Visual Arts Concentrations

Painting and Drawing

Student Painting

In the Painting and Drawing concentration, you’ll learn traditional and modern technical skills and how to apply them in the service of creative expression and growth. Stressing theoretical and historical concerns, our courses focus on a range of approaches both figurative and abstract. Students who undertake a Senior Project complete a body of work for exhibition in the galleries at Lincoln Center in their final year. Many of our graduates go on to master’s programs in fine arts. Others pursue careers in fine arts and art-related fields such as design, communication, advertising, teaching, art therapy, arts administration, and marketing.

Graphic Design

Students Preparing a Project

The Graphic Design concentration will introduce you to the basic principles of design and typography. Our courses examine the discipline from a critical, social, historical, and theoretical perspective, with an emphasis on how typography and design engage, inform, and challenge the viewer. Through assignments, internships, visits to professional design firms, and a final Senior Project, our students gain practical experience and develop their own creative voices.

Film and Video

Students with Green Screen

Our Film and Video courses balance creative production with discussion about history and aesthetics. You will work with Super 8 and 16mm film as well as digital files in creating experimental, narrative, or documentary films. Lighting, digital editing, sound design, and image manipulation are all explored in production courses. You are encouraged to find your own voice as an artist creating short works in film or video. For their Senior Projects, students can complete a film or video for screening at our Lincoln Center campus, or use moving images as part of an installation in our galleries. Our concentration’s biannual Fordham Student Film Festival allows students at all levels of their educational careers to screen their work to a broad audience.



This concentration explores architecture as a discipline, a skill, and a means to positively change our world. Our Architecture courses will prepare you for a master’s program in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Design—or support a career in related fields such as community planning, construction, and real estate.


Students Viewing Photography

The development of a personal photographic vision is the primary objective of the Photography concentration. You will be encouraged to utilize the medium as a means to explore visual communication and aesthetic invention. After a two-course introduction, students may take courses in documentary, digital, and view-camera technique, followed by a Senior Project in their final year. Classes in Tokyo and Rome are also offered during January and over the summer. Instructional methods include technical demonstrations, a mix of guided assignments and self-directed projects, lectures and films on the history of photography, and rigorous critiques. In-class instruction is supplemented by museum and gallery field trips and guest artist talks by significant practitioners in the field.

Visual Arts Courses

Visual Art Students Painting a Mural

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