Program Overview

In this two-week NASAD and New York State accredited intensive studio arts course, students will have the opportunity to expand and/or launch their understanding of a variety of 2D art-making methodologies expected in a successful university-level portfolio submission. This course encourages participants to explore unfamiliar processes that develop life-long creative confidence and enriches a broad approach to making art.

Photo of 2D Art student painting in class
Summer College student working in 2D Art Studio

This course is based in the School of Art and students will have access to many of the extraordinary facilities within the College of Visual and Performing Arts at SU and work amidst some of our most celebrated faculty. Students will create in a vibrant college environment will receive a bona fide taste of what it is like to pursue an art-based career. Participation in a studio culture of idea generation, material exploration, process experimentation, collaboration, artist research, and critique is standard in all SU: VPA School of Art courses including this offering to high school students who are looking to ‘get ahead”.

  “I felt challenged to expand my art portfolio.” -Summer College 2D Art student, 2018.

Program Objectives

  • Further develop your portfolio
  • Participate in critique and collaboration while earning 1 college credit
  • Immerse yourself in a college studio art class

Learn more about 2D Art:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 13 – July 26, 2019
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: 1 credit
Grading System: A-F

Students that successfully complete this course for one-credit can apply the credit toward their BFA degree in the School of Art at Syracuse University.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to submit a portfolio to be considered for the 2D Art program. Please attach portfolio pieces online with your application via SlideRoom. Instructions are provided in the application.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $3,460*
  • Commuter: $2,666*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

A Professor will instruct each morning and a Teaching Assistant (TA) will instruct each afternoon. Students will have to opportunity to learn from a different TA for each of the three disciplines discussed, based on their specialty.

A typical day in the 2D Art Studio (varies from day to day)

  • 9:00 am Faculty lecture: slide show or view artworks from the Print Media Program’s archive
  • 10:00 am Technical Demonstration(s), one-on-one discussions about proposed projects

    2D Art students with their final piece
    2D Art students with their final piece
  • 11:00 am Work on projects
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Work on projects
  • 3:00 pm Critique
  • 4:00-4:30 pm End day

Two evenings per week we will have open, monitored studio hours for students to utilize the studios at the Comstock Art Facility (ComArt). Students are expected to use these open studio hours wisely and in order to successfully execute the unique projects proposed by faculty and TA’s.

In addition to developing a personal style and approach to art making, participants will get an introduction to a selection of artists, including a guest faculty member, and slide presentations of their professional practice. These practices provide an immersive and well-rounded understanding of the breadth and depth of the profession.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

The class will take at least one field trip to the SUArt Gallery Print collection, which houses thousands of works on paper from Rembrandt to Warhol. Field trips for 2019 will be announced soon.

End Event

At the end of this two-week session, students will collaborate in curating a group exhibition in the Sarah A. Coyne Gallery of Art in ComArt and participate in a group critique enabling an experience in the foundation of critical dialogue.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 26, 2019 upon the completion of their course at 5:00pm. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bios

Dusty Herbig – Associate Professor, Studio Arts and Coordinator, Printmaking

Dusty Herbig teaches lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, relief, and all levels of advanced and graduate courses. He also serves as the director and master printer of Lake Effect Editions, the press of the printmaking intensive. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 and a B.F.A. from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, in 1996.

Herbig exhibits nationally, participating in juried exhibitions in all corners of the U.S., including Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, New York City, and internationally, including exhibitions in Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Spain, Pakistan, Taiwan, Brazil, Germany, South Korea, and Poland. His socially provocative work is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; KUMU; the Art Museum of Estonia; Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas; the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Hunterdon, New Jersey; the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York City, among others. Herbig is also the recipient of a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in printmaking, drawing, and book arts.

Check out Dusty’s personal site here!