Bard College

In an era when much contemporary art cannot be contained within the traditional categories of painting and sculpture, and when technology is transforming the production of visual images, the Studio Arts Program at Bard has expanded the breadth of its offerings while retaining a strong core of courses that provide a firm grounding in basic techniques and principles.

The Studio Arts Program is available to both the student who wishes to major and moderate into the program as well as the student who wishes to experience the visual arts and apply that experience to other disciplines.

Students moderate by the end of their sophomore year and after having completed at least 40 credits. A successful moderation is necessary to major in the studio arts program.

New York

United States

PO Box 5000 Annandale-on-Hudson
Phone: 845-758-7145

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Location and Getting there

As a residential college, Bard provides an exquisite campus setting in which students pursue their academic interests and craft a rich social life. The fusion of two historic estates, Bard's park-like campus covers more than 500 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River. The Catskill Mountains, to the west, can be viewed from many student residences and from the grounds and gardens of Blithewood (the mansion that houses The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College). Walking trails crisscross the campus through wooded areas, along the Saw Kill stream, and down to the river.

Ward Manor Estate in North Campus offers student housing with views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.
New York City's boundless cultural resources, about 90 miles to the south, are readily accessible by train or car. Two major contemporary art institutions are in Bard's vicinity. Dia:Beacon, some 30 miles south of campus, houses a renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary arts in the United States, is in North Adams, Massachusetts, less than a two-hour drive nor...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description  

Information For  Undergraduates  

Information For  Postgraduates

The resources of Bard's graduate programs and centers are readily available to the College's undergraduates. Those resources include access to exhibitions, symposia, panel discussions, study tours, and public programs.

Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture

Founded in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center is an international study and exhibition center in New York City devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the decorative arts of all cultures. The BGC offers programs of study leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the history of the decorative arts, design, and culture. It also publishes a semiannual journal, organizes exhibitions, and offers a broad range of public programs.
Phone: 212-501-3000
Application Due Date: January 16, 2007

Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture

The Center for Curatorial Studies, founded in 1990, offers an innovative two-year graduate program leading to a master of arts degree in curatorial studies. Students take courses in the history and theory of contemporary art a...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students  



Student Facilities

Exhibition Space
A large exhibition space in the Fisher Studio Arts Building permits an ambitious schedule of exhibitions, which are an integral component of the program. In addition to open student exhibitions, Senior Project shows, and Moderation exhibitions, student work on particular themes is exhibited at student-curated and faculty-curated shows. Exhibitions of work by outside artists, selected by independent curators, are also presented each year. Bard's Center for Curatorial Studies is another on-campus site for exhibitions of contemporary art.

The Bard College Exhibition Center, the first off-campus site of this kind, is a 16,000-square-foot gallery and studio space in the village of Red Hook. The exhibition center gives graduating seniors the opportunity to present their Senior Projects in a professional space dedicated solely to the exhibition of student work.

Visits to museums and galleries in New York City are a requirement of many courses and seminars and are otherwise encouraged.

Studio Space
There are 23 studio spaces in the Fisher Studio Art Center building...  [ Read All ]

Student Life

As a residential college of 1,500 students, Bard’s Annandale campus provides an exquisite setting in which students pursue their academic interests and craft a rich social life. The fusion of two historic estates, the park-like campus covers about 250 hectares of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River. Just 140 kilometers (90 miles) north of New York City Bardians have easy access to one of the worlds great cities by car or train, yet have the advantage of a secure and relaxing campus where they can concentrate on their studies and develop interpersonal and civic skills in a close knit community. The temperate climate in the Hudson River Valley offers the joy of all four seasons with temperatures ranging from zero in the winter months to 20 C in August (when new students arrive.) In the spring and fall the temperature ranges between 10C and 15C.  

How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

Candidates are encouraged to visit the College to tour the campus with a student guide and learn about the facilities and curriculum. Appointments for visits may be made, at least one week in advance, through the Admission Office. Interviews are not required.

Informational student-led campus tours are available by appointment most weekdays at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Additional tours are available in Spring on Saturdays.
Reservations are required. Please call 845-758-7472 or e-mail to reserve a tour.
All tours meet at the Admission Office. Click here for a campus map.
Information Sessions: We include information sessions to accommodate our tours weekdays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Special Saturday Tours are available in the spring on April 21 and 28, at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. For further information and reservations, call 845-758-7472 or e-mail