Students wishing to have a senior exhibition are encouraged to submit a portfolio to Junior Review in the spring of their junior year.
After Junior Review, selected students may register for Senior Seminar (VART 4600) where they will work on a portfolio to submit for exhibition consideration.
Students who do not qualify for admission to Senior Seminar may, with instructor and departmental approval, still complete a senior thesis and/or a portfolio.
Students are encouraged to do an internship related to the field of visual arts. New York City offers a wealth of opportunities to the responsible and independent student. Visual Arts majors have assisted artists in their studios and have held internships at many of the top galleries, museums, advertising agencies, book publishers, magazines, architecture and graphic design firms in the city.
These internships offer the student invaluable experience and often lead to jobs after graduation. Students wishing to receive credit for an internship may sign up for VART 4800 - Internship (4 credits) supervised placement for students who are interested in work experience.
Many visual arts majors spend their junior year finding inspiration abroad. For a complete list of opportunities, see our Study Abroad office.
Up to four Ildiko Butler Travel Awards are awarded annually for independent research in the medium of photography. The Susan Lipani Travel Award is given to two students annually to pursue other independent research. These travel awards are offered to juniors for summer study abroad prior to senior year.
The Visual Arts program offers two courses overseas for credit. One, to Japan, takes place between semesters. The other, to Rome, takes place in the summer.
VART 3001 - Documentary Photography: Japan (4 credits)
This intensive class is designed as a platform for intermediate and advanced level students to further develop their photographic production with an emphasis on generating documentary projects focusing on the people, culture, and architecture of Japan. The megacity of Tokyo will serve as the starting point for our investigations, as well as the catalyst for discussions addressing the historical significance of the documentary impulse. The course includes an excursion to Kyoto and concludes with the production of a book of student's photographic projects.
VART 3500 - Documentary Photography: Italy (4 credits)
This intensive class will introduce you to the basic and advanced techniques of image production with a major emphasis on generating documentary projects directly relating to the people, architecture and culture of Italy. The cosmopolitan city of Rome, rich in artistic history, will serve as the starting point for our photographic explorations, as well as the catalyst for discussions addressing the historical significance of the documentary impulse. The course concludes with the production of a book of student's photographic projects.
Each year, these awards are presented at Commencement. A Visual Arts award is given in honor of Susan Lipani to a student who is generous with his or her peers, and fosters a sense of community in the Visual Arts program. A portfolio award in honor of James Storey is offered to a senior whose work over her or his years at Fordham has shown evidence of exemplary talent and potential.