About the Department

Department of Art and Design

Department Overview


For more than 40 years, the Department of Art and Design has educated artists and designers who impact, interpret and shape the visual world around us. Through exposure to all facets of the visual arts, you will develop a portfolio of work that will enable you to live and work as an artist, designer, historian, arts manager, or educator.

Undergraduates receive a comprehensive grounding in color theory, drawing, and two- and three-dimensional design. Our BFA and BA curriculums expand on these offerings with a choice of majors and concentrations in visual communication design, product design, fashion studies, art history, art education and visual arts (including 11 specializations.)

Students wishing to continue their studies can opt for the intensive Master of Fine Arts, or MFA, program in Studio or the Master of Arts program with a Studio Concentration. 

All students work and learn in fully equipped studios for animation/illustration, ceramics, drawing, film, visual communication and product design, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, papermaking, and sculpture. MFA students enjoy spacious private studios as well as common workspaces, and seminar and resource rooms. Student-run galleries showcase the works of Montclair State artists.

An exciting addition to Montclair’s arts facilities, the 3,130-square-foot George Segal Gallery exhibits the works of regional and internationally acclaimed artists, as well as our students.

You will be encouraged to exhibit your work in professional galleries in New York City and New Jersey. We invite critics and gallery dealers to our MFA students’ culminating exhibit that is held each year in a New York City gallery. You’ll also connect with artists, historians, critics and curators through Art Forum, the department’s popular lecture series.

All of our programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

To learn more, visit us or contact any of our faculty listed in our department staff directory