Concentrations in Art

Concentrations in Art

Art HistoryArt Teacher CertificationArt TherapyCeramicsDigital Design & IllustrationDrawingGraphic DesignIllustrationJewelry/MetalsPaintingPhotographySculpture

ART HISTORY

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:

Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):

Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What Are Art History, Theory And Criticism?
Art history and the related fields of art theory and art criticism interpret and explain art of the present and the past through the lens of the social, ideological, economic and institutional framework out of which it arises.

What Medium Does An Art Historian Or Critic Use?
The main medium in art history and criticism is words. Interpretive critical writing about art is key to the disciplines of art history, art criticism and the related fields of gallery and museum management.

Who Studies Art History, Theory and Criticism?
People who study art history, theory and criticism are drawn to understanding the art of our own and other cultures and periods. They want to develop their ability to think critically about art, to write articulately about art and to discuss art intelligently and fluently.

What Can I Expect To Learn In The NJCU Art History Program?
You will develop and refine your critical abilities as you learn the analytical skills, theoretical approaches and interpretive strategies for understanding and interpreting visual art, design, crafts and other cultural artifacts. You also will learn technical aspects of the art you interpret through hands-on studio work. A bachelor’s degree will prepare you for advanced graduate studies in art history, museum studies or criticism.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Art History Program? 
All you need is a love of art from different times and cultures, a willingness to interpret it and a curiosity about the historical, social and ideological context of its creation.

ART TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What Is Art Teacher Certification?
Art teacher certification provides a comprehensive approach to art instruction in preparation for a career teaching art in preschool through grade 12 in the state of New Jersey.

What Medium Does An Art Teacher Use?
An art teacher must be familiar with a broad range of media in sufficient depth to teach them all, including ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation and digital art.

Who Studies The Teaching Of Art?
People who study the teaching of art enjoy working with young people. They like to demonstrate skills, explain techniques and encourage creativity in their students. Some artists teach as a way to supplement their income while they simultaneously pursue a career in the fine arts, design or the crafts.

What Can I Expect To Learn In The NJCU Art Teacher Certification Program?
You will learn broad artistic skills in a number of media. You also will learn how to design art lessons based on the Common Core that are both exciting to students and appropriate for different age levels. Most importantly, you will work with professional teachers to develop classroom management skills.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Art Teacher Certification Program?
Apart from a GPA of 3.0 and two letters of recommendation, you will need a love of art and a willingness to share what you have learned with children and teens. We will teach you all the rest.

ART THERAPY

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away).
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Art therapy uses the arts to help people grow and to enable them to work out emotional problems. Art therapy incorporates coursework in psychology, special education, music, dance and theater in addition to art.

What Medium Does An Art Therapist Use?
An art therapist uses a broad range of traditional and nontraditional media with clients, from drawing and ceramics to poetry, movement and performance of various sorts.

What Can I Expect To Learn In The NJCU Art Therapy Program?
You will learn how to listen to people as they communicate through images and symbols and begin to interpret their significance. You will learn how to help people communicate through images and symbols and interpret their significance. You will study psychology as well, also and will learn how to apply these skills in concrete situations through hands-on internships. A bachelor’s degree makes you eligible for graduate programs in art therapy, the terminal degree for the discipline.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Art Therapy Program?
All you need is a willingness to understand the psychology of art and apply it as a therapeutic tool in a clinical or community setting.

CERAMICS

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification What Is Ceramics? Ceramics uses clay as its medium and is among the most ancient and universal of art forms. Archeologists have discovered pottery in the remains of earliest prehistoric cultures. Ceramics can be made into useful objects to sell commercially or used in inventive ways as contemporary sculpture.

What Medium Does A Ceramicist Use? 
A ceramicist may use many types of clay - from fine porcelain to stoneware and earthenware - and an almost infinite variety of glazes. The chemistry involved in clay and glaze is interesting and complex.

Who Studies Ceramics?
People who study ceramics like to put their hands in clay and are attracted to the direct malleability of what is in essence, mud. With clay, one can make practical things as well as decorative things, and it can be a medium used for sculpture.! !

What Can I expect To Learn In The NJCU Ceramics Program?
You will learn how to hand-build and throw pottery on the wheel. You also will study sculptural techniques as well as the complex technical aspects of firing and glazing required. Using our gas and electric kins, you will learn how to utilize and manipulate the firing for different effects in the finished work.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Ceramics Program?
All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn the skills to realize artwork of a consistently high quality. We provide a modern well-equipped studio that encourages robust curiosity and a willingness to experiment in form.

DIGITAL DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION

​Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What Is Digital Design And Illustration?
Digital design and illustration use computer tools and artistic techniques to create a wide range of art with commercial applications. A fast-growing field, digital design and illustration is used to create, design and distribute or print everything from T-shirt designs and outdoor advertising to animations, Web sites, games and apps.

What Medium Does The Digital Designer & Illustrator Use?
A digital designer and illustrator uses networked computers along with software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and InDesign. Some areas of design and illustration demand the use of scripting or computer languages.

Who Studies Digital Design & Illustration?
People who study digital design and illustration have an interest in using the latest technologies to build upon their skills in drawing, design and illustration and apply them to commercial purposes.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Digital Design & Illustration Program?
You need an interest in art, a willingness to learn and basic skills in drawing and design. An interest in art history and visual culture - TV, movies, Internet, magazines - are helpful, too. We provide a studio equipped with all the latest design and rendering software, and encourage a combination of robust curiosity and innovative experimentation.

DRAWING

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What Is Drawing?
During the Renaissance, drawing became the foundation for the entire spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture. It is also fundamental to architecture and all types of two and three-dimensional design and crafts, such as jewelry and ceramics. Although drawing can be used to define the real, it also gives concrete form to the unreal, such as dreams and imagination.

What Medium Does A Draftsperson Use?
Besides all the traditional media and modern digital media, contemporary drawing can even be removed from the plane and interact with actual space: no longer limited to an illusion of space, drawing can inhabit space directly.

Who Studies Drawing?
People who study drawing may like to “doodle,” but they also have a strong interest in expressing ideas or feelings without the use of words. Some people who study drawing want to learn to render realistically, while others are primarily interested in abstraction, self-expression, or conceptual approaches.

What Can I Expect To Learn In The NJCU Drawing Program?
You will learn how to convincingly render using light, shade and tone, as well as line. You also will explore various drawing materials and learn systems of representation, from realistic perspective to abstract compositions.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Drawing Program?
All you need is an interest in drawing and a willingness to learn, grow and expand the limit of the medium as a means of rendering or self-expression. We will teach you all the rest.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What Is Graphic Design?
Graphic design is direct and clear visual communication. Graphic design is all around us, in the informational graphics on the nightly news, the packaging on grocery shelves, and the marketing brochures and advertisements that fill magazines and mailboxes. Good graphic design is communication that is enticing, persuasive, lucid, insightful, or informative.

What Medium Does A Graphic Designer Use?
A graphic designer uses text, photography and graphics - illustrations and images that have been edited with a computer - to build on the basic elements of visual art: form, color, direction, shape and balance. Graphic designers work with the latest software used in print and online publishing.

Who Studies Graphic Design?
The study of graphic design attracts students who enjoy communication through a variety of visual means as well as through the manipulation and creative transformation of text.

What Can I Expect To Learn In The NJCU Graphic Design Program?
You will gain a foundation in the history of design and specific art forms - such as drawing, illustration and photography - that contribute to a visual message. You also will learn how to work with the industry’s newest software. Most importantly, you will learn to use a trained eye and think critically about what you see.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Graphic Design Program?
We provide a studio equipped with all the latest design and rendering software, and encourage a combination of robust curiosity and innovative experimentation.

ILLUSTRATION

Incoming Freshman

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away) 
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department. 
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What Is Illustration?
Illustration is art with a target. It is an image or series of images created for reproduction and distribution to a broad audience. An illustration is usually a reproduction of an image that the consumer sees, such as a picture book or magazine cover, but it might also be a production component of a larger work, such as a film or video game.

What Medium Does An Illustrator Use?
Illustration is not defined by a particular medium. A contemporary illustrator may choose to work with anything from paint on a brush to an iPad, Sculpey clay or found objects.

Who Studies Illustration?
The study of illustration attracts creative people who like to draw and want to make images that communicate. Comic book artists, children’s book artists, and cartoonists and animators, as well as film concept and video game designers, commonly study illustration. Artists studying illustration may also decide to work as package designers, web designers or art directors.

What Can I Expect To learn In The NJCU Illustration Program?
You will be guided through a series of controlled drawing and rendering exercises using both traditional and digital media. You also will learn about typography and design. Over time, you will build skills that evolve into an individual art style.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Illustration Program?
We provide a studio equipped with all the latest design and rendering software, and encourage a combination of robust curiosity and innovative experimentation.

JEWELRY/METALS

Incoming Freshman

Transfer Students: 
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements. 

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas): 
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away) 
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

What Is Jewelry/Metals?
Jewelry/metals focuses on the creation of art that has a direct relationship to the human body. Throughout the ages and across cultures, people have adorned themselves with decorative, wearable art. Sometimes these are purely ornamental, but often they have deeper significance, such as a wedding ring to represent fidelity or a talisman for protection.

What Medium Does A Jewelry/Metals Artist Use?
An artist specializing in jewelry and metals can work with a variety of media. The traditional media include precious and non-precious metals, such as silver, gold, brass, bronze, and copper. Jewelry/metals artists also work with contemporary media, including plastics, resins, fabrics, paints and found and repurposed objects.

Who Studies Jewelry/Metals?
People who study jewelry/metals want to learn to create art for the body. The study of jewelry and metals attracts students who enjoy adornment of various kinds and like working in three dimensions on a small scale to create wearable sculpture. Students of jewelry/metals have a decorative sensibility and an interest in design and fine craftsmanship.

What Can I Expect To learn In The NJCU Jewelry/Metals Program?
You will learn techniques and conceptual approaches to creating contemporary body ornament. You also will gain design skills and learn about the history of the contemporary studio craft movement. The techniques you will explore include soldering, forging, piercing, anodizing, die forming, finishing and various coloring techniques.

What do I Need To Know To Enter The Jewelry/Metals Program? All you need to begin is a willingness to work in a disciplined manner and a desire to create wearable adornment. We provide a modern well-equipped studio that encourages a robust curiosity with creating jewelry and metals.

PAINTING

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What is Painting?
At its most basic level, painting is making marks on a surface with color. Cave artists, working more than 40,000 years ago in present-day Spain, created paints by mixing water with pigments derived from colored clays. Over time, artists have developed a wide variety of other liquids to bind color to a support, be it canvas, paper, wood, fresh plaster or cave wall.

What Medium Does A Painter Use?
Throughout history, painters have developed and used various media. These range from tempera made with egg yolks to watercolor made with gum Arabic (the traditional medium in East Asia for centuries), encaustic (painting with hot colored wax), and oil paint (the traditional medium in the West). The contemporary painter sometimes uses more recently developed polymer-based acrylic paints, spray paint or a mixture of several different media.

Who Studies Painting?
People who study painting enjoy experimenting with color, composition and texture. Painters like to use color and surface to build images in a broad range of styles, from total non-objective abstraction to precise photographic realism.

What Can I Expect To Learn In The NJCU Painting Program?
You will learn how to render and compose using transparent, translucent and opaque colors. In studying figure painting. you will work directly from the living model. You will experiment to find a personal style that best suits your interests.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Painting Program?
All you need is the willingness to work hard and push the boundaries of your art into previously uncharted terrain. Even if you have never picked up a brush in your life, we can show you how to master the techniques and develop the artistry to produce professional-quality painting.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What Is Photography?
The word photography is derived from the Greek words photos and graphs, literally, “writing with light.” Photography is the practice of creating durable images by capturing light. Photography has many applications in the fine arts and in commercial art, such as photojournalism and advertising. Over the last few decades, artwork based on photography has come to occupy a position of great importance in contemporary art.

What Medium Does A Photographer Use?
A photographer can produce work using the most up-to-date digital technology or more traditional film cameras. Photographers also may work with images captured from the Internet of with light-sensitive materials of various sorts, often combined with other media.

Who Studies Photography?
People who study photography enjoy using photographic media to document phenomena or to communicate ideas and feelings. Some people are drawn to photography’s personally expressive dimension (e.g., narrative, poetic, expressionist and biographical), while others pursue practical and commercial applications, such as documentary, advertising, photojournalism or forensic imaging.

What Can I Expect To Learn In The NJCU Photography Program?
You will learn to use digital media as well as traditional techniques with film in the darkroom. You also will learn about studio-lighting and the use of black-and-white and color photography, large-format traditional cameras and computer programs such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Photography Program?
All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn skills to realize photography of a consistently high quality. We teach experienced photographers as well as novices who have never held a camera in modern facilities equipped for a wide range of techniques used by contemporary artists. In addition to professors, a full-time technical assistant in the photography area is available help with technical matters.

SCULPTURE

Incoming Freshman:

  • After being admitted, you may declare your major as “Art” (it is not necessary to declare a major right away)
  • When you declare your major as art, you will be placed in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) track (the BA is more generalized liberal arts degree), and will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department.
  • Students choosing a studio program, have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) track (the BFA is a more specialized, focused, studio degree).

Transfer Students:
Students transferring an AA (Associate of Arts), or AS (Associate of Science) degree, will not have to take general studies requirements.

Non-Studio Programs (there is no BFA in these areas):
Art History, Art Therapy, Art Teacher certification

What Is Sculpture?
Sculpture is almost any work of art concerned with materials and three-dimensional space, but it is not a craft like pottery or cabinetmaking. Sculpture ranges from traditional figurative statues to avant-garde conceptual art. it is a large dynamic field that provides artists the opportunity to try new ways of making things and communicating with an audience.

What Medium Does A Sculptor Use?
Many sculptors use traditional materials, such as metal, wood, plaster, wax, clay and glass. Some contemporary sculptors, however, have experimented with many nontraditional materials, including diamonds and animals preserved by taxidermy. A contemporary sculptor may also work with time or create an installation that responds to a particular space.

Who Studies Sculpture?
People who study sculpture are interested in the practice of making things that communicate ideas and feelings and in processes that employ tools and equipment to create objects. People curious about fields like architecture, industrial design, theater/stage design or jewelry may be interested in studying sculpture.

What Can I Expect To learn In The NJCU Sculpture Program?
You will learn how to do metalworking, woodworking, casting, glass working and more. You will experiment with various materials, processes and concepts and learn how to produce critical analyses and interpretations of your own and of other people’s work. You also will learn very practical skills, such as time management and how to follow a production schedule.

What Do I Need To Know To Enter The Sculpture Program?
All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn the skills to realize sculptural artwork of a consistently high quality. We provide a modern well-equipped studio that encourages a robust curiosity with creating art in the third dimension.

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