B.A. in Art The Department of Visual Arts 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.
Art Major Checklist The student who wants to declare art as a major can do so by visiting the department administrative assistant’s office. 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 major advisor in order to go over the requirements needed to complete the art major.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN ART (B.A.) Art Majors will complete 13 units in the following manner:
I. Core Studio Requirements: 8 units of Art as follows:
- AR105 Drawing I
- AR204 Sculpture I
- AR205 Drawing II
- AR208 Painting I
- AR305 OR AR308
- Drawing Lab (0 unit)
- Select two courses from the following: AR203 Graphic Design, AR213 Print Making, AR114 Photo I
- AR400 (taken in Junior OR Senior year)
II. Core Art History Requirements (2 units):
- AH109 or AH118
- One elective Art History course or AR221 Museum Studies
III. Art Studio Electives: two additional studio courses, one of which MUST be 200 level or above and not taken to fulfill any other art major requirement. Note: students may choose to take both AR305 (Drawing II) and AR308 (Painting II) and one will fulfill this requirement and one will fulfill the core requirement.
IV. In addition, Art Majors will complete the following:
- Senior Thesis (written in capstone course)
- Senior Reflective Essay (written in AR400)
- Exhibit of Junior or Senior Work in Art Gallery show
- Assessment Portfolio (four works of art in distinct media submitted spring of Senior year).
Art Major Learning Community: Our senior learning community consists of three courses: an RFT taken in the spring of either the junior OR senior year (AR400) and a Capstone Course in Art History taken in the spring of the senior year (AH490 Imagining the Individual OR AH491). 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 o not yet seniors should keep all their art projects.