Grow Your Art Practice with a BFA Degree
Art + Extended Media is a BFA degree program in studio art where you will explore all types of media. You’ll become as fluent creating with a computer as you are creating with your hands.
This program emphasizes a strong studio practice. Following foundation year courses, you’ll receive a studio space. Art majors meet together in a studio seminar course where they refine their practice. Our goal is that students understand who they are as artists and why they make art.
We believe that an art practice should be well-rounded, where students can answer conceptual challenges with many skills. Studio art majors take courses from the Graphic + Media Design and Interior + Spatial Design programs, making Art + Extended Media a unique BFA degree program, where physical and digital art-making go hand-in-hand.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Faculty
Faculty members exhibit their work nationally and internationally, and contribute to cultural institutions in Albany, Troy and surrounding areas. Faculty members also engage in their own art practice alongside students, which promotes an enriching community of learning.
Everything to fulfill your creative passion
You’ll explore clay, metal and wood in our sculpture facilities. In printmaking, you’ll create works through relief, etching and screenprinting processes. We also maintain a black and white darkroom that students experiment with as early as their first year. Our drawing and painting studios offer the space and light for realizing whatever challenge you take on.
You’ll have access to digital fabrication equipment like 3D printers, a laser cutter and vacuum former. Large format printers, Wacom Cintiq displays, scanners and audiovisual equipment are available through the Art + Design Technology Center.
Lost in Art is one of several student groups you can join. Lost in Art is an extension of the Art + Extended Media program and invites all Sage students to workshops, mural painting, exhibitions and other events. You may also serve on the editorial staff or publish your work in Vernacular, a student-run publication and campus tradition for more than 50 years.
Two on-campus galleries provide you with the chance to develop and curate shows, experiment with installations, and exhibit work.
And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network with Russell Sage College’s entire Art + Design department and members of Albany and Troy’s creative communities through lectures, events and exhibitions at the Opalka Gallery.
“Russell Sage College is a great place to explore the potential of your ideas …”
William Fillmore, MFA
Assistant Professor of 3D and Extended Media
Read more from BFA students, faculty and alumni.
“There’s this quote that I found a while back in a fortune cookie,” said Tayron Lopez ’19, “‘When you act …
Melinda McDaniel, MFA
Melinda McDaniel believes in an idea she calls “design thinking” and it helps explain why she’s so passionate about teaching …
Quill Harrison ’21
We’re often told first impressions mean a lot. Well, in Quill Harrison’s case, a good first impression determined where she …
Careers with a BFA Degree in Studio Art
Art majors get great jobs in community arts organizations, museums and galleries, educational institutions, communication agencies and design firms and other settings.
Recent graduates are working as a graphic designer at Audible, an art manager at Blizzard Entertainment video game company, as art teachers and in design, videography and photography roles at advertising and communications firms.
Graduate Studies with a BFA Degree
A Master of Fine Arts degree or Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education is the next step for many studio art majors who want to continue their education.
Recent Art + Extended Media graduates have been accepted to Sage’s MAT in Art Education program, to the University of Buffalo’s MFA program, and to graduate programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Russell Sage College’s Visual Arts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190. 703-437-0700.
We’d like to meet you! Come visit our campuses, get to know our faculty and diverse student body, even sit in on a class or two.
First-year and transfer students can find information about application procedures, tuition, financial aid and scholarships via the links at the bottom of this page.
Applicants to Russell Sage College’s BFA programs should also submit a portfolio of their work. This might sound intimidating, but don’t worry. You have options!
- If you have a portfolio that’s ready to submit, great! You can submit it online at sagearts.slideroom.com.
- If you don’t have a portfolio, or you don’t feel your portfolio is ready, that’s okay. You can join Russell Sage College’s Art + Design department as a pre-art major for your first year. You’ll take the same foundation courses the rest of the students take. Then, at the end of your first year:
- You can submit a portfolio with the foundation year work you just made, or
- If you have at least a 3.0 average in your six foundation studio courses, the portfolio requirement will be waived for you.
More information about what to include in your portfolio and how to submit your portfolio is available at sagearts.slideroom.com.