Studio Art (BFA)

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Program Description

The BFA program in Studio Art is designed for students to study forms and ideas together. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, photography, video art, digital art, performance, metals, ceramics, design, and praxis courses. Students in the program meld art history and theory, the humanities and sciences, and combine it with the high energy of New York City. The first–year Foundation Program is a focused progression of studio and critical art theory courses enables students to explore many forms and philosophies of art making, giving them an unusually wide array of skills and visual languages with which to express their ideas. Students develop technical and analytical skills, as well as creative discipline, and a clearer understanding of the relationship between art and society.

Students are encouraged in their junior year to enroll for one semester in a study-abroad site sponsored by New York University. Senior students enroll in Senior Studio, a year-long course designed to further young artists’ studio practice, preparing them to be exhibiting artists. Students participate in individual and group critiques where they meet with senior mentors, full-time faculty, visiting artists, and curators and develop a cohesive body of work supported by a written thesis outlining the ideas and contexts that drive his or her creative process.

In addition, all seniors can apply for the Senior Honors program where they will work closely with a professional guest curator to discuss selected students’ work and ideas to present a group exhibition. 

Other Opportunities

The Studio Art/Art Education dual-degree program is designed for NYU BFA/undergraduate studio art majors interested in adding an art education component to their four-year degree and completing a master’s degree in art education during a fifth year of study. This dual degree allows you to complete your BFA in Studio Art and MA in Teaching Visual Art, making you eligible for New York State Initial Certification for and positions teaching in New York City public elementary, middle, and high schools.

Accreditation (NASAD)

NYU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
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