B.A. in Visual Arts

  • Art History Students

    Art History Students

  • Student in a sculpting class

    Student in a sculpting class

  • Student painting on a large canvas

    Student painting on a large canvas

The Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) is offered through the Studies in the Arts Program. While completing the Core Curriculum, students select a BA concentration in either Art History, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (VIBA), and K-12 Certification in Visual Arts (EDVA).

The Senior Project in Art History includes a series of short projects in the first semester (press release, wall text, exhibition review, theoretical approaches, etc.), followed by a thesis or extended research project in the second semester.


Interdisciplinary Studio (VIBA) is a general studio arts degree in the Visual Arts with flexible course selection. The one-semester capstone (Senior Project), offered each spring, culminates in a project portfolio.

Designed to provide structured opportunities for liberal arts students to develop individual artistic potential and knowledge.

Art History (VHIS) is the academic discipline that studies the history and development of the visual arts, including architecture, painting, photography, prints, sculpture, and other media.

A useful supporting field for students of the visual arts, history, literature, languages, psychology, philosophy, religion, and other disciplines.

The careers most directly related to Art History are in the curatorial, education, and administrative departments of art museums and galleries.

Art history majors have found employment in fields as varied as teaching, interior design, antiques, architecture, fashion, writing, editing, and publishing.

K-12 Certification in Visual Arts (EDVA) concentration is designed for those students seeking to earn a B.A. in Visual Arts with Teacher Certification.

Although the University requires a 2.00 cumulative G.P.A., a 3.0 cumulative GPA is the minimum requirement for NJDOE Certification. A grade of C or better is required in all ARTV courses and a B-or better in all professional education courses. (For a list of all education requirements, including Praxis Core and Praxis II tests, refer to the Teacher Education section of the Bulletin.) The student is responsible for ensuring that all graduation and teacher certification requirements are fully met. Students should consult with their designated preceptors in both ARTV and EDUC on a regular basis.


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