The Visual Arts Minor is a program for undergraduates wishing to pursue art studies in conjunction with their non-studio major. The Visual Arts Minor provides an outstanding overview of art as a discipline, an introduction to art history and design, and experience in a variety of studio areas.
You will take a total of six courses comprising 18 credits, four of which are studio-based. By the end the sequence, you will have had the opportunity to develop a range of art-making competencies. You will also have an understanding of art as a profession and field for further study.
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You will study with our outstanding full- and part-time faculty and interact with world-renowned visiting artists and designers who mentor the Department of Art and Design each semester.
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The Department of Art and Design occupies several on-campus buildings, housing fully-equipped studios for all studio art areas.
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Throughout their course of study, student artists create work using a variety of media and techniques, including ceramics, drawing, metalwork and jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Student work is regularly exhibited on campus.
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Students interested in pursuing careers in the fine arts often go on to pursue undergraduate and sometimes graduate majors in the disciplines.
Successful fine artists are often adventurous and entrepreneurial in spirit, often supporting their art-making careers with parallel work. Artists work as teachers in community programs or as administrators in galleries, museums, arts organizations or schools. Others work as studio assistants or apprentices to established professional artists. Some pursue art history degrees and become critics, curators, art publishers or historians. Studio artists are often commissioned — or receive grant support — for special projects including portraiture, illustration work, public sculpture, billboard art or mural installations. Others find work as art framers, space designers or in the fields of decorative and crafts arts.
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Montclair State University’s Art and Design programs are among the region’s most competitive, and meet the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).