Why choose a BFA in Art?

    If you are an artist with professional aspirations then the 60-credit BFA in Art will enhance your technical and creative skills within the meaningful context of the liberal arts. You can choose to concentrate in Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration and Animation, and/or Studio Practices.

    Why Study Art at MMC?

    Our new 12,000-square-foot Judith Mara Carson Center for Visual Arts provides you with a unique teaching and learning environment with light-filled studios, digital labs, and a communal hub to host events, connect with friends, or just hang out.

    Take in everything New York City offers as the center of the international art world. Meet leading curators, artists, photographers, and designers. Learn from faculty members who are professional artists. Attend classes and intern in prominent cultural institutions like Sotheby’s, the Met, MoMA, PS1, El Museo del Barrio, and art galleries across the city.

    Studying Art at MMC gives you the foundation to think critically and act creatively  — just what you’ll need to transition to the professional art world. 

    You can study abroad and apply for internships. In your senior capstone class,you will be introduced to professional practices and produce an independent body of work for a Senior Thesis Exhibition in the Hewitt Gallery of Art.  Our priority is to prepare you for life after graduation.

    What You Will Learn as a BFA in Art Major

    Our core courses build your artistic foundation. Integrate solid technical skills with knowledge of art history, theory, and practice.

    Design your own program by choosing one or more of four concentrations:

    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration and Animation
    • Photography
    • Studio Practices

    Through coursework, apprenticeships and internships, special lectures, and access to artists’ studios, you will develop your skills not just as an artist, but as a critic and communicator.


    Department of Art and Art History
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    Carson Hall,  700

    Art History
    Carson Hall,  700


    Graphic Design

    Blend artistry and technology in our Graphic Design concentration. You’ll learn foundational design principles and theories. Apply the skill sets you develop to print design, web design, illustration, interactive media, photography, and more. Get ready for a career or graduate school by preparing a professional portfolio in your chosen media. 

    Illustration and Animation

    In our Illustration and Animation concentration, you’ll hone your drawing skills and become fluent in time-based media and the art of visual storytelling. You’ll master the latest digital software and you’ll build a professional portfolio that’s ready to use for job and graduate school applications.


    In our Photography concentration, you’ll take your foundational courses at MMC and advanced courses at The International Center of Photography (ICP). ICP features state-of-the-art darkroom and digital facilities, a museum, and a collection of over 20,000 books, artist files, and periodicals. You’ll study lighting, portraiture, landscape, photojournalism, medium- and large-format photography, and advanced darkroom and digital techniques. 

    Studio Practices

    As a student in our Studio Art concentration, you’ll first explore a wide range of artists’ materials and tools—from charcoal and paint to the most current digital technologies. Then, you’ll hone your skills in your chosen medium—painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and installation—and produce a body of work and professional portfolio. 

    Program Highlights

    International Liquid Finger Prayer by Pipilotti Rist
    Learn what it’s really like to work in New York City’s museums, galleries, auction houses, graphic design and photography studios, advertising firms, and publishing companies. Art majors have recently interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and Teen Vogue, just to name a few.
    Kate Cheney '20 in Cyprus
    Study art and art history in another culture and context. This scholarship, named in honor of a longtime former faculty member, provides financial assistance to an Art or Art History student to study abroad. 
    Portfolio Prep
    Graduate with a professional quality portfolio that’s ready to send to potential employers or graduate programs. All Art majors create digital portfolios and take a senior capstone seminar course to develop a body of work for exhibition in the Hewitt Gallery of Art. 



    Careers and Outcomes

    Art majors at MMC have gone on to succeed in graduate school and a wide array of careers in the art world and in art-related fields. Below are just a few of the roles and places alumni of this program have landed. 

    job titles

    • Artist
    • Art Therapist
    • Art Educator
    • Creative Director
    • Gallery Director
    • Graphic Designer
    • Photo Editor


    • Christie’s Auction House
    • Howard Greenberg Gallery
    • Inked Magazine
    • MoMA PS1
    • The National Association of Women Artists