Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

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The Art Department of New Jersey City University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1976. 

The Art Department offers two degree tracks: The BA (Bachelor of Arts) degree requires 54 Art credits and the BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts)  degree requires 83 Art credits.

Students completing a BA or BFA degree may also participate in the Art Teacher Certification Program to become certified K-12 Educators. Students majoring in other University degree programs outside of Art may choose to obtain a Minor in Art by completing 24 credits in Art courses.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)



Admission to and retention within the Bachelor of Fine Arts program requires a 2.5 overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and a 3.0 CGPA in Art courses. Students wishing to enter the BFA degree program are strongly urged to register their names with the Art Department BFA Coordinator during the first week of their first semester at New Jersey City University for early advisement. BFA candidates must complete the foundation art courses, including foundation art history courses, before entering the BFA program.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts program that provides a strong course of study in art. The Bachelor of Arts program provides a broad academic degree with a specialization in art. It is awarded after successful completion of 58 credits from the Art Department (the BA in Art Therapy program has more extensive requirements), 66 credits from General Studies Program courses, and 4 elective credits. The Bachelor of Arts program is offered in the following Specializations:


Art Teacher Certification

Students seeking Art Teacher Certification must complete specific General Education courses, as required by the State of New Jersey, during or following receipt of a BA or BFA degree. Please refer to the Art Teacher Certification Program for more information. 

Minor in Art: Studio Art

18-24 credits

After completing a minimum of two of the Art Foundation-level courses, the student is directed to meet with a faculty advisor in their area of interest, to choose four or more additional courses, three more studio art courses and one art history course.