Visual Arts (BA)

Department of Art and Design

Fine Arts Studio BFA

Program Director: Prof. Catherine Bebout; 973-655-7286


 

Visual Arts (BA): The Big Picture

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts is a pre-professional degree program that prepares students to be professional fine artists and also places an emphasis on the liberal arts. Areas of study include:

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The BA is especially recommended for students wishing to continue their visual arts education at the graduate level.

Independent BFA majors are also available in Animation/Illustration, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design

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What You Will Study

As a freshman in the BA Visual Arts program, you will follow a core curriculum that includes courses in concept development; two- and three-dimensional design; figure drawing; color studies, and the history of art. In your sophomore year, you will take courses in your chosen specialization, as well as elective courses that broaden and enhance your studio experience. The general education curriculum provides grounding in the liberal arts while reinforcing critical thinking skills. 

 

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Our Faculty

You will study with our outstanding full- and part-time faculty and interact with world-renowned visiting artists and designers, who mentor our art and design students each semester.

Click the links below to learn more:

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Studio Facilities

The Department of Art and Design occupies several on-campus buildings, housing full-equipped studios for all studio areas.

For more information, go to:

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Student Work

Throughout their course of study, student artists create work using a variety of media and techniques, including ceramics, drawing, metalwork & jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Student work is regularly exhibited on campus. 

Visit our Student Work Gallery:


See how two Visual Arts students discuss their work at their solo exhibitions at Gallery 3.5 in Calica Hall: 


"What's Next" by Acejoslyn Lipuma

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Carmen Schultheis

 

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Careers in Fine Arts and Professional Resources

Artists with degrees in Visual Arts pursue many paths to find outlets for their creativity. Those wishing to teach at the college level or advance their education in the arts go on to graduate school. Others embark immediately on careers as professional artists, opening studios where they develop work for exhibition.

Successful artists are often adventurous and entrepreneurial in spirit, often supporting their art-making careers with parallel work. Artists often 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.

Please visit the links below for additional information:

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Accreditation

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).

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Apply Now

Students applying to the BA Visual Arts program may complete their application here. (A portfolio is required to apply to this program.)

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