Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts



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!


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.


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.








Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts