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Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Photography and New Media

The Art Program at Felician College produces artists with the skills, knowledge, and critical sensibility to effectively communicate ideas through individual forms of expression. Offering a variety of courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and New Media, the Department’s objective is to emphasize the teaching of technique in concert with the critical study of different historical forms of art production, providing a life-long reference of cultural understanding.

Through a rigorous and dynamic curriculum, graduates of the Art Program will be able to implement a variety of creative skills and techniques, as well as produce a range of forms and styles; critique works of art based on their survey knowledge of major historical examples and schools of thought; recognize trends in contemporary cultural thinking; understand the importance of the arts in society; assess their personal strengths and interests; and create and present work suitable for exhibition and publication. Ultimately, graduates will be able to integrate and synthesize their skills, techniques, knowledge, and experience into a powerful career strategy.

The Department of Art and Music offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with concentrations in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and New Media, Painting and Drawing, and Printmaking, as well as 18-credit minors and certificate programs. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art is also offered for students intending to pursue the Master of Fine Arts, as well as the teaching of art at the college level. All studio classes are kept small, so that instructors can provide personalized attention to their students, working with them on a level appropriate for their abilities.

As an Art major, you will have access to fully-equipped art studios, a traditional black-and-white darkroom, and a comprehensive graphics lab, as well as opportunities to show your work in our dedicated gallery space. There is also a unique Study Abroad program, which begins with preparatory classes on campus in the spring and concludes abroad in the summer.

Felician’s proximity to New York City provides access to world-renowned museums and galleries, and numerous opportunities in the Arts. Graduates may pursue careers in studio art and illustration, graphic design, web design, photography, and art education; they may also consider pursuing a graduate degree

Minor in Fine Arts

Complete 18 credits of art courses selected from the Fine Arts offerings.

Minor in Graphic Design

Section Course
ART 104 Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 240 Introduction to Computer Graphics
ART 246 Computer Graphics: Image
ART 247 Computer Graphics: Type
ART 248 Computer Graphics: Layout
ART 362 History of Graphic Design

Minor in Photography and New Media

Complete 18 credits of art courses selected from Photography and New Media offerings.

Minor in International Visual Studies

Complete 18 credits of Art courses listed under certificate in International Visual Studies in the section following.

Minor in Painting and Drawing

Complete 18 credits of Art courses selected from painting and drawing offerings.

Minor in Printmaking

Complete 18 credits of Art courses selected from printmaking offerings.

Certificate Programs

The Department of Art and Music offers three 18-credit certificates, one in International Visual Studies, one in Graphic Design and one in Photography. These immersive learning experiences re-flect the goals of the Department to produce artists who can effectively communicate ideas, as well as its objective of teaching technique in conjunction with the critical study of these fields.

The requirements for the Graphic Design and Photography Certificates are as follows:

  • Register as a student in the Certificate program.
  • Maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses.
  • Complete all requirements within five years. Please note that credits from other institutions are not transferable.

Certificate in Graphic Design

The Certificate in Graphic Design provides students with the opportunity to upgrade their skills or prepare for a career in graphics, publishing, or printing. It is also excellent preparation for anyone considering the baccalaureate degree in Graphic Design, as well as those seeking admission to graduate programs in Graphic Design or related fields.

Required Courses

Section Course
ART 122 Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 240 Introduction to Computer Graphics
ART 246 Computer Graphics: Image
ART 247 Computer Graphics: Type
ART 248 Computer Graphics: Layout
ART 301 Junior Seminar: Portfolio Design

Certificate in Photography

The Certificate in Photography provides students with hands-on experience in both traditional and digital photography, in addition to a solid grounding in the history of this contemporary art form. It is excellent preparation for anyone considering the baccalaureate degree in Photography and New Media, as well as those seeking admission to graduate programs in Photography or related fields.

Required Courses

Section Course
ART 273 Photography I
ART 274 Color and Digital Photography
ART 322 Photography II
ART 363 History of Photography
Elective (choose one):
ART 130 Illustrated Travel Journal
ART 245 Introduction to Web Design
ART 260 Film Video Art
Final Project (to be taken in the final semester of study):
ART 301 Junior Seminar: Portfolio Design

Certificate in International Visual Studies

The Department of Art and Music offers a unique, semester-long Study Abroad program in International Visual Studies. This intensive learning experience reflects the goals of the Department to produce artists who can effectively communicate ideas, as well as its objective of teaching technique in conjunction with the critical study of these fields.

The requirements for this program are as follows:

  • Register as a student in the Study Abroad program
  • Maintain a minimum grade of C in all courses
  • Complete all requirements during the semester abroad

Please note that credits from other institutions are not transferable.

International Visual Studies is an intensive program that provides students with hands-on experience in such areas as photography, book design, web design, and video; internships may also be available. Additionally this program affords students the opportunity to study abroad for an entire semester and experience the culture and history of a foreign country. As an 18-credit program, it can serve as a minor for matriculated students or a certificate for non-matriculates students, and is also outstanding preparation for anyone considering a graduate degree.

Required Courses

Section Course
ART 275 International Visual Studies: Photography
ART 249 International Visual Studies: Book Design
ART 244 International Visual Studies: Web Design
ART 367 International Visual Studies: Culture and History
ART 389 International Visual Studies: Video
OR
ART 452 Career Internship in the Arts (Language requirement may apply)
ART 301 International Visual Studies: Portfolio Design

Control Sheets and Four Year Plans

Arts Control Sheet
Arts Four Year Plan
Studio Art Control Sheet
Studio Art Four Year Plan

What can I do with a degree in Art?

Implement a variety of creative skills and techniques, as well as produce a range of forms and styles. Critique works of art based on their survey knowledge of major historical examples and schools of thought. Recognize trends in contemporary cultural thinking. Understand the importance of the arts in society. Assess their personal strengths and interests. Create and present work suitable for exhibition and publication.

Program Faculty