The Art and Art History Department of Wagner College provides much more than a traditional art school: the chance to study the visual arts while obtaining a liberal arts education. Comprised of experienced practicing artists and art historians with a strong commitment to teaching, it has a full curriculum of courses in both disciplines. At Wagner, students develop their visual and analytical talents while gaining the breadth of knowledge, intellectual curiosity and writing skills that only a liberal arts education can provide. The Fine Arts program includes study in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics, and Graphic Design. Students develop and hone observational, practical, and analytical skills, while also developing their own artistic voices both in and outside of the classroom. Experiential study provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their work and to be independently motivated and engaged in the field.
The Art History program introduces students to global and local visual traditions. Introductory courses and advanced seminars are offered in a vast array of sub-disciplines including Modern and Contemporary Art, Medieval Art and Architecture, 19th Century Urbanism, Islamic Art and Architecture, Egyptian and Near Eastern Cultures, and Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations. Courses in the studio arts and languages help to provide students with needed skills and experience. Students study works first hand and conduct independent research through required internships at New York's premier museums, galleries and art collections. The art department offers the following degrees:
- Art Major
- Art History Major
- Art Minor
- Art History Minor
- Film and Media Studies Major
- Dual Major in Art and Early Childhood Education