School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 27871     CIP: 50.0702 

The major in Fine Arts provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop their artistic talent as painters, sculptors, and printmakers. It also enables them to assume a variety of positions in the art world, such as art handlers, experts in art transportation and installation, and preparators in gallery and museum settings. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2020. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFA 341 - Drawing Workshop/Experimental Drawing1.5
FA 351 - Painting V: Contemporary Concepts3
FA 361 - Sculpture III: Advanced Traditional Materials3
FA 371 - Printmaking III: Advanced Works on Paper2
RELATED AREACG 211 - Computer-Assisted Design2
LIBERAL ARTSHA 331 - Contemporary Art and Culture: 1945 to the Present3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language G83
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAFA 352 - Painting VI: Sources of Painted Imagery3
FA 363 - Sculpture: Casting as a Creative Medium3
FA 471 - Advanced Experimental Printmaking2
RELATED AREACG 214 - Web Page Construction
  or 311 - 2D Computer Image Generation
LIBERAL ARTSHA 411 - Western Theories of Art3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFA 441 - Experimental Drawing II1.5
FA 451 - Painting VII: Development of Personal Aesthetics3
FA 462 - Sculpture: New Materials3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFA 411 - Interdisciplinary Media1.5
FA 491 - Senior Project Thesis: Painting
  or 492 - Senior Project Thesis: Sculpture
RELATED AREAIC 497 - Senior Internship: Career Planning3
BE 403 - The Artist in the Marketplace3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts Elective(s)3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Writing Elective(s)3
 Total Credits: 63-63.5

*Fall 2020 Requirements: See below.

Liberal Arts: 21 credits

  • Art History choice: 9 credits. HA 331, HA 411, and choice of one (1) HA course that meets the General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9). See the full list of Art/Design History courses under HA: History of Art and Civilization.
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8). 

  • Writing Elective: 3 credits. CHOICE of EN 321EN 361EN 362EN 363EN 364, or FI 256

Liberal Arts Elective(s): 3 credits
Select a Liberal Arts course (for which prerequisites have been met) from the following subject areas: AB (Arabic); CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media) – any FI course other than FI 205261361461362, and 462FR (French); HA (History of Art); HE (Health Education) 201301; IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); MU (Music); HI (History); MA (Math); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); PE (Physical Education and Dance) 215216217; PL (Philosophy); PO (Portuguese); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences). 

Related Area Elective(s): 3 credits. CHOICE of IL 133, or TD 101 or 227

Students who successfully complete the Fine Arts BFA program will be able to:

  1. Conceive, conceptualize, and execute independent working processes into a cohesive body of work (thesis exhibition).
  2. Articulate and communicate visual ideas through coherent written and verbal presentations.
  3. Utilize critical and analytical skills through written assignments and class critiques.
  4. Synthesize and utilize knowledge and skills gained from the Fine Arts curriculum, art history, digital technology, and cross-disciplinary research, into clear visual communication.
  5. Identify career options and gain professional experience in the workplace.
  6. Gain career building skills and will be able to position his/her own work in the marketplace.