of the top 25 film programs by the Hollywood Reporter, the program provides students with numerous opportunities to explore cinema on a global level. Select graduates in the program participate In Film Production and Italian Film Studies in Bologna, Italy, where you will attend the world’s most famous classic film festival event, Cinema Ritrovato while immersing in all aspects of the film. Those interested in 35mm filmmaking can study in a semester-long program with FAMU (Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts) in Prague, Czech Republic, through Syracuse University Abroad.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Illustration

Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 USA Syracuse

Each year a select and diverse group of creative people come to study at Syracuse University’s esteemed master of fine arts (M.F.A.) illustration program from around the U.S. and the world. Some students are recent college graduates, and others have professional experience, while some have minimal art education. [+]

Overview

Each year a select and diverse group of creative people come to study at Syracuse University’s esteemed master of fine arts (M.F.A.) illustration program from around the U.S. and the world. Some students are recent college graduates, and others have professional experience, while some have minimal art education.

But no matter where you start, Syracuse’s intimate illustration program with its worldwide reach offers online coursework in addition to classes at its two New York City locations (the Fisher Center and Lubin House) as well as in Syracuse; Los Angeles; and Florence, Italy. You'll study with award-winning, full-time faculty, and part-time instructors while interacting with top-level national and international industry professionals.... [-]


Masters in Music

Campus 14 months September 2019 USA Syracuse

In the Setnor School of Music, our philosophy of graduate education focuses on preparing students for lifelong careers in the world of music and music education. [+]

Overview

In the Setnor School of Music, our philosophy of graduate education focuses on preparing students for lifelong careers in the world of music and music education.

We challenge you to take your musicianship to the next level, with private study and collaborative music-making in small and large group settings. We also challenge you to think critically about music and expand your horizons in the arts and humanities. This professionally oriented approach prepares our graduate students for positions of vital importance in the music world and as music educators in public schools and colleges. Select a program from below to learn more.

Audio Arts (M.A.)

The interdisciplinary master of arts (M.A.) degree program in audio arts offers you the opportunity to learn about and gain skills in the music industry and audio arts fields. Taught in conjunction with Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the 14-month program offers four specializations at the intersection of music and media: music industry studies, sound production and recording arts, radio horizons, and music video. It begins with an intensive summer “boot camp” and concludes with a professional music industry internship capstone the following summer.... [-]


Contact

Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts

Website http://vpa.syr.edu/