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. 

Course Title Credits
Major Core Requirement Courses
ARHI 1101Introduction to Art History: Europe 13
VART 1135Visual Thinking 23
VART 1150Drawing I4
Select one of the following:4
Art Design and Politics
20th Century Art: Modernism and Modernity
Modernism and Its Aftermath
Seminar: Avant-Garde Film/Video
Seminar: History of Photography
Seminar in Graphic Design
Seminar Modern Art: Critical Perspectives
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

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:

Course Title Credits
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.

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.

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.

Architecture

Courses in this group have the VAAR attribute.

Course Title Credits
VART 1101Urbanism3
VART 1150Drawing I4
VART 1160Architectural Language4
VART 1161Form and Space4
VART 1163Computer Drafting for Architectural Interiors and Stage Designs4
VART 1999Tutorial1
VART 2040Elements of Architecture4
VART 2050Designing the City4
VART 2055Environmental Design4
VART 2070Architectural Design I4
VART 2999Tutorial2
VART 3055Ecology for Designers4
VART 3541The Streets of New York4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4090Senior Project Architecture4
VART 4600Senior Seminar: Studio Art4
VART 4999Tutorial1-5

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

Courses in this group have the VAFV attribute.

Course Title Credits
VART 1265Film/Video I4
VART 1999Tutorial1
VART 2265Film/Video II4
VART 2999Tutorial2
VART 3257Seminar: Avant-Garde Film/Video4
VART 3258Film/Video Installation4
VART 3261Documentary Film/Video Production4
VART 3262Narrative Film/Video Production4
VART 3267Urban Film Video Production4
VART 3268Film/Video Animation4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4300Representation in Art4
VART 4600Senior Seminar: Studio Art4
VART 4999Tutorial1-5
VART 5555Urban Film Video Production3,4

Graphic Design

Courses in this group have the VAGD attribute.

Course Title Credits
VART 1999Tutorial1
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 2999Tutorial2
VART 3030Art Design and Politics4
VART 3250Mobile User Experience Design4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3810Seminar in Graphic Design4
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4600Senior Seminar: Studio Art4
VART 4999Tutorial1-5

Painting and Drawing

Courses in this group have the VAPD attribute.

Course Title Credits
VART 1055Figure Drawing I4
VART 1138Watercolor Painting4
VART 1150Drawing I4
VART 1180Painting I4
VART 1999Tutorial1
VART 2121Abstraction4
VART 2130Painting II4
VART 2140Collage and Mixed Media4
VART 2150Drawing II4
VART 2545Projects and Concepts4
VART 2999Tutorial2
VART 3030Art Design and Politics4
VART 3131Abstraction II4
VART 3132Projects and Concepts II4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4600Senior Seminar: Studio Art4
VART 4999Tutorial1-5

Photography

Courses in this group have the VAPH attribute.

Course Title Credits
VART 1124Photography I4
VART 1128Introduction to Digital Photography4
VART 1999Tutorial1
VART 2185Photography II4
VART 2196Large-Format Photography4
VART 2530Photojournalism for Publications2
VART 2999Tutorial2
VART 3001Documentary Photography: Japan4
VART 3026History of Photography Books: 1844-20044
VART 3186Photography III4
VART 3500Documentary Photography: Italy4
VART 3535Seminar: History of Photography4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4600Senior Seminar: Studio Art4
VART 4999Tutorial1-5