Visual Arts Major

The Visual Arts program offers five areas of study:

  • Architecture
  • Film and video
  • Graphic design
  • Painting and drawing
  • Photography

A visual arts major consists of a minimum of ten 3- or 4-credit courses from those described below, in addition to the core curriculum of your college.

Course Title Credits
Four Required Courses
Both of the below:7
Visual Thinking
Drawing I
One of the following:3 to 4
Art History Introduction: World Art
Introduction to Art History: Europe
Introduction to Art History: Asia
Introduction to Art History: Americas
Urbanism
20th Century Art: Modernism and Modernity
Modernism and Its Aftermath
One of the following:3 to 4
Seminar Graphic Design
Art Design and Politics
Seminar: Avant-Garde Film/Video
Seminar: History of Photography
Seminar Modern Art: Critical Perspectives
Six courses distributed among one or more areas of study. 1Varies
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Students are encouraged to work with a faculty adviser to develop an educational plan and select courses. A list of courses in each area of study is available in the Areas of Study tab.

It is strongly recommended that majors start taking visual arts core courses in their first year, and that they complete the first three of the above requirements before the end of their sophomore year.

Students must earn a grade of C or above in order for a required course to count toward their major in visual arts.

A variety of introductory courses in all areas of study except film and 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 and Continuing 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 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 2080Interior Design Through Form, Function, & Light4
VART 2999Tutorial2
VART 3030Art Design and Politics4
VART 3055Ecology for Designers4
VART 3333Art Making in Hell's Kitchen4
VART 3541The Streets of New York4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4090Senior Project Architecture4
VART 4600Senior Seminar: Studio Art4
VART 4999Tutorial1-5

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 3030Art Design and Politics4
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 3333Art Making in Hell's Kitchen4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4300Representation in Art4
VART 4600Senior Seminar: Studio Art4
VART 4999Tutorial1-5
VART 5555Urban Film Video Production3

Graphic Design

Courses in this group have the VAGD attribute.

Course Title Credits
VART 1999Tutorial1
VART 2003Graphic Design and 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 3333Art Making in Hell's Kitchen4
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 4
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 313420th Century Art: Modernism and Modernity4
VART 3135Modernism and Its Aftermath4
VART 3333Art Making in Hell's Kitchen4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4100Seminar Modern Art: Critical Perspectives4
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 Publications4
VART 2999Tutorial2
VART 3001Documentary Photography: Japan4
VART 3026History of Photography Books: 1844-20044
VART 3030Art Design and Politics4
VART 3186Photography III4
VART 3333Art Making in Hell's Kitchen4
VART 3500Documentary Photography: Italy4
VART 3535Seminar: History of Photography4
VART 3800Internship2-3
VART 3999Tutorial3
VART 4600Senior Seminar: Studio Art4
VART 4999Tutorial1-5