Students wishing to major in Studio Art will be accepted by the College's Admissions Department based on standard criteria plus a portfolio review by the Art Department. It is suggested that students include in their portfolio works in multiple medias (when possible). Approximately 15 images may be submitted in slide or digital format with an accompanying description sheet.
Art majors may pursue a program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or the Bachelor of Arts degree, and to provisional certification for teaching art in New York State. All twenty-two courses for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or sixteen courses for the Bachelor of Arts degree must receive letter-grade evaluations of at least C-
Twenty-two courses including: eighteen studio courses, a junior review (ART 3997), one senior seminar/project (1.5 credits each in fall and spring semesters), and three art history courses (one modern art history), for a total of at least 66 credits.
Included in the eighteen required studio courses are the following 6 art foundation courses: Two-Dimensional Design (Pre-requisite for Graphic Design and Digital Media Courses), Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing Fundamentals (two courses), Color, and Computer Graphics I (Pre-requisite required).
Of the eighteen studio courses, four 4000-level courses from the five following areas are required:
The remaining eight of the eighteen required studio courses will help demonstrate a concentration in one area.
For studio art majors who minor in art history the Art Department requirement of three art history courses may be replaced by three additional studio electives.
B.F.A. students wishing to have an additional major must realize that this is not usually possible. They should consult with the Chair of the Art Department, their advisor, and the Academic Dean.
Note: B.F.A. majors are required to have at least 30 liberal arts credits. Art courses do not count for liberal arts. All double majors must have an advisor in the Art Department.
A B.A. art major should have a second major in a liberal arts discipline in order to complete the NYS required total of 90 liberal arts credits for the Bachelor Degree. In many cases the student will graduate with over and above the 120 credits listed in the catalog.
Sixteen courses (for a minimum of 48 credits) including:
- Two Dimensional Design
Each B.A. art major must submit work for a Junior Review, ART 3997 (0 cr.). Transfer students should contact the department about the appropriate time for this review.
Note: B.A. majors must have at least 90 liberal arts credits. Art courses do not count as liberal arts.
Digital Image Requirements
New York State Provisional Certification for Teaching Art,
Areas of Concentration and selected examples of courses:
Examples of Courses:
B. Two-Dimensional Area
Examples of Courses:
C. Three-Dimensional Area
(Please refer to current School of Education requirements for Education courses.)
Education Course Requirements:
39 credits for education courses or as listed in the current "Becoming a Teacher: Options for Undergraduates at Manhattanville College." In most cases the student will graduate with a minimum of 131 credits.
The 5 year B.F.A./M.A.T. Honors Program allows students with a 3.4 or better G.P.A. who intend to become art teachers to accelerate their graduate program by taking up to 15 graduate credits as undergraduates that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Usually students in this program are then able to complete their M.A.T. in one year of graduate level study. Students must apply to the School of Education for acceptance into the program by the end of the Sophomore year and need a letter of recommendation from the Chairperson of the Art Department. For more details, please consult the Art Department.
The Senior Seminar/Project is a creative effort of some depth and is required for both the B.F.A. and B.A. art major. The student's area of concentration will bring the student's skills and understanding to bear in an aesthetic statement reflecting at least the equivalent of a full course of independent work. All Art Majors are required to register for the Senior Seminar/Project in the fall and spring of their senior year. Each semester will be valued at 1.5 credits equaling a full 3-credit course. Students will meet with the art faculty approximately eight times per semester for the purpose of field trips, defining the roles of the professional artist, and clarifying the direction and process of their senior art projects. Seniors will have a dedicated studio in which to complete their artwork in the new Student Center. Culmination of this project is an exhibit at Manhattanville College.
At graduation, students may receive honors in studio art if they fulfill all the requirements for the major plus the following:
For students choosing art as a Minor, the department requires six courses: 2D Design or one Fundamentals of Drawing, 3D Design, one art history and three other art courses (of which two can be in the same area). Students should notify the department of their interest and meet with a department advisor. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses for the minor C-