Visual Arts Major

The department offers five concentrations:

  1. Architecture
  2. Film and video
  3. Graphic design
  4. Painting and drawing
  5. Photography

The major in Visual Arts consists of 10 courses. 

CourseTitleCredits
Major Core Requirement Courses
ARHI 1101INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: EUROPE 13
VART 1135VISUAL THINKING I4
or VART 1136 VISUAL THINKING: PERSPECTIVES, PAINTING, AND DRAWING
VART 1150DRAWING I 24
Select one of the following:4
ART DESIGN AND POLITICS
20TH CENTURY ART: MODERNISM AND MODERNITY
CONTEMPORARY ART: MODERNISM AND ITS AFTERMATH
SEMINAR: AVANT-GARDE FILM/VIDEO
SEMINAR: HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
SEMINAR IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
SEMINAR MODERN ART: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
MODERN ARCHITECTURE
20TH CENTURY ART
MUSEUM METHODS
Concentration
Select remaining courses in one of the following concentrations:
Architecture
Film and Video
Graphic Design
Painting and Drawing
Photography
1

Students in Architecture concentration should take VART 1101 URBANISM instead of ARHI 1101 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: EUROPE.

2

Students in Architecture concentration should take THEA 1151 DRAWING: ARCHITECTURE AND STAGE instead of VART 1150 DRAWING I.

It is strongly recommended that majors start taking visual arts foundation courses in their freshman year, completing the first three of the above requirements before the end of sophomore year.

In addition, one of the following art history courses may also be applied as an elective for the visual arts major:

CourseTitleCredits
ARHI 2540MODERN ARCHITECTURE4
ARHI 255020TH CENTURY ART4
ARHI 3100MUSEUM METHODS4
ARHI 3555CONTEMPORARY ART4
ARHI 4540SEMINAR: MODERN ART4

Please note: This extra art history course is in addition to the second art history requirement of the major core. Students who choose this option will have three art history courses—the introductory course, and two modern courses—counted toward their major. No course in which the student earns a grade of D or lower may be used toward a departmental major or minor.

Concentrations

FCRH students can choose to major in visual arts and concentrate in any of the given fields. A variety of introductory courses in all concentrations except Film/Video are offered at Rose Hill; more specialized courses are offered at Lincoln Center.

VART 4600 SENIOR SEMINAR: STUDIO ART is open to seniors working on thesis exhibitions; enrollment is contingent upon acceptance at Junior Review.

Architecture

CourseTitleCredits
VART 1101URBANISM3
THEA 1151DRAWING: ARCHITECTURE AND STAGE4
VART 1160ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE4
VART 1161FORM AND SPACE4
VART 2050DESIGNING THE CITY4
VART 2055ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
VART 2085SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK3
VART 3055ECOLOGY FOR DESIGNERS4
VART 3056URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
VART 3070URBAN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I 14
VART 4090SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECTURE4
VART 4600SENIOR SEMINAR: STUDIO ART4
VART 4999TUTORIAL1-5
ARHI 2540MODERN ARCHITECTURE4
THEA 2230COSTUME DESIGN3
THEA 2232DRAFTING II4
THEA 2251MODEL MAKING3
THEA 2252MODEL MAKING II3
THEA 3362LIGHTING DESIGN3
THEA 3373LIGHTING DESIGN II4
THEA 3980SET DESIGN4
THEA 4511DESIGN PRODUCTION WORKSHOP I4
VART 4090SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECTURE4
VART 4600SENIOR SEMINAR: STUDIO ART4
1

VART 3070 URBAN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I is the primary studio course for pre-architecture students, and may be taken up to four times with different assignments.

Students of architecture will be encouraged to register for theatre design courses and learn set construction in the Fordham Theatre Company’s scene shop.

Film and Video

CourseTitleCredits
VART 1265FILM/VIDEO I4
VART 2265FILM/VIDEO II4
VART 3257SEMINAR: AVANT-GARDE FILM/VIDEO4
VART 3258FILM / VIDEO INSTALLATION4
VART 3261DOCUMENTARY FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION4
VART 3262NARRATIVE FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION4
VART 3267FILM AND THE CITY4
VART 3268FILM/ANIMATION4
VART 4600SENIOR SEMINAR: STUDIO ART4
VART 5555URBAN FILM VIDEO PRODUCTION (graduate section)3,4

Graphic Design

CourseTitleCredits
VART 2003GRAPHIC DESIGN & DIGITAL TOOLS4
VART 2400FUNDAMENTALS OF WEBSITE DESIGN4
VART 2500TYPOGRAPHY AND DESIGN4
VART 2550DESIGNING BOOKS, "ZINES" AND CHAPBKS4
VART 2600GRAPHIC DESIGN CONCEPTS4
VART 2700LOGOS, BRANDING, AND PRESENTATION4
VART 3025DESIGNING BOOKS4
VART 3030ART DESIGN AND POLITICS4
VART 3250DESIGN AND THE WEB4
VART 4600SENIOR SEMINAR: STUDIO ART4
VART 4999TUTORIAL1-5

Painting and Drawing

CourseTitleCredits
VART 1055FIGURE DRAWING I4
VART 1150DRAWING I4
VART 1180PAINTING I4
VART 2121ABSTRACTION4
VART 2130PAINTING II4
VART 2140COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA4
VART 2150DRAWING II4
VART 2545PROJECTS AND CONCEPTS4
VART 3030ART DESIGN AND POLITICS4
VART 3131ABSTRACTION II4
VART 3132PROJECTS AND CONCEPTS II4
VART 3156PAINTING III4
VART 4600SENIOR SEMINAR: STUDIO ART4
VART 4999TUTORIAL1-5

Photography

CourseTitleCredits
VART 1124PHOTOGRAPHY I4
VART 1128INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY4
VART 2185PHOTOGRAPHY II4
VART 2196LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY4
VART 2537CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY4
VART 3001DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY: JAPAN4
VART 3026HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS: 1844-20044
VART 3186PHOTOGRAPHY III4
VART 3500PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE DOCUMENTARY TRADITION4
VART 3535SEMINAR: HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY4
VART 4600SENIOR SEMINAR: STUDIO ART4
VART 4999TUTORIAL1-5

Availability

The major in visual arts is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Fordham School of Professional Studies at Lincoln Center. 

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.