BFA: Fine Arts

Since the making of images is an intellectual process, the education of the artist should go considerably beyond instruction of technique and media. The artistic process, at its best, is creative intuitive, analytical and highly sophisticated. It requires all the knowledge, discipline, sensitivity and awareness of liberally educated intelligence. Students in the program will gain the technical and intellectual preparation necessary for the development of their own personal creative solutions and the means to make better-informed career decisions.
The program will prepare students to:
Demonstrate technical skills

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of various art mediums, in particular, but not limited to: graphite, charcoal, inks, watercolor, gouache, acrylic paint, oil paint, and printmaking media.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technological media applications including digital processes and photographic media.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of mixed media applications including collage, assemblage, installation, site-specific and other recent and non-traditional methodologies and materials.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in figure drawing and anatomy.
  • Master the ability to produce the illusion of three-dimensional volumes in a two-dimensional format, using tonal, perspective and narrative image-making techniques.
  • Demonstrate fluency and proficiency in two-dimensional creative design of two-dimensional formats.
Develop conceptual skills
  • Demonstrate ability to create personal, expressive compositions in a wide array of media applications.
  • Plan, develop and execute a long-term, consistent, personal artistic project or thesis.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with technology as an integral part of the creative process.
Demonstrate professional skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce a professional portfolio of personal art work either in digital or photographic form.
  • Demonstrate ability to design and produce promotional materials including, but not limited to: postcards, brochures, posters, business cards, resumes, artistic statements and a website design.
  • Demonstrate ability to formulate long-term, realistic career goals, indicating familiarity with the artistic, educational and professional opportunities both in the New York metropolitan region and abroad.
Apply ethical professional values:
  • Articulate understanding of ethical practice in the fine arts, including issues of plagiarism, artistic integrity, and the moral and social relevance of cultural images.
Demonstrate enhanced knowledge, skills and values consistent with the Core Curriculum:
  • Demonstrate critical, analytical thinking and writing skills, articulating the connection the field with other disciplines, such as literature, science, religion and history.
  • Demonstrate information and technology literacy by proficiency in use of the library and in research skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding and respect for the complexity of socio-cultural and global diversity.
  • Demonstrate self-analytical and introspective attitudes that contribute to personal, moral and artistic growth.
  • Participate in Study Abroad programs, community outreach and Service Learning opportunities.