Can I have the registration code for that super exciting class I want to take?

For introductory level courses contact Stephanie Ashenfelder, the Studio Program Manager, directly. For advanced courses, contact the listed professor. 

Can my friend come in ‘real-quick’ to make their fraternity/sorority paddle, bunk bed, or spice-rack?


Can I use Sage Art Center’s facilities if I am not enrolled in a studio class?

Only students currently enrolled in studio classes enjoy the privileges of using a well-equipped and well-stocked facility. Rochester is rich in opportunity for individuals interested in art making, but not enrolled in a studio class. Many resources exist off campus and are well worth pursuing.

Whom do I contact to check out equipment?

Email the Digital Equipment Technician at

Can I check out equipment if I am not in a studio course?

No. You must be enrolled in a studio course to check out equipment.

Do you need studio art experience to take a studio course?

Not necessarily; introductory level courses are designed to accommodate students with a broad range of experience.

Can my high school studio experience or advanced placement portfolio be considered in determining what level studio course should be taken first?

The successful completion of our program’s introductory level courses not only assures a particular level of skill and a broad knowledge of technique and approach, it advances the importance of writing and the discursive elements of art evaluation. These two important aspects of studio experience are difficult to assess through AP portfolios and school records. Four advanced placement credit hours (with a score of 4 or 5) can be granted if a “B” or higher is earned in any 100-level studio course.

Where do you keep the balloons/aluminum foil?

These and similar items can be found at local area stores that aren’t University Art Centers.

What does my studio fee cover?

…coming soon.

What can I do with studio art experience upon graduation?

Our program asks students to think critically and to synthesize ideas and materials creatively; these skills are invaluable in any aspect of life. Many of our majors and minors further their academic career in noted graduate programs and go on to become professional artists. Some teach, which can be a complement to supporting one’s art career – while allowing time for an artist to develop their artwork, teaching keeps the artist involved in the dialogue and production of art. Some students go on to free-lance work in graphic and commercial design, web-page design and computer animation. Others enter the commercial art field or pursue careers and interests in museums and galleries.

Does your program offer commercial, design, ceramics, or craft-oriented courses?

Although our classes broach all of the concerns key to understanding these areas, our courses are more broad in base and application and are not limited to professional application or craft. Art production is a means of communication, and as such, is a major contributor to a rich liberal arts experience.