Down to a Fine Art

Majors: Studio Art | Art History
Minors: Art History | Commercial Design | Painting | Photography | Sculpture
Concentrations: Commercial Design | Generalist | Painting | Photography/Digital Art | Printmaking | Sculpture

Lycoming's art program offers all the benefits of a standalone art school while also providing a traditional liberal arts education, giving students exciting, inspiring opportunities and opening their minds to broader possibilities. Our art department is recognized for its innovative program, cutting-edge digital design, and exceptional faculty of teachers and practicing professional artists. The art history program gives students both a thorough background of art in the context of broader cultures as well as a solid understanding of basic artistic principles. Our engaging studio art curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the seven-course art core, which teaches the essential skills, grammar, and history of visual language. Using this foundational knowledge, students go on to explore a variety of creative art forms to develop a professional portfolio. Our students graduate equipped with everything they need to succeed as working professional artists, graphic/web designers, photographers, teachers, art therapists, conservators, curators, gallerists, animators, or in their pursuit of a higher degree.

Student Opportunities

  • Exhibit thesis work in our downtown art gallery to be judged by a nationally acclaimed juror.
  • Create alongside nationally and internationally recognized visiting artists and scholars.
  • Gain experience in professional museum and gallery practices through paid work-study opportunities at the College's downtown art gallery.
  • Participate in an internship at a gallery or design agency in local or major metropolitan areas.
  • Work toward induction into Lycoming's chapter of Kappa Pi International Arts Honor Society.
  • Attend and present at conferences and events such as the Intercollegiate Art History Symposium, Society for Photographic Education Conference, the International Digital Scholarship Conference, and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Conference.
  • Spend a semester abroad, take a May Term travel course with faculty, or go on department trips to major art museums.
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects and publications.

Why Lycoming?

  1. The curriculum is based on a rigorous foundations program that combines upper-level coursework in specific media.
  2. Small classes allow students to develop creativity and critical thinking skills that are intrinsic to a wide number of careers in the arts.
  3. Students have extensive exhibiting opportunities both on and off campus.
  4. Senior art majors have sizeable art studios located in the heart of downtown Williamsport.
  5. Art students can easily pursue an education certification or additional majors/minors in complementary programs such as 2D animation or web design & technologies.