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About Art & Design at Keuka College

If you're interested in design, visual expression, or digital communication, you'll excel in Keuka College's Art & Design program. You'll learn to bring your unique visions to life and develop your own personal style in any medium you can imagine.

From drawing to graphic and web design, photography and painting, your professors will help enhance your creativity and develop the skills you'll need for success in the workforce or graduate study.

Art & Design Program Highlights

Focus on Careers

An Art & Design degree from Keuka College can lead to fantastic careers in marketing, public relations, communications, advertising, business, publishing, theatre, or studio arts.

Real-World Experience

The cornerstone of a Keuka College education is experience outside the classroom. Your four Field Period™ experiences will give you the chance to work with professional and studio artists and designers, exploring different professions and career paths while you're still in school.

Future Oriented

The Art & Design program gives you exposure to, and practice with, the most cutting-edge digital tools and teaches you how to visually represent complex data—a key skill for success in 21st-century careers.

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Program Overview

The Art & Design major or minor are fantastic choices if you’re interested in design, visual expression, or digital communication. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, fine-arts degrees lead to high job prospects and satisfaction in a number of different industries.

At Keuka College, your professors will work with you to foster your creative development and personal expression. You’ll graduate with a portfolio that demonstrates your mastery of the skills and experiences you need to use art and creative expression to meet critical business needs in today’s world.

And, as a result of your Keuka College’s Field Period™ experiences, you’ll graduate with four real-world art and design experiences that enhance your résumé and your portfolio.

The Art & Design minor brings a flair of creativity to any major, but it goes particularly well with organizational communication, management, and marketing.

Art Therapy

Interested in becoming an art therapist? If you major in Art & Design and minor in psychology, you’ll be completely prepared for appropriate graduate studies. Keuka College graduates have gone on to pursue their master’s degrees in some of the region’s top art therapy programs.

The Faculty

The Art & Design faculty at Keuka College are more than just great teachers. They’re accomplished artists who will serve as creative mentors and help you achieve your dreams.

As an Art & Design student, you’ll also have the chance to work with and study under musicians, professional dancers, writers, poets, and philosophers who comprise the College’s Humanities and Fine Arts faculty.

Faculty in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts

Digital Literacy

Keuka College’s Art & Design major and minor each include an emphasis on digital design, digital storytelling, and the digital tools used by today’s top artists and producers.

You’ll learn to design web pages, digitally restore and enhance photographs, make digital movies, and create digital masterpieces. By the time you graduate from Keuka College, you’ll know how to use and understand today’s cutting edge technology to create art, build an electronic portfolio that showcases your masterpieces to the world and helps attract commissions, and bring value to employers.

Global Education

At Keuka College, the world of art is yours to explore. Our Humanities and Fine Arts faculty often lead trips to some of the world’s leading art-tourism destinations, including New York City, Italy, France, Ireland, Prague, Vienna, and more.

These culture exploration Field Period™ sojourns give you the chance to see world-famous, original works of art up close and personal, broaden your horizons by experiencing new cultures, and earn credit toward your Art & Design degree.


Keuka College’s Art & Design students do much of their learning – and creating – in the College’s new Center for Art & Design. The Center is located on the fourth floor of Hegeman Hall, where wall-to-wall windows provide not only all-important light, but inspirational views of the College campus and Keuka Lake.

The center includes classrooms, a design lab, painting facilities, and private studio space, among other amenities. In addition, a sculpture and ceramic studio is located on the lower level of Hegeman Hall.


Art & Design students have enhanced their education by participating in a number of projects throughout the campus and the community, including:

  • The Art of Chemistry: An independent study with a chemistry professor to photograph experiments and paint a periodic table of elements (they even created the paints from the elements themselves)
  • Who Is Penn Yan?: A collaborative project between art and English majors working with elementary school children to write and illustrate stories about the people of Penn Yan.
  • Work-Study Jobs and On-Campus Field Period™ Experiences: Many Art & Design students find incredible opportunities on campus. Students have helped to design advertisements, publications, and promotional materials; created a watercolor campus map; made commissioned gifts to give to donors; independently devised the President’s annual holiday greeting card; and illustrated a children’s book.

You’ll also find plenty of opportunities to create art as a member of clubs and organizations, including:

  • Art Club
  • Keukonian Student Newspaper (as a photographer, designer, or illustrator)
  • Kiondaga Yearbook (as a photographer, designer, or illustrator)
  • Red Jacket literary magazine (publishes student artwork)

Award Opportunities

R. William & Rosalie Rose Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship

Recognizes student scholarship and contributions to the Fine Arts.

Lightner Gallery

The Lightner Gallery is Keuka College’s art gallery, curated by Assistant Professor of Art & Design Melissa Newcomb. The gallery features exhibitions throughout the year by professional artists and designers and includes the annual student shows, one of which highlights the work of graduating majors.

Student and professional artists alike may also choose to sell their works during gallery exhibitions. Community members, trustees, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators often purchase student art during exhibitions.

Student Work

Here are some recent works of art by Keuka College students. If you’d like to see more, schedule a campus visit or stop by the Lightner Gallery next time you’re in the Finger Lakes.

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• Book Illustrator
• Caricature Artist
• Comic Artist
• Comic Book Artist
• Comic Illustrator
• Commercial Artist
• Concrete Sculptor
• Editorial Cartoonist
• Fashion Illustrator
• Free Lance Artist
• Fresco Artist
• Glass Artist
• Ice Sculptor
• Medical Illustrator
• Mural Painter
• Muralist
• Non-Representational Metal Sculptor
• Oil Painter
• Pattern Illustrator
• Political Cartoonist
• Portrait Artist
• Portrait Painter
• Scientific Illustrator
• Sketch Artist
• Sports Cartoonist
• Stained Glass Artist
• Water Colorist

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

$46,460 5,700 800 Bachelor's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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