Art, B.F.A.

School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

Program Overview

As an art student, you can explore drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital art, fabric art, interactive media, and cartoon illustration, among other media. At the B.F.A. level, you can expand your artistic studies and further refine your voice, through additional seminars that prepare you for a culminating senior thesis exhibition. The department offers a suite of studios and workrooms, including state-of-the-art digital labs; a pristine printmaking studio; photography labs; woodworking, metal, and ceramic facilities; and naturally lit painting studios—all in which you can use to express your creative vision.

Art, B.F.A.

Where You'll Go

With training in studio art, you could go on to be an animator, art director, graphic designer, industrial designer, photographer, or many other professions.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (68-69 Credits)

The art major is writing intensive.

The department chair, with the approval of the chair of the department’s undergraduate curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

Art 1050 or Core Studies 2.1 or Core Curriculum 1120 or Art 1010.

Art 2210, 2211, 3066, 4290, and 4291.

Nine additional credits in art history courses.

Forty-two additional credits in studio art courses subject to the following:

  • At least 21 credits must be completed after admission to the B.F.A. degree program.
  • At least three credits must be chosen from each of the following subject areas:
    • Digital art
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture

Special topics and honors courses in the above subject areas can count toward the fulfillment of the subject-area requirement with permission of the instructor and the chair.

Exhibition of the student’s art work, following approval by the Art Department. (The exhibition will normally be held during the semester preceding graduation.)

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the B.F.A. degree program should be obtained prior to the completion of 26 credits in studio art. An art portfolio is required. Consult the Art Department for procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the design elements necessary to create a work of art (line, shape, form, color, texture, proportion).
  • Demonstrate familiarity with fundamental skills necessary to create artwork in a specific media.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary or historical references to existing works of art.
  • Able to create art that reflects an original voice (an individualized and informed perspective).
  • Create a body of work in dialog with contemporary art practices.
  • Articulate the creative practice through writing and speaking.

Degree Maps

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Contact the Art Department for information on academic advisers and office hours.

Or contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

To make an appointment with an undergraduate admissions counselor, visit:

Virtual Admissions Counselor Appointments

Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the art B.F.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Brooklyn Museum
  • International Center for Photography
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • MOMA PS1
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Rubin Museum of Art

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