Ceramics class


The SJC Department of Art offers courses of instruction in a range of studio arts and art history. Studio courses focus on the fundamentals of visual communication and developing technical and conceptual skills. Our Art major prepares students for entry into professional careers and graduate programs. Students can major or minor in Art, and some courses may be taken as electives for personal enrichment by non-Art majors. 



BA in Art (4 year)

Also available as a minor

Why Art?

  • 1According to The Princeton Review, “There is a great demand for people with artistic training, especially graphic designers and those with multi-media skills. Web and software companies hire thousands of artists each year. The advertising and publishing industries constantly need illustrators and photographers. All schools and small studios need art instructors, and museums recruit Art majors for staff positions.”
  • 2A degree in Art will provide you with creative insight, which can be beneficial in every type of employment.
  • 3According to the US Department of Labor, the median hourly wage for those with an Art degree is $28.29, while the average for all occupations that require a bachelor’s degree is $16.27.

Careers in Art

  • Animator
  • Art Dealer
  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Creative Consultant
  • Fashion or Interior Design
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer
  • Potter
  • Website Designer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Chicago
  • Indiana University 
  • Washington University
  • Saint Mary of the Woods

Why Study Art at SJC?


The Department of Art at SJC offers a wide array of courses, including Basic Design and Color Theory, 2D and 3D Design, Art History, Drawing, Ceramics, Textiles, Painting, Graphic Design, Glass, Photography, Printmaking, special topic courses, and opportunities for independent study. Each Art course includes a field trip to a special exhibition or event related to the course. For example, the Department of Art has taken Design students to the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara House in West Lafayette, Ind. and Ceramics students to the Art Institute in Chicago, Ill. to view the collections of Mesoamerican and African pottery. Other field trips have recently included visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Ill. and the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Ind. to view contemporary collections and special exhibitions. 

Hands-on Experience

At SJC, Art students are encouraged to pursue internships. Common internships include working with the Jasper County Youth Center or the Prairie Arts Council (PAC), Rennselaer's fine arts program. Many of our Art majors have held summer internships with PAC to assist with PAC's annual Art Camp and other summer programs. Students are also encouraged to study abroad. Our Art students have opportunities to study in England, Italy, and Spain. All students, both Art and non-Art students, are encouraged to participate in Art Club. Art Club offers students opportunities to work on additional projects and spend time with other students who are passionate about art. 

Dedication to Excellence

The Department of Art at SJC holds multiple student exhibitions each year, where students can display their work. SJC is also affiliated with the Rensselaer Prairie Arts Council, which creates opportunities for students to display their work in a gallery and become involved with PAC's exhibitions and workshops. 

Faculty and Class Size

The Art faculty members are committed to working closely with each student to foster individual artistic growth in an atmosphere of creative collaboration and community. Some courses are taught by adjunct professors who are professionals in their artistic medium. Art classes at SJC range in size between 7 and 15 students, which allows personal instruction and training.


Amanda Duncan '15

Amanda Duncan '15

Major: Biology Wildlife Ecology Track and Art


"With my majors being on opposite sides of the spectrum, my professors always encouraged me to do my very best. They even inspired me to combine my majors for my Senior Portfolio thesis."

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

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    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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