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Visual Arts

Are you fascinated by the ways art conveys thoughts, feelings and reflects the society around us? Students who study Visual Arts learn to create using a variety of media and techniques, including ceramics, drawing, metalwork and jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, and exhibit their work on and off campus. Our undergraduate program is aligned with the most contemporary practices of the field and our interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts will prepare you for a lifelong career as a professional fine artist.

Career Opportunities

  • Fine Artist
  • Art Director
  • Painter
  • Sculptor
  • Art Appraiser
  • College Art Professor
  • Photographer
  • Environmental Artist
  • Corporate Art Buyer

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Visual Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts is a pre-professional degree program that immerses students in a wide range of artistic media as well as focus on interdisciplinary production, digital creation, and entrepreneurship. There is also an emphasis on the liberal arts.

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BA in Visual Arts, School and Community Settings Concentration

This concentration is designed for art students who would like to prepare to teach in public-service organizations that don’t require state certification, such as museums, hospitals or community organizations. Visual Arts Education students can choose course clusters that focus on Art Therapy; Museums and Galleries; Community-School settings; or Entrepreneurship.

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BA in Visual Arts, Art Education Concentration with Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool-Grade 12)

The Art Education Concentration is offered within the university’s Teacher Preparation program as a professional degree option that leads to the instructional certificate that qualifies students to teach Art in grades P-12 in New Jersey as well as our nation’s schools.

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BA in Visual Arts, Art Education Concentration (Combined BA/MAT with Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool-Grade 12) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)

This Dual Degree/Dual Certification option is a 5-year program that leads to a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree (BA and MAT) along with official certifications to teach Art to mainstream students and students with disabilities in grades P-12 in schools across the country.

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Graduate Programs

MFA in Studio Art

Our two-year MFA program assembles a diverse group of forward-thinking artists and distinguished artists and educators who have exhibited all over the world. The curriculum is comprised of 60 credits including seminars in theory, criticism and art history; independent study in research, studio and criticism; completion of a final paper; design and production of an exhibition catalog; mounting of a solo thesis exhibition; plus, a sequence of lectures, presentations and critiques.

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Art, Instructional Certification: Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool-Grade 12)

Students with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in teaching Art in schools, grades P-12, may pursue the Post-baccalaureate program which leads to initial teacher certification.

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