Art

B.F.A. in Art


Designed for individuals who plan a career in the world of art, the Bachelor of Fine Arts offers an intensive program that combines conservatory training in the traditional studio arts with a liberal arts education. This 120-credit program is intended for students who wish to become professional artists and/or pursue graduate study in the visual arts.

As an art major you will study with professional artists and leading scholars, as well as visiting guest artists from around the world. You will build a solid foundation in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking, while exploring the history and theory of human creativity in courses that range from the arts of the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean to contemporary photography and digital design. Art Foundations are required of all freshmen in the program, where concepts and practices in two- and three-dimensional art forms are examined. As a junior you will choose one or more of the studio arts as your concentration; as a senior you will work with a faculty advisor in preparing a B.F.A. exhibition of works in your chosen art media.

A digital technology lab; painting, sculpture and ceramic studios; galleries to showcase student work; and the Steinberg Museum of Art are a few of the many resources at your fingertips. These facilities are complemented by one of the finest undergraduate academic libraries in the region with holdings that include important art collections.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Students wishing to transfer into a Department of Art program are required to submit a portfolio for evaluation by the director of the relevant program. Schedule a review by calling the Department of Art at 516-299-2464.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to applying to the university, students must submit a portfolio for review for admission to undergraduate art programs.

Portfolio reviews are offered by appointment at Portfolio Review Days in Fall and Spring, at all LIU Post Open Houses, monthly in conjunction with studio class visits, or online at getacceptd.com/liu. Call (516) 299-2464 to schedule your portfolio review.

All students who submit a portfolio for review are also considered for recommendation by the Department of Art to receive a Deans Office Award for Rising Talent (DO:ART) scholarship.

Qualities that Set Us Apart

  • Exceptional faculty of professional, working artists and scholars as well as world-class guest artists
  • Small classes and an individualized approach to learning
  • Professional facilities include the Ceramics Design Center, Printmaking Workshop and Paper Mill, Print and Digital Photography Studios, Student Art Galleries, Painting Studios
  • Nationally acclaimed career services and internship placements
  • Inspiring campus setting, located on 307 wooded acres
  • Less than an hour from Manhattan, providing easy access to the rich New York City art and culture

For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the Core Curriculum section of the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin.

Major Requirements
Required Fine Arts Courses
ART 2 Studio Foundation 1 9.00
ART 3 Studio Foundation 2 6.00
DRAW 1 Drawing 1 3.00
ART 102 Fine Arts Internship 3.00
ART 103 Fine Arts Senior Seminar 1.00
CGPH 16 Digital Imaging 3.00

Art Studio Concentration
Required Art Studio Courses
ART 11 Life Drawing I 3.00
ART 14 Painting 2 3.00
ART 20 Advanced Photography 3.00
ART 21 Printmaking 3.00
ART 22 Intermediate Printmaking 3.00
ART 31 Pottery/Ceramics I 3.00
ART 35 Sculpture 1 3.00
ART 36 Sculpture 2 3.00
One of the following:
ART 13 Painting 1 3.00
ART 43 Watercolor 3.00
Required Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
ART 72 Contemporary Art 3.00
Required Senior Tutorial and Thesis Courses One of the following:
ART 385 Honors Tutorial 3.00
ART 386 Honors Tutorial 3.00
ATUT 1 Senior Fine Arts Tutorial 3.00
One of the following:
ART 389 Honors Thesis 3.00
ART 390 Honors Thesis 3.00
PROJ 3 Senior Project 3.00
One of the following:
ART 61 Ancient Art: The Western Tradition 3.00
ART 64 Medieval Art 3.00
ART 65 Italian Renaissance Art 3.00
ART 66 Northern Art of the 15th and 16th Centuries 3.00
ART 67 The Art of the Baroque 3.00
ART 68 The Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries 3.00
ART 70 Modern Art 3.00
ART 75 American Art 3.00
ART 77 Pre-Colonial Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas 3.00
ART 78 Asian Art 3.00
ART 79 History of Photography 3.00
ART 80 Concepts & Issues in Contemporary Photography 3.00
ART 85 History of Visual Communications 3.00
ART 90 Seminar in Art History 3.00
ART 91 Independent Study in Art History 3.00
Elective Directed Studio Art Courses
Any two undergraduate ART, CER, CGPH, DRAW, VISL courses

Mixed Studio Concentration
Students must complete TWO of the following options:
Option 1
ART 21 Printmaking 3.00
ART 22 Intermediate Printmaking 3.00
ART 23 Advanced Printmaking 3.00
OR - Option 2
ART 35 Sculpture 1 3.00
ART 36 Sculpture 2 3.00
ART 37 Sculpture 3 3.00
OR - Option 3
ART 14 Painting 2 3.00
ART 15 Advanced Painting 3 3.00
One of the following:
ART 13 Painting 1 3.00
ART 43 Watercolor 3.00

Mixed Studio Second Portion
Required Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art 2 3.00
ART 72 Contemporary Art 3.00
One of the following:
ART 61 Ancient Art: The Western Tradition 3.00
ART 64 Medieval Art 3.00
ART 65 Italian Renaissance Art 3.00
ART 66 Northern Art of the 15th and 16th Centuries 3.00
ART 67 The Art of the Baroque 3.00
ART 68 The Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries 3.00
ART 70 Modern Art 3.00
ART 75 American Art 3.00
ART 77 Pre-Colonial Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas 3.00
ART 78 Asian Art 3.00
ART 79 History of Photography 3.00
ART 80 Concepts & Issues in Contemporary Photography 3.00
ART 85 History of Visual Communications 3.00
ART 90 Seminar in Art History 3.00
ART 91 Independent Study in Art History 3.00
Elective Mixed Studio Courses
Fifteen credits from the following:
ART 11 Life Drawing I 3.00
ART 14 Painting 2 3.00
ART 15 Advanced Painting 3 3.00
ART 16 Advanced Painting 3.00
ART 21 Printmaking 3.00
ART 22 Intermediate Printmaking 3.00
ART 23 Advanced Printmaking 3.00
ART 35 Sculpture 1 3.00
ART 36 Sculpture 2 3.00
ART 37 Sculpture 3 3.00
ART 43 Watercolor 3.00
CER 3 Advanced Ceramics 3.00
CER 4 Advanced Ceramics 3.00
Elective Directed Studio Art Courses
Any one undergraduate ART, CER, CGPH, DRAW, VISL courses
Required Senior Tutorial and Thesis Courses
One of the following:
ART 385 Honors Tutorial 3.00
ART 386 Honors Tutorial 3.00
ATUT 1 Senior Fine Arts Tutorial 3.00
One of the following:
ART 389 Honors Thesis 3.00
ART 390 Honors Thesis 3.00
PROJ 3 PROJ 3 Senior Project 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 120
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 30

Minimum Major Credits: 82 - Art (70) + Art History (12)

Minimum Overall GPA: 2.00
Minimum Major GPA: 2.00

Art Portfolio Review Days

Prospective students are invited for portfolio review and tour of our fine arts studios and facilities.

Individual Portfolio Reviews and Studio Shadow Visits
In 2019 September 16, October 7, November 4 and December 2. In 2020 February 19, March 2 and April 13. Call 516-299-2464 to schedule your visit.

CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Post-CACD@LIU.edu