Visual Arts

Make art in the creative capital of the world

Students Preparing Area for Visual Arts

Thinking about a career in the arts? The Visual Arts Program will provide you with the technical skills and critical and historical understanding you’ll need to enter the field. We offer both a major and minor in Visual Arts.

Study on our Lincoln Center campus for an in-the-thick-of-it experience just steps from the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the many galleries lining the streets of Chelsea. Or head uptown to Rose Hill—just a short train or Ram Van ride away—where the Visual Arts Complex has a beautiful sky-lit studio space with terrazzo floors and a state-of-the-art computer lab. Studios and computer labs at both campuses are available to students when classes are not in session, including weekends, evenings, and summers.

Students Prepare Materials for Visual Arts

Students critique a piece for their Projects & Concepts class at the Lincoln Center studio space

Visual Arts Room Preparation

Room to spread out at Rose Hill


We offer five visual-arts concentrations at our Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses.

  • Painting and Drawing – Learn traditional and modern technical skills, art theory, and creative expression
  • Graphic Design – Study the principles of design and typography from a critical, social, historical, and theoretical perspective
  • Film and Video – Create your own experimental, narrative, or documentary films and learn film history
  • Architecture – Prepare for a career in architecture or urban planning with a combination of studio and lecture classes
  • Photography – Develop your darkroom and digital skills and learn the historical and critical contexts of the medium

Our class sizes are small and our instructors are dedicated to helping you develop your creativity and navigate today’s visually oriented world and job market.


Painting Students Visit the Studio

Painting students visit the studio of artist Leslie Wayne

Engagement in New York City’s culture is an integral part of our department’s curriculum. In our courses you’ll:

  • Tour museums and galleries
  • Attend film screenings and salons at professional design organizations
  • Visit the studios of working artists and designers
  • Meet artists and designers giving guest lectures in our classrooms or exhibiting their work in our galleries

Internships at renowned design firms, galleries and museums, nonprofit arts organizations, publishing companies, magazines, and artists’ studios will broaden your education with in-the-field experience.

We offer many study-abroad opportunities—including our highly popular summer photography course in Rome and January photography course in Tokyo—as well as generous financial grants for independent study anywhere in the world.

One-on-one tutorials are available in each concentration, and our Senior Thesis Studies culminate in solo and two-person student shows in our galleries at Lincoln Center.

Two campus student groups—the Student Arts Guild at Lincoln Center and the Society of Visual Arts at Rose Hill—will connect you to fellow students with a passion for exploring the arts in New York City.

Educating the Whole Person

Student Preparing Art with Projector

Our Visual Arts Program fosters the development of rigorously intellectual, creative, and socially engaged artists. With a foundation in Fordham’s liberal-arts curriculum, you’ll learn to think critically, value creativity, and build technical skills to plumb the range of art’s expressive and aesthetic potential—all in the service of artistic excellence.

We see the practices of painting and drawing, photography, film and video, graphic design, and architecture both as disciplines in themselves and also as part of larger historical and ethical arenas. In an increasingly visually-oriented world, our students are prepared to take their places as productive and engaged citizens—equipped with enhanced creativity, marketable skills in a variety of professions, and an expanded vision of art’s scope and potential.