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Studio Art

Student paintingStudio Art majors at The College of New Rochelle receive a strong background in the visual arts, the core of which is a four-semester foundation program comprised of courses in a range of artistic media and in art history.

The foundation program is followed by an elective period during which students may concentrate their studies in one of several areas:

  • Computer Graphics and Design
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Students may choose to combine courses from these areas to create a personalized studio concentration.

The Studio Art Program leads to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Science degree. A minor is also available.

The submission of a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces is required for admission as a B.F.A. Studio Art major. Freshmen and transfer students entering the B.A. Studio Art Program may submit a portfolio for assessment, advisement, and consideration for an art scholarship.

Transfer students must complete at least 50 percent of their art courses in the Art Department at The College of New Rochelle.

Senior Show: Reconstructing the Self

Lena Fin and Maria Fiorenza
January 22 to February 14, 2015
Bridge Gallery, Mooney Center second floor

Lost by Maria FiorenzaPhoenix by Lena FinThis exhibition is comprised of female portraits that, through the lens of fantasy, show agency and the face of frustrations, anger and triumphs.

In images in popular culture, there is a pressure for women to convey a level of passivity and submissiveness. By using color, line, texture, and form, we manipulate the mood of the works, reconstructing images into portrayals of the inner self that express these extreme emotions as well as capture empowerment through their bold gestures.

In each body of work, we create feminine characters that are vocal and fully involved in the moment.  Through collage and digital media, we aim to portray an antithesis to the image of the blank-stare model.

(Left: Lost, by Maria Fiorenza. Right: Phoenix, by Lena Fin.)

BACHELOR OF ARTS | BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS | BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

The Bachelor of Arts Degree

In addition to the requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences, the B.A. degree in Studio Art requires 90 credits in liberal studies and 30 credits in professional studio courses. A candidate for the degree must also participate in a group exhibition.

Required Courses

Included in the 90 credits in Liberal Studies are the following required courses:

I. Art Seminar (6 credits)

  • ART 390 Junior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 490 Senior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)

BA Studio Art majors must pass seminars with a minimum grade of C-. Transfers into the BA Studio Art program and BA Studio Art majors are exempt from the four-semester Art Colloquia requirement (ART 190 and ART 290).

II. Art History (9 credits)

  • ARH 100 Survey of Western Art (3 credits)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 110 Survey of Indian/Islamic
    • ARH 120 Survey of Eastern Art
    • ARH 130 Survey of African Art
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 370 Twentieth Century Art in Europe
    • ARH 375 Art Since 1945

Professional Studies

Included in the 30 credits in Professional Studies are the following courses:

I. Professional Studio (Art Foundations) (21 credits)

  • ART 103Z Design Foundation I (3 credits)
  • ART 104Z Design Foundation II (3 credits)
  • ART 105Z Design Foundation III (3 credits)
  • ART 110Z Fundamentals of Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 111Z Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 120Z Fundamentals of Painting (3 credits)
  • ART 130Z Fundamentals of Sculpture (3 credits)

II. Studio Electives (9 credits)

  • The BA in Studio Art requires an additional 9 credits in studio electives.

III. Senior Project and Exhibition (3 credits)

  • In her senior year, the candidate for a BA in Studio Art enrolls in ART 497Z Senior Project (1.5 credits each semester) and participates in a group exhibition of a retrospective nature. The BA degree in Studio Art does not require a senior thesis paper, nor an internship.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

In addition to the requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences, the BFA degree in Studio Art requires 60 credits in liberal studies and 60 credits in professional studies courses. Candidates participate in a senior exhibit that demonstrates a special proficiency. Seniors who have demonstrated outstanding competency may be chosen by the Art Department faculty to present a solo exhibition.

Required Courses

Included in the 60 credits of Liberal Studies are the following required courses:

I. Art Colloquia and Seminar (12 credits)

  • ART 190 Freshman Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 290 Sophomore Art Colloquium (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 390 Junior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 490 Senior Art Seminar (1.5 credits each semester)

BFA Studio Art majors must pass colloquia and seminars with a minimum grade of C-.

II. Art History (12 credits)

  • ARH 100 Survey of Western Art (3 credits)
  • ARH 370 Twentieth Century Art in Europe (3 credits)
  • ARH 375 Art Since 1945 (3 credits)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    ARH 110 Survey of Indian/Islamic Art
    ARH 120 Survey of Eastern Art
    ARH 130 Survey of African Art

Professional Studies

Included in the 60 credits in Professional Studies are the following required courses:

I. Professional Studio (Art Foundations) (21 credits)

  • ART 103Z Design Foundation I (3 credits)
  • ART 104Z Design Foundation II (3 credits)
  • ART 105Z Design Foundation III (3 credits)
  • ART 110Z Fundamentals of Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 111Z Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 120Z Fundamentals of Painting (3 credits)
  • ART 130Z Fundamentals of Sculpture (3 credits)

II. Studio Electives (33 credits)

  • The BFA in Studio Art requires an additional 33 credits in studio electives. A major may choose to concentrate her studies within Drawing and Painting, Computer Graphics and Design, Printmaking, Photography, or Sculpture or combine courses in any of these areas to create a personalized studio concentration.

III. Senior Thesis, Internship, Senior Project, and Exhibition (6-9 credits)

  • All BFA candidates must register for ART 497Z Senior Project in their senior year. A candidate for the BFA degree participates in a group exhibit that demonstrates a proficiency with new work based on a theme or specialization in conjunction with a grouptheme. A senior who has demonstrated outstanding competency may be chosen by the Art Department faculty to present a solo exhibition. BFA candidates may elect to enroll in ART 494 Senior Research (3 credits) and complete a senior thesis paper.
  • All BFA majors require an internship experience and must register for ART 495Z Internship in either their junior or senior year.

The Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree requires 60 credits in Liberal Studies and 60 credits in
Professional Studies.

Required Courses

Included in the 60 credits of Liberal Studies are the following required courses:

I. Art Colloquia and Seminar (12 credits)

  • ART 190 Freshman Art Colloquium & Art 191 Freshman Art Colloquium II
  • (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 290 Sophomore Art Colloquium & Art 291 Sophomore Art Colloquium II
  • (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 390 Junior Art Seminar & Art 391 Junior Art Seminar II
  • (1.5 credits each semester)
  • ART 490 Senior Art Seminar & Art 491 Senior Art Seminar II
  • (1.5 credits each semester)

B.F.A. Art Education majors must pass all colloquia and seminars with a minimum
grade of C-.

II. Art History (9 credits)

  • ARH 100 Survey of Western Art (3 credits)
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 110 Survey of Indian/Islamic Art
    • ARH 120 Survey of Eastern Art
    • ARH 130 Survey of African Art
  • One of the following (3 credits):
    • ARH 370 Twentieth Century Art in Europe
    • ARH 375 Art Since 1945

Professional Studies

Included in the 60 credits in Professional Studies are the following required courses:

I. Professional Studio (Art Foundations) (21 credits)

  • ART 103Z Design Foundation I (3 credits)
  • ART 104Z Design Foundation II (3 credits)
  • ART 105Z Design Foundation III (3 credits)
  • ART 110Z Fundamentals of Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 111Z Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 120Z Fundamentals of Painting (3 credits)
  • ART 130Z Fundamentals of Sculpture (3 credits)

II. Studio Electives (39 credits)

Included in Professional Studio Elective credits are the following required courses:

  • ART 497Z Senior Project (1.5 cr)
  • ART 499Z Senior Project II (1.5 credits)
  • ART 495Z Internship

III. Senior Project and Senior Exhibition

A candidate for the B.S. degree in Studio Art must register for ART 497Z Senior
Project and ART 499Z Senior Project II (1.5 credits each semester) in her Senior year and
participate in a group exhibition.

Minor in Studio Art

To minor in Studio Art, a student must earn 15 credits in studio-based courses in Studio Art, Communication Arts, and/or Art for non-majors; and 3 credits in Art History.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Art Scholarships

Students intending to major in art (studio art, art therapy, art education or art history) are invited to submit a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces for review by the Art Department faculty. Portfolios should be appropriately mounted and protected — no glass or frames. Three-dimensional work is best represented in slides or digital images.

Scholarships of up to $4,000 may be awarded on a rolling basis, and are renewable.

The Art Department at The College of New Rochelle offers a wide-ranging program and activities calendar.

Trips to New York galleries and museums are scheduled regularly, as well as trips to the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival. Trips take place as departmental events as well as in individual classes.

Extra-curricular opportunities augment CNR's on- and off-campus creative opportunities. Students may participate in Phoenix, an annual literary and graphic magazine; Tatler, the campus newspaper; and Annales, the College yearbook.

The Art Department sponsors a Visiting Artist lecture series. Artists have included Yoko Inoue, Willie Cole, Shazia Sikander, Alison Saar, Jane Hammond, Lynn Yamamoto, Joe Amrhein, Rina Banerjee, and Julie Heffernan. After the lecture, a reception gives students an opportunity to speak further with the artists.

For more information and photos about events, follow the Art Department on Facebook.

Recent internship sites:

  • Next New Networks, New York City
  • Jewish Museum, New York City
  • MTV Networks, New York City
  • iDesign, New Rochelle
  • Lower Eastside Print Shop, New York City
  • F. Schumacher Co., New York City
  • Dieu Donne Paper Mill, New York City
  • Archie Comics, Larchmont
  • Exquisite Apparel, New York City
  • Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York City