Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Art and Design


Art galleries, design studios, and communications firms are in constant need of creative and professionally trained visual artists. With an overall rise in consumer preference for sophisticated images, opportunities for artists continue to grow. 

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from St. John's University prepares you for these opportunities. St. John’s is accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), which sets the highest standards in the arts for undergraduate and graduate art degrees nationwide.

Our 132-credit program provides necessary technical and creative tools as well as a rigorous liberal arts education. You gain the practical experience and intellectual preparation to develop your artistic identity. You acquire a thorough understanding of the various media used in visual arts while refining your creative skills in drawing, painting, photography, and digital media. Courses and projects expand your critical thinking and analytical skills as well as the creative conceptualization of your artist’s voice, as does the University's well-rounded liberal arts curriculum.

St. John's is located in New York City, the global capital of the arts and media. As a B.F.A. student, you have access to leading companies in the design, fine arts, photography and illustration industries, and may embark on career-enhancing internships at leading design studios and arts organizations.

As a Fine Arts major, you may also be eligible to pursue a pathway to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Museum Administration.

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You can apply directly to the B.F.A. in Fine Arts by completing the St. John's Undergraduate Application.

Please contact the Department Chair directly at [email protected] with any questions regarding this process.

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John's University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.

Additional Information

The Department of Art and Design awards two full-time, four-year scholarships to first-year students who demonstrate extraordinary proficiency and creative potential in their portfolio submission and have met the academic requirements of St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Three additional first-year students who demonstrate excellence in the visual arts are offered a $1,000 incentive scholarship. Students are selected through the portfolio review process and must submit their portfolio in our SlideRoom portal by January 15 to be considered. For more information, contact Nerissa Palad-Palermo at 718-990-6250 or [email protected]

To earn a B.F.A. in Fine Arts, students complete 132 credits in core, major-requirements and elective courses as outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Science section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Required Studio Courses*

CourseCourse #Title
ART1110Foundation Design
ART1130Color Theory
ART1135 or 1105(Choose one)
ART1200Drawing I
ART1210Drawing II
ART1510Printmaking: Relief & Intaglio
ART2120Three-Dimensional Design
ART2220Anatomy & Figure Drawing I
ART2310Painting I
ART2320Painting II
ART2520Printmaking: Planographic Methods
ART3240Drawing III
ART3350Mixed Media Concerns
ART3560Studio Seminar I
ART4110Studio Seminar II

 *Please note that studio art courses meet for six hours per week. 

Required Art History Courses

CourseCourse #Title
ART1710History of Art I
ART1720History of Art II
ART2750Historical Modernism 1848-1945
ART2755 or 3720(Choose one)
ART2790Contemporary Art & Culture

Choose one of the following:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
ART4125Creative Thesis9

In addition, you must select five art electives (15 credits total).

Required Core Curriculum Courses

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Department Contact

Elizabeth DeLuna

Department Chair

Elizabeth DeLuna
Department Chair
[email protected]