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Visual Arts


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

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About Visual Arts

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
  • Electronic Art and Animation
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Classes you can Take:

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Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles

Job Title
Special Effects Artists and Animators
Graphic Designers
Recreation Workers
Set and Exhibit Designers

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

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.