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CA: Visual Arts (B.A.)


Convener: Faculty:
Jay Wholley*

Meredith Davis
Shalom Gorewitz*
Matthew Swarts*
Ann LePore
Judith Peck*

John Peffer

Jacquelyn Skrzynski

Warner Wada
Director of Art Galleries: Sydney Jenkins
(*disclaimer below)

Concentrations: Art History, Art and Technology,
Drawing and Painting, Photography, Sculpture.

About the Major

The Visual Arts Major offers a multidisciplinary education in the arts with advanced study in one specialization. Students may choose courses in art history, art and technology, 3-D modeling and animation, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video. Advanced specialization is available in art history, art and technology, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.

The major begins with the core program of five courses: art and technology, drawing, sculpture, photography, and painting. Students then take art history courses and a range of studio courses leading to study in their area of specialization. After 20 credits of advanced, specialized study, Seniors take Advanced Thesis Exhibition, which focuses on personal work, culminating in their Thesis Exhibition. Art History concentrations will take Advanced Research Projects. Visual Arts students also enjoy wide opportunities to earn college credit as interns, working with artists or art organizations. In addition, courses with field work components are offered as an opportunity for experiential learning in specific areas of student interest. Ramapo students have consistently developed quality portfolios which have enabled them to advance their studies in graduate school, enter the professional art world, and work in art-related fields. Many of our students enter teaching and participate in the certification program.

The Visual Arts are taught within a liberal arts context that makes the study and practice of art relevant to non-majors as well as majors. The study of art not only increases self-confidence in expression and enhances aesthetic satisfaction, but also reveals the social, political and ideological concerns of the culture that produces it. The art history curriculum, in particular, develops this understanding, allowing the student to make essential connections among the world, the work of art, the artist, and the viewer. In addition, The College Galleries, directed by Sydney Jenkins, are an important teaching experiential component of the major, bringing nationally recognized artists and curators to the college.

Members of the Visual Arts faculty are all nationally or internationally recognized active professionals who bring the understanding and immediacy of such experience to students. Students enjoy an intimate, intensive, creative atmosphere and have greater opportunities for close work with faculty than is usually the case in schools with large art departments.

Students with academic and career interests outside the designated areas of specialization may elect to design a Contemporary Arts contract major to help fulfill their goals. Visual Arts faculty can provide information regarding offerings in the areas of Art Therapy, Arts Management, and related art activities contained within the Arts in Community contract major.

Students completing this program receive a B.A. degree.

The Visual Arts Teaching Certification program, certifying students to teach grades K through 12, involves a combined course of study in Teacher Certification together with the Fine Arts/Visual Arts Major. Students should refer to the guidelines for the Teacher Certification Program description in this Catalog and seek faculty advisement. Students can also elect to obtain certification in Elementary Education through the Fine Arts Visual Arts major.

The Visual Arts program is housed in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts and the Sculpture Studio. The Berrie Center houses spacious, well-equipped art studios where students can study the conventional media of painting, and drawing, as well as digital media, video, and photography. The new sculpture studio, built as a separate structure, provides facilities for metal casting, welding, and fabrication, as well as space for the traditional techniques of modeling and carving. The Ramapo College Art Galleries emphasize exhibitions of contemporary art in all media and provide opportunities for student learning in gallery and museum practice.

Requirements of the Major and Concentrations

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS REQUIREMENTS
CNTP 101 [W] FIRST YEAR TOPICS (satisfies first year seminar requirement)
SELECT TWO CA Interdisciplinary courses (only one can double-count in major)
ARHT 301 AMERICAN ART AFTER 1940
ARHT 310 WOMEN AND ART HISTORY
ARHT 320 NORTH AMERICAN ART AND VISUAL CULTURE 1700-1900
ARHT 325 AMERICAN ART II: 1865 TO 1945
ARHT 335 19TH CENTURY ART AND CULTURE
ARHT 338 EUROPEAN AVANT GARDE ART: 1900 TO 1940
ARHT 341 IMPRESSIONISM AND AFTER
ARTS 331 ART AS THERAPY
CNTP 310 BLACK EXPERIENCE/MEDIA
CNTP 312 CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM: FILM
CNTP 315 ART AND TECHNOLOGY
CNTP 323 SEXUAL POLITICS,GENDER AND FILM REPRESENTATION
CNTP 325 MEDIA SPORTS AND SOCIETY
CNTP 327 GLOBAL MULTICULTURAL MEDIA ISSUES
CNTP 347 AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA
CNTP 348 LATINO IMAGES AND HOLLYWOOD
CNTP 350 DIGITAL CULTURE
CNTP 363 MEDIA AND CULTURE-LATIN AMERICA
CNTP 404 THE DRAMATIC ELEMENT
CNTP 411 MEDIA IN SOCIETY
CNTP 414 FROM FICTION TO FILM
CNTP 415 JAZZ AND AMERICAN CULTURE
CNTP 444 ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN CINEMA
CNTP 466 ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY THEATER
CNTP 468 ART AND EXILE
CNTP 487 FILM HISTORY CULTURE AND MYTH
COMM 310 APOCALYP VISIONS: ANIME MEDIA FILM
COMM 317 MEDIA AND PERSUASION
COMM 334 HISTORY AND AESTHETICS: FILM EDITING
COMM 347 THE NEW TV CRITICISM
COMM 356 MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
COMM 410 GLOBAL MEDIA, LOCAL CHANGE
INTD 305 THE MYTHS OF VENICE
MUSI 309 MUSIC AND GENDER
MUSI 325 WRITING ABOUT MUSIC
MUSI 328 SOUNDTRACKS
MUSI 335 AVANT GARDE AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC
MUSI 345 DJ CULTURE
MUSI 365 CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON MUSIC
MUSI 462 MUSIC AND IDENTITY
THEA 323 EXPERIMENTAL THEATER 1950-PRESENT
THEA 328 CONTEMPORARY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS
THEA 331 THEATER AND SOCIETY I
THEA 334 THEATER AND SOCIETY II
VISUAL ARTS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
 

There are five concentrations in the Visual Arts Major:

  1. ART HISTORY
  2. DRAWING AND PAINTING
  3. SCULPTURE
  4. ART AND TECHNOLOGY
  5. PHOTOGRAPHY
 

REQUIRED OF ALL VISUAL ARTS MAJORS

Lower level studio core courses:
ARTS 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF DRAWING
ARTS 201 BASIC PAINTING
ARTS 202 BASIC SCULPTURE
ARTS 207 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 211 BASIC ART AND TECHNOLOGY

(NOTE: Students must receive a C+ or better in the lower level requirements in the concentration to take upper level classes in that concentration, the Drawing and Painting concentration requires a C+ in both ARTS 101 and 201.)

 

ART HISTORY CONCENTRATION

Required art history courses:
ARHT 225 HISTORY AND CONCEPTS OF 20TH CENTURY ART
  200 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
  300 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
 
Art history concentration electives (choose 3):
AMER 311 AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, AMERICAN VISUAL CULTURE
ARHT 301 AMERICAN ART AFTER 1940
ARHT 310 WOMEN IN ART HISTORY
ARHT 320 NORTH AMERICAN ART AND VISUAL CULTURE
ARHT 322 AMERICAN ART I: CONTACT TO 1865
ARHT 325 AMERICAN ART II: 1865-1945
ARHT 338 EUROPEAN AVANT GARDE ART: 1900-1940
ARHT 341 IMPRESIONISM AND AFTER
 
Upper level requirements:
ARTS 329 GALLERY MANAGEMENT AND CURATING
ARTS 3XX INTERNSHIP (TO BE SET WITH ADVISOR)
ARTS 490 TOPICS
ARHT 410 CAPSTONE - ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN ART HISTORY
 
DRAWING AND PAINTING CONCENTRATION
Required art history courses:
ARHT 225 HISTORY AND CONCEPTS OF 20TH CENTURY ART
  200 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
  300 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
 
Drawing and painting concentration electives (choose 3):
ARTS 301 INTERMEDIATE DRAWING AND PAINTING
ARTS 302 INTERMEDIATE DRAWING
ARTS 303 INTERMEDIATE PAINTING
ARTS 304 LIFE DRAWING
ARTS 310 FIGURE DRAWING AND SCULPTURE
ARTS 401 ADVANCED DRAWING
ARTS 403 ADVANCED PAINTING
 
Upper level requirements (choose 2):
ARTS 327 INSTALLATION
ARTS 409 ADVANCED PROJECTS IN ART
ARTS 420 IDENTITY AND CULTURE
ARTS 490 TOPICS
 
Required:
ARTS 408 SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION
Note: Art Education students may substitute Art Education Portfolio
 
SCULPTURE CONCENTRATION
Required art history courses:
ARHT 225 HISTORY AND CONCEPTS OF 20TH CENTURY ART
  200 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
  300 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
 
Sculpture concentration electives (choose 3):
ARTS 307 INTERMEDIATE SCULPTURE
ARTS 308 BRONZE CASTING AND WELDING
ARTS 310 FIGURE DRAWING AND SCULPTURE
ARTS 402 ADVANCED SCULPTURE
 
Upper level requirements (choose 2):
ARTS 327 INSTALLATION
ARTS 409 ADVANCED PROJECTS IN ART
ARTS 420 IDENTITY AND CULTURE
ARTS 490 TOPICS
 
Required:
ARTS 408 SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION
 
ART AND TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION
Required art history courses:
ARHT 225 HISTORY AND CONCEPTS OF 20TH CENTURY ART
  200 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
  300 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
 
Art and technology concentration electives (choose 3):
ARTS 313 SEQUENTIAL IMAGERY/SERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 316 INTERMEDIATE ART AND TECHNOLOGY
ARTS 320 INTERMEDIATE VIDEO ART
ARTS 325 INTERMEDIATE 3-D MODELING AND ANIMATION
ARTS 415 ADVANCED ART AND TECHNOLOGY
   
Upper level requirements (choose 2):
ARTS 327 INSTALLATION
ARTS 409 ADVANCED PROJECTS IN ART
ARTS 420 IDENTITY AND CULTURE
ARTS 490 TOPICS
 
Required:
ARTS 408 SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION
 
PHOTOGRAPHY CONCENTRATION
Required art history courses:
ARHT 225 HISTORY AND CONCEPTS OF 20TH CENTURY ART
  200 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
  300 LEVEL ART HISTORY COURSE
 
Photograhy concentration required course:
ARTS 206 BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
 
Photograhy concentration electives (choose 3):
ARTS 312 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 313 SEQUENTIAL/SERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 314 STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 315 LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 318 INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 406 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY
ARTS 410 ADVANCED DIGITAL PRINT PORTFOLIO
 
Upper level requirements (choose 2):
ARTS 327 INSTALLATION
ARTS 409 ADVANCED PROJECTS IN ART
ARTS 420 IDENTITY AND CULTURE
ARTS 490 TOPICS
 
Required:
ARTS 408 SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.


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