Earn Your BFA in NYC
Our degree is designed for students who want an intensive and innovative studio art practice with an outstanding education in the liberal arts. A thorough grounding in art history and critical theory allows you to explore complex issues in your work. This interdisciplinary degree mixes rich visual traditions with emerging forms and ideas that encourage students to envision fresh new ways of making art.
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Located in the heart of New York City, the center of the international art world, the BFA in Studio Art at NYU Steinhardt allows you to participate directly in the evolution of contemporary culture, viewing exciting exhibitions, holding internships, and attending important lectures and live performances as they happen. Because our degree offers the vast academic resources of a major research university as well as a studio faculty of accomplished professional artists, we are able to prepare students for meaningful careers in the arts, while exposing them to a rich cultural environment that far exceeds the scope of more narrowly defined art programs.
Our first–year Foundation Program is a focused progression of studio and critical art theory courses enables students to explore many forms and philosophies of art making, giving them an unusually wide array of skills and visual languages with which to express their ideas. Students develop technical and analytical skills, as well as creative discipline, and a clearer understanding of the relationship between art and society.
Beginning as early as second semester Freshman year and beyond, students begin to take Liberal Arts Core classes and choose studio courses in consultation with an adviser. Students also complete upper level interdisciplinary studio projects and departmental studio and theory based electives. Praxis courses combine critical theory with innovative artistic practices, and classes in experimental forms, such as Autobiography, Art and Activism, Sex and Contemporary Art, and The Artist as Visionary and Saboteur, expand the definitions of art and its audiences. Students may also select a minor from among many of the undergraduate programs at NYU.
Senior Studio is a year-long course that every BFA candidate enrolls in for the final year of their undergraduate education. The emphasis of the class is to provide a concentrated, non-media-specific forum for students to receive rigorous feedback from faculty and peers as they push a body of work towards a spring semester thesis exhibition. Senior Studio dovetails with every senior receiving a private studio in which to develop said work at their own pace without the interruption of the shared spaces they've grown accustomed to working in. Throughout the semester students are expected to be working extensively in their studios, putting in, at minimum, 25 hours a week.
Through participation in our degree, we expect you to develop in the following areas:
- A broad base of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, which complements the art-making process and provides you with opportunities to interpret the meaning of you artwork.
Demonstrating technical expertise related to the meaning of the artwork.
Understanding of historical and contemporary art modes, coupled with the development of language-based and theoretical models for contextualizing your artwork.
Ability to critique–to identify aesthetic/content problems–in the work of others and self.
Ability to demonstrate initiative and ingenuity in devising and sustaining a plan of experimentation or action.
Ability to use research and other resources in the completion of artworks.
Risk-taking in artwork; willingness to experiment and maintain an open mind.
Ability to work independently, developing a unique and meaningful artistic practice, as well as in collaboration with fellow artists.
Growth/development toward a personally constructed conceptual direction in your artwork.
Barney Building facilities include studio classrooms and workshops for sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, and sewing; photography labs, a fabrication lab; digital labs; and printing studios.
The Commons is an exhibition and performance space with beautiful two-story clerestory windows. Rosenberg Gallery is our white-box space for installations. Student exhibitions change every 2–3 weeks.
20 Cooper Square is our 12,000-square-foot studio space for all Senior BFAs. It is composed of 62-square-foot individual studio cubicles, a student lounge, computer stations, two 60” monitors, a projector for digital work, plus four installation areas for critiques. Each studio is outfitted with a work table and locking storage.
BFA in Studio Art at NYU
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