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Visual Arts Curriculum

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The major in visual arts is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and in the evenings at the Lincoln Center campus through the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

The department offers five concentrations:

  • Architecture
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Photography

Architecture is equally represented at both campuses; however, faculty and facilities dedicated to graphic design, photography, and painting and drawing are more extensive at Lincoln Center. Rose Hill majors may anticipate taking certain advanced courses in these concentrations at Lincoln Center. Film and video facilities are solely at Lincoln Center.

A major in one of our five concentrations consists of a minimum of 10 three-or four-credit courses, in addition to the Common Core (liberal arts). Practicing visual arts within this rigorous foundation distinguishes Fordham's approach to your visual arts education.

The four core courses in the visual arts major are:

  • Art History Introduction: Europe or Asia; Architecture students take Urbanism.
  • Visual Thinking
  • Drawing I; Architecture students take Drawing for Architecture and the Stage
  • One of the following upper-level electives:
    • History of Photography
    • 20th Century Art: Modernism and Modernity
    • Graphic Design History
    • Art, Design, and Politics, etc.
    • Seminar in Avant-Garde Film
    • Graphic Design Seminar
    • Modern Art Seminar: Critical Perspectives
    • Contemporary Art: Modernism and Its Aftermath

It is strongly recommended that majors start taking visual arts core courses in their freshman year , and complete the first three of the above requirements before the end of their sophomore year.

You must earn a grade of C or above in order for a required course to count toward your major.

Learn more about the Visual Arts major.

(HEGIS Code 1002) Program Code 06074

Visual Arts Minor

The minor consists of six courses:

  • Visual Thinking
  • Any four visual arts courses
  • One art history course