Art, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

B.A. Program Concentrations

Studio Art

For Studio Art students, general instruction in the theory and practice of the visual arts is provided along with training that may include a focus in one or more of the following areas: drawing, painting, electronic design and multimedia, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or ceramic design. This focused study may be either broad or narrow, allowing students to build their skills in one or more areas after receiving foundation training in design. Studio Art students also take art history courses.

Art History

Art History students take introductory survey courses that are multicultural in focus. Advanced courses provide a grounding in historical and current visual culture traditions. Special topic courses are often linked to current museum exhibitions, and professional internships are open to qualified students. This concentration prepares students for career paths in museums and galleries, art publishing, auction houses, art appraisal, teaching art history, archaeology, and other art-related fields. Art History students also take studio art courses.

Digital Design [DGTLDSN]

The Digital Design concentration offers art students the opportunity of working in a range of digital media that includes: graphic design for print and electronic publications; imaging and illustration; web development and programming; video; 3D modeling and animation. These media courses are taken after students complete department foundation requirements in design. Students in Digital Design work on technical and creative projects in print- and screen-based media and focus on conceptualization, visual problem-solving, and production skills to build a professional design/media portfolio. Digital Design students also take art history courses. Students electing the Digital Design Concentration will choose 9 credits of coursework from a range of elective courses, 9 credits of 30000-level EDM electives, plus the 3 credit EDM capstone course (ART-Art-Course-Descriptions/40000/ART-49590'>ART 49590 Digital Design Portfolio). Depending on the courses selected, students may also need to complete foundational coursework (ART-Art-Course-Descriptions/20000/ART-29500'>ART 29500 Typography 1, ART-Art-Course-Descriptions/20000/ART-29510'>ART 29510 Graphic Design Concepts, ART-Art-Course-Descriptions/20000/ART-29520'>ART 29520 Illustration and/or ART-Art-Course-Descriptions/20000/ART-29526'>ART 29526 2D Imaging) that is prerequisite to some of the 3/30000-level EDM courses. See the Advising/Grad Check Sheet for more detail.

Photography

Photography students take courses that provide foundational materials and methods for lens-based art practices; these students choose from mid and upper level courses that provide advanced study in various aspects of photography as an art form. This includes advanced techniques, professional practices, and theory. Special topic and elective courses are offered that engage with the expanded field of photography in New York City and provide portfolio-building opportunities. Students electing the Photography Concentration also take foundation Studio Art and Art History courses. Students choose 9 credits of coursework from a range of elective courses, 9 credits from among the 30000-level Photography courses*, plus the 3 credit Photography Portfolio capstone course. Depending on the courses selected, a student may also need to complete foundational coursework that is the prerequisite for some of the 3/30000-level Photography courses. See the Advising/Grad Check Sheet for more detail.

Teaching Art K-12

Students interested in teaching in schools, community centers, and/or museums pursue coursework in three main areas: studio art, art history, and education. Building on a solid foundation in the theory, history, and practice of creating and analyzing art, students also learn how to create culturally-relevant lesson plans, build community with diverse populations, and teach the arts in multiple settings. Students in this concentration can elect to pursue Initial Certification with the New York State Department of Education that enables them to teach in the public school system in New York. Students seeking their Initial Certification in Art K-12, must complete student teaching requirements via the School of Education. Alternatively, students may opt to teach in out-of-school settings via the non-certification track.

Requirements for Majors

Students are required to have a GPA of 2.5 in order to declare a B.A. or B.F.A. Art major and must maintain that GPA in order to remain in the program.

College Core Courses required for all majors (6 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 10000Introduction to the Visual Arts of the World

3

ART 21000Writing About Art

3

ART 21000: or equivalent

Courses required for all majors (9 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 101002-Dimensional Design

3

One course from the following 2-Dimensional Group: (3 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 10200Introduction to Drawing

3

ART 10300Introduction to Woodcut

3

ART 10310Introduction to Etching/Bookbinding

3

ART 10400Introduction to Photography

3

ART 10410Photography and Visual Perception

3

ART 10500Introduction to Painting

3

One course from the following 3-Dimensional Group: (3 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 10600Introduction to Sculpture

3

ART 10700Introduction to Ceramic Design

3

ART 10800Introduction to Wood Design

3

ART 109003-Dimensional Design

3

Total Department Core Credits for All Majors 9

B.A. Concentration Requirements

Students are required to have a GPA of 2.5 in order to declare a BA Art major and must maintain that GPA in order to remain in the program.

Studio Art Concentration

Course NumberTitleCredits
Art History requirements: choose 1 course from Group I; choose 2 courses from Group II; choose 1 course from either group.

12

Studio Art electives

9

Studio Art electives at the 20000-level or above

12

Total Credit Hours:42

Art History Concentration

Course NumberTitleCredits
Art History requirements: choose 2 courses from Group I; choose 4 courses from Group II; choose 2 courses from either group.

24

Studio Art electives

6

ART 21090Research Methods in Art History

3

Total Credit Hours:42

Art History Group I

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 21012Egyptian Art and Architecture

3

ART 21014Greek and Roman Art

3

ART 21022Romanesque and Gothic Art

3

ART 21024Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture

3

ART 21025Northern Renaissance Art

3

ART 21026Baroque and Rococo Art in Europe

3

ART 21043Ancient Art of Meso-America, the Andes, and the Caribbean

3

ART 21052Islamic Art

3

ART 21053Art of India and Southeast Asia

3

ART 21054Art of China, Japan, and Korea

3

ART 21062History of Art I: Ancient through Medieval

3

ART 31550The Artist in Society: South Asian Perspectives

3

Art History Group II

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 21030Nineteenth Century Art in Europe

3

ART 21032American Art 1776-1900

3

ART 21036Early 20th-Century Art in Europe and the United States

3

ART 21038Postwar Art in the U.S. and Europe

3

ART 21044Art of Native North America

3

ART 21064History of Art II: Renaissance through Modern

3

ART 21067History of Design

3

ART 21068History of Graphic Design

3

ART 21069Art Criticism

3

ART 21070Topics in "Outsider" Art

3

ART 31012Arts of Africa: An Introduction

3

ART 31013Contemporary Arts of Africa

3

ART 31106Issues of Identity in Modern Art

3

ART 31115Public Art in the U.S.

3

ART 31118Themes and Methods of African Arts

3

ART 31530Modern Art in Latin America

3

ART 31531Modern Mexican Art

3

ART 31532Contemporary Art in Latin America

3

ART 31534History of Photography

3

ART 31538Art Since 1980

3

ART 31553Asian Art Since 1850: Tradition and Nation

3

ART 31570"Outsider" Art Environments

3

Digital Design Concentration

Course NumberTitleCredits
Art History requirements: choose ART 21067 History of Design or ART 21068 History of Graphic Design PLUS one course from Group I and two courses from Group II

12

Studio Art or EDM electives

9

EDM EDM electives at the 30000-level or above, with prerequisites

9

ART 49590Digital Design Portfolio

3

Total Credit Hours:42

Photography Concentration

Course NumberTitleCredits
Art History requirements: ART 31534 History of Photography (or any Photography Art History course) PLUS one course from Group I, one course from Group II, and one from either group.

12

Studio Art or Photography electives

9

Photography electives at the 30000-level, with prerequisites

9

ART 34000Photo Portfolio and Projects

3

Total Credit Hours:42

B.A. in Teaching Art Concentration

Course NumberTitleCredits

Studio Art:

Any three additional studio courses, including at least one 20000-level, and one 30000-level (9 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits

Art History:

Any four Art History courses, at least ONE from Group 1 and ONE from Group 2 (12 credits).

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 15500Introduction to Art Education

3

ART 25500Identity and Culture in Art Education

3

Total Credit Hours:44

Total Credits (including department core)

Students pursuing NY State Certification must apply for and complete the requirements for a Minor in Art Education through the School of Education including the following courses:

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDUC 20500Adolescent Learning and Development

3

OR

EDCE 20600Observing Children and Their Development

3

 

SPED 32000Introduction to Inclusive Education

3

EDUC 22100Urban Schools in a Diverse American Society

3

EDSE 32500Special Issues for Secondary School Teachers: Literacy and ESL

2

 

EDSE 41200Teaching Reading and Writing in Secondary School Subjects

3

OR

EDCE 32300Emergent to Fluent Literacy

3

 

EDSE 46500Student Teaching in the High School (Spanish 7-12)

4

EDSE 46301Seminar on Student Teaching in Secondary Schools

2

EDUC 41900Workshops on Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Prevention, Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and other professional topics

0

Total Credit Hours:22

EDUC 41900: certification only

Total Credit Hours Required for obtaining a B.A. degree: 120, at least 90 of which must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (RLA).


Honors and Research

Qualified students may be approved for honors work in studio projects (ART 31591-31593) or art historical research (ART 31094-31096).

General Education Requirements ("Pathways")

In general, students are required to complete 42 credits of General Education coursework, with some adjustments for transfer students. See the General Education Requirements (“Pathways”) section of the Bulletin for more information.