Art Education majors in our School of Arts and Sciences combine studio courses with electives introducing them to the techniques and theoretical practices of their discipline. Throughout the four-year Art Education program, students participate in ongoing art colloquia and seminars designed to provide cohesiveness within the various aspects of the program. The junior and senior years offer all majors the opportunity for focused research and in-depth study in seminars, internships, and independent studies that encourage professional development and inquiry into each student’s potential as an individual, an artist, and art professional. All majors are required to complete at least one internship experience.
In cooperation with the Education Department, the Art Department offers a Competency-Based Teacher Education Program leading to a B.S. or B.F.A. degree in Art Education with initial Teacher Certification Visual Arts K-12. (Refer to Education section.)
Every Art major presents a senior exhibition. Students may elect to complete a senior research paper in conjunction with their individualized programs
The faculty of the Art Department consists of five full-time members supported by adjunct faculty members from the professional art community. The Visiting Artist Lecture Program provides further variety in the curriculum. In addition to numerous art studios, Art Education student receive access to the latest technology, including a MacIntosh computer laboratory, the Visual Resources Collection, a complete black and white photography studio and, in cooperation with the Communication Arts Department and the Media Center, a full complement of audio and video studios and course offerings. Exhibition opportunity is available in the Mooney Center, complemented by abundant opportunities to view art at the Castle Gallery and in the surrounding communities of New York City and Westchester.
The submission of a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces is required for admission as a B.F.A. Art Education in the Art Department. Freshmen and transfer students entering the B.S. Art Therapy, B.S. Art Education, or the B.A. Studio Art Programs may submit a portfolio for assessment, advisement, and consideration for an art scholarship. In the case of transfer students applying to a B.F.A. program in Art Education, the portfolio review can be accomplished following enrollment in courses, but prior to the second semester enrollment, during the time that a final transfer credit evaluation is completed. Transfer students must complete at least 50 percent of their art courses in the CNR Art Department.