Art (Studio)
Requirements

Portfolio

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.

Majors

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-

B.F.A. 

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:

  •  one Painting Class
  •  one Sculpture Class
  •  one Printmaking Class
  •  one Ceramics Class
  •  one Photography Class

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. 

B.A.

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:

  •  6 studio art foundation courses:

                - Two Dimensional Design
                - Three Dimensional Design
                - Drawing Fundamentals (two courses)
                - Color
                - Computer Graphics I (Fulfills Gen Ed Tech Competency)

  • three Art History courses, including one modern Art History course
  • one senior seminar/project


The remaining six elective 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 will be replaced by three additional studio electives.
Of these electives there must be 4000-level courses in three out of the following five areas:

  • one Painting Class
  • one Sculpture Class
  • one Printmaking Class
  • one Ceramics Class
  • one Photography Class

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
All art majors are required to submit or digital images as a part of their Studio Art requirement.  This is done throughout the junior and senior years so that both the students and the Studio Art Department can have a comprehensive chronology of their aesthetic productions while at Manhattanville College.  The students' digital images will also act as the inaugural elements in building a professional portfolio for a post-college art career.  In the spring of the senior year B.F.A. majors are required to submit 20 quality images.  B.A. majors are required to submit 15 quality images. 

New York State Provisional Certification for Teaching Art,
K-12 requires a B.F.A..

Areas of Concentration and selected examples of courses:
A. Digital Media/Graphic Design

  • 6 Foundation Courses
  • 3 Art History (one modern AH)

Examples of Courses:
Graphic Design I, Illustration, Multimedia, Digital Photography & Computer Imaging, Computer Animation 2D, Photography, Art & Design for the Web, Art Design and the Computer, Printmaking, Book as Art, Internship, and Independent Study

  • Senior Project/Seminar

B. Two-Dimensional Area

  • 6 Foundation Courses
  • 3 Art History (one modern AH)

Examples of Courses:
Painting, Contemporary Painting, Expressive Techniques in the Two-Dimensional Arts, Watercolor, Printmaking, Book as Art, Illustration, Art Design and the Computer, Life Drawing, Installation of Public and Performance Art, Experimental Printmaking, Assemblage and Collage, Art Portfolio, Internship, and Independent Study

  • Senior Project Seminar

C. Three-Dimensional Area

  • 6 Foundation Courses
  • 3 Art History (one modern AH)

Suggested Courses:
Sculpture, Contemporary Sculpture, Ceramics, Wheel Throwing, Ceramic Sculpture, Installation of Public and Performance Art, Sculpture: Wire Forms and Chains, Book as Art, Assemblage and Collage, Internship, and Independent Study
· Senior Project Seminar

D. B.F.A./Education

  • 6 Foundation Courses
  • 3 Art History (including Art History 1 and Art History 2)

(Please refer to current School of Education requirements for Education courses.)
Suggested Courses: Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Watercolor, Expressive Techniques in the Two-Dimensional Arts, Life Drawing, Experimental Printmaking, Ceramic Sculpture, Book as Art, Internship, and Independent Study

  • Senior Project Seminar

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.

B.F.A./M.A.T. Honors Program

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.

Senior Project

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.

Honors

At graduation, students may receive honors in studio art if they fulfill all the requirements for the major plus the following:

  • a 3.5 cum average in studio art courses;
  • a grade of A for the senior project and;
  • demonstrate a commitment to professional development on a personal level and to art in general.  This may be exhibited through an overall participation in the Art Department's events and functions and through artistic pursuits outside the departmental curriculum, i.e. exposure to current exhibits in New York City and Westchester museums and galleries, through internships and apprenticeships. 

Minor

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-