What separates the outstanding artist from the merely talented?
At NJCU, we believe it is the ability to synthesize the critical elements of diverse cultures, history, philosophy and technology with a thorough understanding of your own perspective and world view.This unique foundation, coupled with a location close to the heart of New York City, allows you to enjoy some of the finest art programs available anywhere in the nation. Working in the spectacular new $16 million Visual Arts Building, you will explore and expand your talents to the fullest. Whether your interest is in painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, graphic design or printmaking, you will discover a program that balances history and tradition with the most current aesthetic ideas and technologies. NJCU undergraduate and graduate artists study with some of the nation most respected names in the fine and commercial arts. Your talent will be carefully nurtured and refined, allowing you to achieve ever higher levels of personal satisfaction and public respect.Because of its location close to the nation most prestigious galleries, NJCU art students have participated in important juried shows and exhibitions. Several faculty members and students have also achieved international acclaim for their achievements.
The mission of the Art Department is to encourage the development of our students as artists, designers, scholars, and leaders capable of excelling in a complex, rapidly changing society. The faculty of the Art Department, in support of the Urban Mission of the University, is committed to facilitating the outstanding achievement of every student in our program, to help each realize their goals, and to aid them in their development. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the multiplicity of roles for the creative person in a contemporary urban society. Our program is dedicated to taking advantage of the cultural diversity of the greater metropolitan area. We recognize and stress the importance of balancing history and tradition with contemporary aesthetic ideas, skills, techniques and technologies.
To graduate skillful artists, designers, and scholars prepared and able to create meaningful, effective research and artwork in their field of study.To graduate artists, designers, and scholars who demonstrate knowledge and intellectual understanding of global artistic and cultural achievements in the liberal arts and the visual arts.To graduate citizens who are critical thinkers, reflective and engaged about the meaning of art in their life, their work, and their community throughout their lives.