Visual Arts Program Highlights
New York City offers a wealth of opportunities for you to gain professional experience in tandem with your studies. These experiences are not only personally and professionally enriching, they often lead to employment after graduation. Some of these positions may be credit bearing as well. Visual arts majors have assisted artists in their studios, or have held internships at various companies such as Art In America; the Museum of Modern Art; ABC, NBC, and CBS; Marvel Comics; and Antropologie. 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.
If you wish to exhibit your work during senior year, you have the option to submit a portfolio to Junior Review in the spring of your junior year. If you are selected, you will then register for the Senior Seminar, a class that will guide you as you build your portfolio in any medium in preparation to submit for a solo or two- person exhbit.
Students who do not qualify for admission to Senior Seminar may, with departmental and instructor approval, still complete a senior thesis and/or a portfolio for exhibition consideration.
Find inspiration studying in another part of the world while enrolled at Fordham. 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.
Documentary Photography Credits
Two documentary photography courses are offered for credit: one in Japan (VART 3001) between the fall and spring semesters, and one in Rome (VART 3005) during summer break. Each course concludes with the production of a book that presents your course projects.
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.
A Visual Arts Award is given each year in honor of Susan Lipani. This award is presented to up to three students who are considered generous with their peers, and who foster a sense of community in the Visual Arts program. A portfolio award in honor of James Storey is presented to a senior whose artistic work has shown evidence of exemplary talent and potential.