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.
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.
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.
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 March 1, 2024 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.
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*Please note that studio art courses meet for six hours per week.
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In addition, you must select five art electives (15 credits total).
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