In this major, you develop a creative studio practice by engaging with the ideas, communities, and global networks that shape contemporary art. You learn to translate ideas into visual expression by acquiring skills in a variety of media and exploring diverse contemporary artistic strategies in media ranging from painting and sculpture to video and performance.
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This program guides you to discover your creative voice, familiarizing you with traditional techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpture as well as innovative interdisciplinary methods in media including video, photography, experimental sound, social practice, and performance.
You acquire a range of practical and theoretical skills by producing medium-specific work in the Core Studios and developing a cross-media approach in conceptual exercises, discursive critiques, and discussions in the Core Seminars.
Art and design history and theory courses give you the research, writing, and critical reasoning skills you need to contextualize and share your ideas and concepts. Access to an array of lecture courses and electives in the humanities, social sciences, media studies, and business further develops your conceptual and critical abilities for a professional art career.
Learn by living in one of the most diverse arts communities in the world. Internships, visiting artist lectures, and professional practice courses broaden your perspective and expose you to real-world practices. In New York City, you have access to legendary local institutions such as the
New Museum; the
Museum of Modern Art; the
Whitney Museum of American Art;
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and the
Guggenheim, in addition to innumerable art galleries and nonprofit art institutions.
Graduates find success in fields such as fine art; arts administration; curatorial studies and practice; museum, auction house, gallery, and art fair management; art history and criticism; education; and publishing.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 120 credits as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and fulfill all requirements in
a timely manner.
To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive.
*Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in either sequence, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.
**The three first-year studio courses — Drawing/Imaging, Space/Materiality, and Time — can be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.
†Select two of three.
‡Select one of three.
The following is a list of some notable program alumni:
Tom Brauer (2002)
Lital Cohen (2003)
Sheryl R. (Fried) Kolitsopoulos (1980)
Lisa Ficarella Halpern (1981)
Matthew McCaslin (1980)
Shayna McConville (2002)
Lisa Norris (1992)
JoAnn Osnoe (1982)
Antonio Serna (1997)
Elizabeth Sibilia (1998)
Duston Spear (1976)
Katrin Speiss (1995)
Jakub Staron (1993)
Margaret Tsirantonakis (1980)
Leslie Wayne (1984)
Tony Wilkinson (1974)
All applicants are required to apply online using the
Common Application. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Some of your required materials will be submitted through
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