Art, Design & Art History

The program in art, design, and art history offers two different degrees, bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.).

B.A. degree is offered in the fine art, and art history majors. A B.F.A. degree, is offered in the graphic design majors. 

Art, design, and art history’s over-arching teaching mission is to incorporate skills that will translate into real-world experiences upon graduation and to be provided with the opportunity to become sophisticated and productive artists/designers, professionals, and scholars. To that end, we have developed an internship program that has placed our students as interns with artists, in graphic design firms, art galleries, and museums in New Jersey and New York.
Students accepted to the university may declare themselves a B.A. major after their first year, while a student interested in the B.F.A. degree must apply directly to the Graphic Design program with an art portfolio.

(B.A.) Specialization in Fine Art (080)

Major Requirements for Major in Art (080): Specialization in Fine Art (B.A.)

Required Foundation Courses (18 credits)

21:080:121  Introduction to Drawing (3) 

21:080:251  Introduction to Painting (3) 

21:080:261  Introduction to Photography (3)

21:080:223  Figure Drawing (3)

21:082:101  Introduction to Art History I (3)

21:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3)

Studio Courses of Specialization (15 credits) 

21:080:252  Painting II (3) or 21:080:355  Painting and Drawing Workshop (3) 

21:080:265  Experiments in Photography (3) 

21:080:351  Painting III (3) 

21:080:361 Studio Photography (3)

21:080:352  Painting IV (3) or 21:080:362 Photography Workshop (3)  

Senior Program (6 credits)

21:080:497  Senior Seminar Studio I (3) 

21:080:498  Senior Seminar Studio II (3)


Required Art History Courses (9 credits) 

21:082:350  Development of Modern Art (3) 

21:082:360  Art Since 1945 (3) 

21:___:___ A 200-level or above AH course approved by your advisor, such as: African Photography; Global Modernisms; Gender and Photography; Arts of Africa, etc. 

 

Required Critical Studies Course (3 credits)

21:080:285  Seminar in Contemporary Art (3)*

*ACM Critical Studies Core Requirement


Arts, Culture, and Media Departmental Core Requirements for Specialization in Fine Art (B.A.) (Also see Critical Studies*) (6 credits)

21:083:101  Introduction to Arts, Culture, and Media (3) 

21:083:301  Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media (3) or 21:083:401 Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media (3)

Other ACM (9 credits)

21:080:393/394  Art Internship (3)

 

(B.F.A.) Specialization in Graphic Design (081)

Major Requirements for Major in Art (081): Specialization in Graphic Design (B.F.A.)



Required Foundation Courses (27 credits)
  • 21:085:102  Design Fundamentals (3)
  • 21:085:103  3-D Design Fundamentals (3)
  • 21:080:121  Introduction to Drawing (3)
  • 
21:080:223  Figure Drawing (3)
  • 21:080:251  Introduction to Painting (3)
  • 21:080:261  Introduction to Photography (3)
  • 21:080:273  Introduction to Printmaking (3)
  • 21:082:101  Introduction to Art History I (3)
  • 21:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3)


Art History Requirements (9 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:082:202  History of Design (3)
  • 
21:082:350  Development of Modern Art (3)
  • 
21:082:360  Art Since 1945 (3)
Required Critical Studies Course (6 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:080:285  Seminar in Contemporary Art (3)*
  • *ACM Critical Studies Core Requirement
  • 21:080:399  Seminar in Contemporary Design (3)


Senior Program (6 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 
21:085:497  Senior Studio Seminar I (3)
  • 
21:085:498  Senior Studio Seminar II (3)
Courses of Specialization (21 credits from the following in consultation with adviser)
  • 
21:085:231  Graphic Design I (3)
  • 
21:085:232  Graphic Design II (3)
  • 21:085:331  Graphic Design III (3)
  • 21:085:332  Graphic Design IV (3)
  • 21:085:333  Motion Design (3)
  • 21:085:334  Interactive Design (3)
  • 
21:085:370  Computers in Graphic Design (3)
Other Requirements for Major (12 credits from the following in consultation with adviser)
  • 21:080:245  Digital Studio (3)
  • 21:080:252  Painting II (3)
  • 21:080:262  Photography II (3)
  • 21:080:263  Introduction to Digital Photography (3)
  • 21:080:264  Color Photography
  • 21:080:265  Experiments in Photography (3)
  • 21:080:276  Intaglio Printmaking (3)
  • 21:080:281  Introduction to Sculpture (3)
  • 21:080:283  Figure Sculpture (3)
  • 21:080:305  Problems in Art (3)
  • 21:080:306  Problems in Art (3)
  • 21:080:321  Drawing III (3)
  • 21:080:322  Drawing IV (3)
  • 21:080:345  Intermediate Digital Studio (3)
  • 21:080:354  Experiments in Digital Studio (3)
  • 21:080:351  Painting III (3)
  • 21:080:352  Painting IV (3)
  • 21:080:355  Painting and Drawing Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:361  Studio Photography (3)
  • 21:080:362  Photography Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:363  Digital Photography II (3)
  • 21:080:365  Photographic Communication & Illustration (3)
  • 21:080:373  Advanced Printmaking (3)
  • 21:080:378  Printmaking Workshop (3)
  • 21:080:391/392  Individual Study in Studio Art (3)
  • 21:080:393/394  Art Internship (3)
  • 21:080:405  Problems of Contemporary Art (3)
  • 21:080:445  Advanced Experiments in Computer Art (3)
  • 21:080:483  Advanced Sculpture Workshop (3)
  • 21:085:236  Illustration I (3)
  • 21:085:335  Motion Design II (3)
  • 21:085:336  Interactive Design II (3)
  • 21:085:391/392 Individual Study Design (3)
  • 21:085:393/394 Internship in Design (3)

Other courses from within the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media can be used to fulfill these additional courses in consultation with adviser.

Arts, Culture, and Media Departmental Core Requirements for Specialization in Graphic Design (B.A.) (Also see Critical Studies*) (6 credits)
  • 21:083:101  Introduction to Arts, Culture, and Media (3)
  • 21:083:301  Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media (3) or 21:083:401 Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media (3)

(B.A.) Specialization in Art History (080)

Major Requirements for Major in Art (080): Specialization in Art History (B.A.)

Required Studio Courses (6 credits from the following)
  • 21:085:102  Design Fundamentals (3)
  • 
21:085:103  3-D Design Fundamentals (3)
  • 
21:080:121  Introduction to Drawing (3)
  • 
21:080:251  Introduction to Painting (3)
  • 21:080:261  Introduction to Photography (3)
Required Foundation Courses (6 credits)
  • 21:082:101  Introduction to Art History I (3)
  • 21:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3)
Required Art History Courses (6 credits)
  • 21:082:350  Development of Modern Art (3)
  • 
21:082:360  Art Since 1945 (3)
Required Critical Studies Course (3 credits)
  • *ACM Critical Studies Core Requirement
3 credits from the following, in consultation with adviser:
  • 21:080:285  Seminar in Contemporary Art (3)
  • 21:089:304 Convergence (3)
  • 21:089:256/257  Art and History of Film (3)
  • 21:089:309  Imagery and Culture (3)


Elective Courses for Specialization (21 credits in consultation with adviser)
  • 
21 credits of art history (082) or related courses 200 level or above
  • 

21:082:201 History of Non-Western Art
  • 21:082:202 History of Design
  • 21:082:207 Art and Women
  • 21:082:210 Intro to Architectural History I
  • 21:082:211 Intro to Architectural History II
  • 21:082:233 Newark: A History of Art, Architecture, and Cultural Institutions
  • 21:082:270 American Art
  • 
21:082:275 Black Art in America
  • 21:082:280 Art of the Far East
  • 21:082:285 Art of Africa
  • 
21:082:305 Problems in Art
  • 21:082:310 Ancient Art
  • 
21:082:320 Medieval Art
  • 21:082:330 Renaissance Art
  • 
21:082:340 Baroque and Rococo Art
  • 21:082:382 History of Photography
  • 21:082:391, 392 Individual Study in Art History
  • 21:082:393, 394 Internship in Art History
Senior Thesis (6 credits)
  • 21:082:497  Senior Seminar in Art History I (3)
  • 21:082:498  Senior Seminar in Art History II (3)
Arts, Culture, and Media Departmental Core Requirements for Art History (6 credits) (Also see Critical Studies*)
  • 21:083:101  Introduction to Arts, Culture, and Media (3)
  • 21:083:301  Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media (3) or 21:083:401 Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media (3)
  • 21:—:— (3) approved by your advisor
    21:—:— (3) approved by your advisor

 

Minor in Art (080)

Requirements for Minor in Art (080)

Required Studio Courses (9 credits)
    • 21:080:121  Introduction to Drawing (3)
    • 21:082:101  Introduction to Art History I (3) or 21:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3)
  • 21:085:102  Design Fundamentals (3)
Additional Art Courses (9 credits)
  • 9 credits of art or design courses (080 to 085) in consultation with adviser

Minor in Art History (082)

Requirements for Minor in Art History (082)

Required Art History Courses (6 credits)
    • 21:082:101  Introduction to Art History I (3)

 

  • 21:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3)
Additional Art History Courses (12 credits)
  • 12 credits of art history courses (082) 200 level or above in consultation with adviser
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