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Departments & Areas of Study

Your creative career starts here.

Fuel your artistic endeavors and increase your value with a degree from the School of Fine & Performing Arts.


Create, learn and master professional skills in your preferred medium, or begin your journey to becoming an educator.

Theatre Arts

Evolve to your fullest potential while exploring performance, design/technology or theatre arts in a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community.


Join a community of musicians immersed in the creation and performance of music. We teach our students to think broadly with an open mind, and to be flexible in their creativity.

Art History

Dedicated teachers committed to research and scholarship, close student-faculty interaction and critical, analytical interpretation of world art traditions await you in the Art History Department.

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For her senior Honors Program thesis, SUNY New Paltz alumna Hailey Meyer ’23 (Visual Arts Education) sought to make art education accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. In doing so, she created a new curriculum with the potential to unite young learners and teachers through the power of art.
online MSEd in Art Education program
An online exhibition for the most recent cohort of our fully online MSEd in Art Education program! Making is messy. It is fraught with challenges of material, concept, space, and time. Objects explode. Ideas fail. Studios become cluttered. And time is an uneven partner.
Saturday Arts Lab (SAL) at SUNY New Paltz is a teaching and learning studio lab where children (ages 4-11) in grades K-6 engage in exploring art and ideas through a variety of art experiences. All classes are taught by advanced art education preservice teachers and are supervised by experienced SUNY New Paltz Art Education faculty.

The Dorsky Museum


The Dorsky Museum creates art experiences that spark curiosity, critical thinking, and delight, connecting and serving the University and the diverse communities of our region. We are a hub for the art and artists of the Hudson Valley - free, open, and accessible to all.

Visit the Dorsky