B.A. Art

B.A. in Art The Art Program offers a major in visual art leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.  The purpose is to give students a strong foundation in visual art within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum and to prepare those students planning to pursue graduate studies in studio art.  The art major is exposed to a wide range of studio experiences and skills and a solid background in the history of art.  Major emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of drawing and painting. In addition, students are required to take, or elect to take, printmaking, digital imaging, photography, sculpture, and ceramics.  The rich exposure to art which is available in New York City makes the study of visual arts at Wagner an exceptionally valuable experience. The Senior Learning Community is the capstone course.

Art Major Checklist The student who wants to declare art as a major can do so by meeting with Ms. Angela Caruso,  Art Department Secretary. At this point, the student should submit a portfolio for review by the art department. The student will then be assigned an art advisor within the department. The process of becoming a major is complete after the student meets in person with either the Chair of the department or with their new art advisor in order to go over the requirements needed to complete the art program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN ART (B.A.) Art Majors will complete the following: total Number of Units (13): Art_Classroom-2 I.
Core Studio Requirements: 8 units of Art as follows

  • AR105 Drawing I
  • AR204 Sculpture I
  • AR205 Drawing II
  • AR208 Painting I
  • Drawing Lab (0 unit)
  • Select two courses from the following: AR203 Graphic Design, AR213 Print Making, AR114 Photo I
  • AR400 (2 credits: taken in both Junior and Senior year)

II. Core Art History Requirements (3 units):

  • AH109 or AH118
  • One elective Art History course or AR221 Museum Studies
  • AR490 or 491 (Senior Year only)

III. Art Studio Electives: two additional studio courses, one of which MUST be 200 level or above. IV. In addition, Art Majors will complete the following:

  • Senior Thesis  (written in capstone course)
  • Senior Reflective Essay  (written in Senior RFT)
  • Exhibit of Senior Work in Senior  Art Gallery show
  • Assessment Portfolio

Art Major Senior Learning Community Our senior learning community consists of three courses: an RFT taken in the spring of both the junior and senior years and a Capstone Course in Art History taken in the spring of the senior year. The learning community is designed to offer students maximum opportunity for independent work. Each student will have access to their own studio space, where they will build their portfolio and prepare work for the senior year exhibit. Weekly critiques from both fellow students and professors help students hone their skills and interests while allowing them to develop as practicing artists. The capstone course gives students in-depth knowledge of art historical issues relevant to contemporary artists and the opportunity to write a sophisticated thesis.

  • Junior Year: AR 400 Junior RFT
  • Senior Year : AR 400 Senior RFT 
  • Capstone Course (either AH 491: Contemporary Art or AH 490 Imaging the Individual: What is a Portrait?)

Senior Year Portfolio Submission Please be aware that in order to graduate from Wagner College with a B.A. in Art, you must turn in a portfolio in your final (senior) year, that will be used for assessment purposes. These works should be assembled from course assignments in your required courses. All of the works in the portfolio will be returned to you before graduation. The portfolio is a required component of the curriculum necessary to obtain the degree.  Please include four works of art (total) from 4 distinct media. The work you provide should be exemplary of your best work.  Your name, the date and the course in which the assignment was given should be on each work. Media to consider including are:

  • two drawings
  • two paintings
  • two sculptures or 3D work
  • two prints
  • two pieces of graphic design
  • your senior thesis

Students must also include a copy of their senior thesis, a research paper involving multiple sources written in the capstone course. Please be prepared to turn in this portfolio no later than April 15 of your final year. This assessment portfolio is to be assembled by students majoring in art and by students who are double majors if one of the disciplines is art. Students who are art ed majors, with a concentration in art, are not required to assemble a portfolio for assessment purposes.  Students who are not yet seniors should keep all their art projects. Click Here for more information on Senior Assessment Portfolio