Art and Design

Art and Design

Chair: Frederick McKitrick, Department of Art and Design
Compliance Officer/Technical Specialist: Mark Ludak
Director of Galleries and Collections: Scott Knauer

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) in Design and Animation (with concentrations in Animation and Graphic and Interactive Design) is a career-track program that prepares students for professional work in the fields of graphic design, computer graphics, Web design, and animation or for graduate school. Entering freshmen will be accepted as B.F.A. degree candidates. As sophomores, or in the fourth semester at Monmouth University, B.F.A. degree candidates will be required to pass the Art and Design Student Portfolio Review (AR-REV). Upon successful completion of the AR-REV, B.F.A. degree candidates will be officially accepted into the B.F.A. degree program. If a student fails to pass the AR-REV, he or she will be referred to a Student Review Committee, which will determine whether the student should change his or her major or be given a conditional semester or year. Transfer students can declare themselves a B.F.A. candidate upon acceptance to Monmouth University. Transfer students will also be required to pass the first given AR-REV.

The BA in Art is designed for students who seek a strong studio experience and the option of developing skills useful in several professional areas. The core of the degree is traditional studio work in foundations, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and ceramics. The B.A. in Art with a Concentration in Photography is a more focused program on photographic skills, both traditional and digital. All art and design majors are required to complete a one- to three-credit internship during their senior year. Additional internship and cooperative education opportunities are offered as electives starting in the junior year.

Department Honors will be earned based on the following criteria being met:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • A major GPA of at least 3.5
  • Completion of AR-410 Advanced Project I (1-3 cr.) and AR-411 Advanced Project II (1-3 cr.)
  • Artifacts having been publicly presented with a reading and defense of research topic
  • Project and paper to have a combined average of a “B” or better