fine arts/studio art - curriculum (college at florham - madison campus)
Fairleigh Dickinson University, College at Florham
Fine Arts/Studio Arts Discipline
The Studio Arts major offers a focused curriculum of study and creative inquiry for students interested in pursuing careers in fine arts and related fields. The BA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Studio Arts provides a strong foundation, balancing the aesthetic, conceptual and technical. Each student is individually encouraged to develop their own artistic voice in an interdisciplinary approach. Our program includes a full range of course offerings at multiple levels in the Studio Arts (drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography) and Art History. Unique, 2D/3D complementary classes such as Art of the Graphic Novel/Ceramic Character Sculpture and Life Drawing/Life Sculpture offer students a wide range of creative possibilities. Knowledge of traditional skills is emphasized along with contemporary art and ideas.
Each semester students visit NYC museums, artistís studios, galleries and alternative art sites led by the Studio Art faculty. Our Annual Student Art Exhibition brings the spring semester to life. Students display their art work and participate in all phases of the exhibition, providing a rewarding experiential learning opportunity. We celebrate the end of each semester with a studio party bringing together current art students with alumni. We maintain a network of connections with our alum, offer exhibition opportunities, career advice and support. Artists in Residence and Visiting Artists enhance the learning experience and have recently included Howard Cruse, Nari Ward and Paul Ramirez-Jonas among others.
Our accomplished and dedicated faculty members are supportive and demanding teachers. Recognized in their respective fields, they exhibit nationally and internationally. Recent Student/Faculty research Assistantships have allowed students to work with Fine Arts Professors on their professional projects including a George Cochrane Graphic Novel and Judy Moonelis Historic Site Art Installations. Internships as well as regularly offered specialized workshops at FDU help students prepare for professional futures in the field. Advanced art students interested in future careers in teaching may act as teaching assistants to their professors in college classes as well as in off campus workshops.
Completion of the major in Studio Arts requires 42 credits. A Studio Art minor requires 18 credits. Courses serve the whole university community. Class sizes vary, averaging 15-20 students per class, with advanced classes having smaller enrolments, allowing for the optimum learning experience. Some of our students combine concentrations in Studio Arts with related creative disciplines such as Film, Animation, Computer Graphics or Creative Writing. Students may also combine an art major with an education degree through our Quest Program to become art teachers, or they may consider a future career in Art Therapy in coordination with our Psychology Department.
For further information: www.fduarts.org/studioarts or contact Professor George Cochrane firstname.lastname@example.org (973-443-8640) or Professor Judy Moonelis email@example.com (973-443-8643)