Visual Arts Program

School of Arts and Humanities

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The Studies in the Arts program offers a comprehensive curriculum in a variety of arts disciplines encompassing the Performing Arts (Dance, Music, and Theatre) and the Visual Arts (Interdisciplinary Visual Art and Art History).   The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is offered with concentrations in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Illustration, and Visual Communications.   Courses normally require a high degree of student participation, with the expectation that all students will demonstrate their assimilation of theory and technique through performance, exhibition, and portfolio.  

The Arts faculty and students produce a variety of curricular projects designed to enhance the cultural and intellectual environment of the University. Program majors are required to participate in artistic activities related to their area of concentration. The faculty works closely with individual students in their major area of specialization to develop a strong foundation of ideas, adept execution and advanced problem-solving skills.



Students concentrating in an arts program are required to:

  1. 1. Choose a major in a discipline and 
  2. 2. Pursue specialized studies in that discipline that will culminate in public presentations or a written project.  To elect a major in the Studies in the Arts program, a student must select one of several concentrations.  
    1. a. Performing Arts: Dance/Performance,  Dance/Theatre Dance, Dance/Studio Operations, Dance/Arts Administration, Dance/Pre-Dance Therapy, Dance/Pre-Physical Therapy, Theatre Performance, Theatre Design,  Arts Management, Classical Music Studies, Jazz Music Studies, and Vocal Music Studies.
    2. b. Visual Arts:  
      1. i. B.A.:  Art History, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts.  
      2. ii. BFA:  Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Illustration, Visual Communications.



The program is open to any Stockton student interested in studying the Arts. The prospective major must consult with faculty members in the desired concentration before declaring a major. Performing Arts majors should be prepared to present an audition or portfolio for review to be admitted to the program.  Visual Arts 1000-  and 2000-level courses are open to all students; however, students who intend to graduate with the Visual Arts BFA or the VIBA B.A. degree must submit a portfolio for review to be admitted to the program.  Students without a portfolio, with an interest in majoring in a Studio concentration, should contact the Program Coordinator.  


Art Minors – Students who choose to minor in the Arts should refer to the specific requirements for each respective area.



Students are admitted to a Visual Arts Studio concentration by sucessfully completing a portfolio review.  Portfolios are reviewed several times a year and matriculated students should contact the Visual Arts faculty or the program assistant or reference The Visual Arts Program for details.   


Transfer Students

Transfer students wishing to receive credit at Stockton for comparable courses taken at another institution should show relevant documentation to a faculty advisor, either at transfer student orientation or early in their first semester at Stockton. This documentation includes images of work (i.e., paintings, or images of paintings for Stockton's Painting I class; photographs for Stockton's Photography: Film and Darkroom I class) and a copy of transcripts from previous institutions.

Please be aware that the allocation of credits for Visual Arts courses taken at community college to Stockton Visual Arts program courses is not assumed to be one-to-one. Allocation means receiving transfer credit for a specific course at Stockton that is required for graduation. In general, two similar courses from a community college can be allocated for a single course at Stockton (for example, Intro to Drawing and Figure Drawing from Ocean County Community College might be combined to fulfill Drawing I at Stockton). Single courses may be allocated for a comparable course at Stockton (i.e., Intro to Drawing at OCC for Drawing I at Stockton), but that decision must be made by an ARTV faculty member and is based on the quality of the work and its relevance to ARTV program requirements. Transfer students receive the number of transfer credits that they have earned regardless of how their transfer courses are allocated.



The Visual Arts concentrations encompass the required work in the studio disciplines, and art. This curriculum provides the student with the foundation and advanced skills necessary for a career in the arts, graduate study, and preparation for a broad range of general career paths.


The Bachelor of Fine Art Degree (BFA) is offered through the Visual Arts Program. While completing the Core Curriculum, students select a BFA concentration in Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture or Visual Communications (graphic design). The BFA offers depth in a discipline, more intense studio experience, the knowledge and technical skill set fundamental to chosen disciplines, and preparation for a career in the visual arts. In the two-semester capstone (Senior Project) courses, faculty work closely with individual students toward the acquisition of advanced problem-solving skills and a personal execution of theory and techniques. The BFA culminates in a Senior Project Thesis Exhibition in the art gallery.


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 or Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (VIBA). 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. The VIBA track offers breadth across disciplines, and the one-semester capstone (Senior Project) emphasizes a synthesis of two or more media. The VIBA track culminates in a portfolio of interdisciplinary artwork.



Independent Study provides students with the opportunity to work on special projects that are not available through regular class offerings. Students who plan to pursue Independent Study must contact their preceptor; they are also responsible for finding a faculty sponsor for the project. The program’s core courses may not be taken as Independent Study.



Studio Art and Art History Minors

The minors in Studio Art and Art History are designed to provide a coherent, formal, and officially recognized course of study in the visual arts for the non-art major, the student whose primary field lies elsewhere but who desires, out of personal interest or for career reasons, to pursue a cohesive program in art.  Studio Art majors working toward either the BFA or BA degree may also elect to minor in Art History.

The visual arts comprise a field of great relevance and enrichment to a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to, communications, history, literature, education, theatrical studies, business studies and the sciences.

A grade of C or better is required for all program and cognate courses. A maximum of two transfer courses will be counted toward a Stockton Visual Arts minor.


What can I do with a degree in the Visual Arts?

The study of Visual Art begins with an exploration of the elements of visual language and their organization into meaningful relationships. The Visual Arts program’s Core Curriculum serves as a foundation for both traditional and contemporary approaches to particular disciplines. Through practice and study of the history of art, an understanding of the myriad expressions of art develops; through the creative studio experience, a knowledge of the rich visual culture of art and design that shapes our world. The practice of art activates intuition, evaluation, synthesis and finally self-direction in the creation of an individual aesthetic approach to art making within a particular discipline, range of media, or visual design that communicates ideas.


Special Facilities

Students have access to studios for printmaking, painting, sculpture, graphic design and computer graphics, and a photographic darkroom. A brand new Art Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. The Art Club is an extracurricular organization, open to any Stockton student that engages in art-related creative and social activities. Activities have included field trips; figure drawing sessions, silk screening, button making, and the production of a colorful calendar featuring student artwork.