Jul 23, 2018  
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences 
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences


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The Art Department offers degree programs in Studio Art, Art Education and Art Therapy. Course offerings enable the Art major to prepare for a career as a professional in the arts.

The Art Department defines professional competency in the arts as having knowledge of art theory and history, and the demonstrated ability to be a creator, viewer, and communicator. Each student will meet these goals with varying success, but it is the intent of the faculty to help the student acquire a full sense of what it is to be an art professional in the 21st century and beyond.

Upon completion of the program, each art major will demonstrate:

  1. The development of general and specialized skills;
  2. Critical understanding of cultural, historical, and socio-political roles of artists and stylistic movements from prehistory to the present;
  3. Sensitivity to multi-cultural and global perspectives in the arts;
  4. The capacity to comprehend and formulate critical perspectives in aesthetic theory, cultural issues, and current and historical scholarship on art;
  5. Cognizance of the role of art and women artists in society;
  6. Knowledge of information technologies in creative and professional development;
  7. The integration and use of information technologies;
  8. Understanding of the professional aspects of a career in the arts.

Each studio major is provided with a strong background in the visual arts, the core of which is a four-semester foundation program comprised of courses in a range of artistic media and in art history. The foundation program is followed by an elective period during which students in Studio Art may concentrate their studies within Computer Graphics and Design, Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture. Students may choose to combine courses from these areas to create a personalized studio concentration. Art Therapy and Art Education majors combine studio courses with electives introducing them to the techniques and theoretical practices of their discipline. Students in

The junior and senior years offer all majors the opportunity for focused research and in-depth study in seminars and internships that encourage professional development and inquiry into each student’s potential as an individual, an artist, and art professional. All majors, except BA Studio Art, are required to complete at least one internship experience. (Guidelines and requirements for Internships, Independent Studies, Tutorials, etc., are available upon request from the Art Department office.) Individual development is evaluated through the Foundation Portfolio Review, Junior Showcase, and Senior Exhibition.

The Art Department offers a Studio Art Program leading to a B.F.A., B.S. or B.A. degree. In cooperation with the Education Department, the Art Department offers a Teacher Education Program leading to a B.S. or B.F.A. degree in Art Education with initial Teacher Certification in Visual Arts K-12. (Refer to the Education  section of this catalog.) In cooperation with the Department of Psychology, the Department offers a pre-professional program in Art Therapy leading to a B.S. or B.F.A. degree in Art Therapy. (Refer to Pre-Professional Programs  section in this catalog.) Students in Art Therapy may also follow the Teacher Education Program if they wish to qualify for teacher certification. (Completion of some individualized degree programs in the Art Department will require more than 120 credits for graduation.)

Every Art major presents a senior exhibition. Senior Art majors who have a cumulative index of 3.2 and the recommendation of the Art Department faculty (based upon an honors quality senior exhibition and/or senior research paper and College Community involvement) will be eligible for departmental honors at graduation.

The Art Department also offers a minor in Studio Art. A student wishing to minor in Studio Art must receive approval from her major department and from the Chairperson of the Art Department. A minor in Studio Art requires a minimum of 18 credits (12 credits must be taken at The College of New Rochelle) and must follow the requirements as listed under the minor section in the respective program.

The faculty of the Art Department consists of five full-time members supported by adjunct faculty members from the professional art community. The Visiting Artist Lecture Program provides further variety in the curriculum.

The Art Department offers student access to the latest technology, including a Mac computer laboratory, the Visual Resources Collection, a complete black and white photography studio and, in cooperation with the Communication Arts Department, a full complement of audio and video studios and course offerings. Exhibition opportunity is available in the Mooney Center, complemented by abundant opportunities to view art at the Castle Gallery and in the surrounding communities of New York City and Westchester. Students are required to participate in both classroom and internship programs that utilize these opportunities.

The Art major must fulfill the minimum requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences described in the catalog in the section entitled Degree Requirements, as well as the requirements of the Art Department.

The submission of a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces is required for admission as a B.F.A. Studio Art, B.F.A. Art Education, and B.F.A. Art Therapy major in the Art Department. Freshmen and transfer students entering the B.S. Studio Art, B.S. Art Therapy, B.S. Art Education, or the B.A. Studio Art Programs may submit a portfolio for assessment, advisement, and consideration for an art scholarship. In the case of transfer students applying to a B.F.A. program, the portfolio review can be accomplished following enrollment in courses, but prior to the second semester enrollment, during the time that a final transfer credit evaluation is completed. Transfer students must complete at least 50 percent of their art courses in the CNR Art Department. Studio Art courses often entail additional costs for supplies and the completion of course assignments outside of class time. Students are responsible for damage to any facilities or equipment due to negligence.

These courses have been offered and may be offered in the future according to student needs:

  ARH 293   History of Photography
  ARH 330   Italian Renaissance Art
  ARH 335   Northern Renaissance Art
  ARH 360   Nineteenth Century European Art
  ARH 489   Special Topics: History of Prints and Drawings




      Art: Studio

      Elective studio art courses are offered on a rotating basis. Contact the art department for specific offerings each semester. 

      Art: Colloquia and SeminarsArt History

      To encourage interdisciplinary study, art history courses are general electives with no prerequisite requirements. Courses in Art History are designed for both majors and non-majors and include lectures, discussions, and museum visits. All students are strongly encouraged to take ARH 100 - Survey of Western Art  before taking other Art History courses.

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