The BA in Art in New York City campus provides a general, liberal arts education to students in the fields of both art and design. Classes are offered in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Film and Video Production, Printmaking, Photography, Interior Design, Digital Media (Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation, 3D Design, and Illustration), and Art History. The 36-credit degree provides you with a strong competence in the field, grounded in art historical practice. Both traditional and new media may be studied independently or merged, and taken in combination with lecture courses, internships, and study abroad. The BA degree is ideal for students who wish to double major with another liberal arts field. No portfolio is required for admission into the BA in Art program. Students may enter Pace in the BA program and then apply with a portfolio for acceptance into the more focused BFA in Art.
Our department supports the vital role of artists as participants in society and culture. Art majors incorporate concepts concurrent with the creation of form: painting, sculpture, photography, digital works, video, performance, installation, drawing, and mixed-media. The curriculum is designed for students to develop research, creation, and analysis to achieve specific goals and learning outcomes. Art History majors develop intellectual and intuitive skills to synthesize the content of classes into an integrated understanding of visual art practice. Small class sizes allow for a high degree of individual attention. New York City extends your classroom experience, with dozens of museums, hundred of galleries, and thousands of artists’ studios.
You will learn from our distinguished faculty of internationally recognized artists who will guide and challenge you in active learning environments. We believe that students learn best when developing thinking, questioning and creative fabrication skills simultaneously – integrating subject matter/media and expressive form. In studio courses, each student explores a broad array of materials, techniques and processes to realize content in inventive and innovative ways. In art history classes, students are required to do research, study and analyze works of contemporary and historical art from around the globe, and to write research papers.
- In Learning Communities, art and art history are linked with topics in other fields including literature, philosophy, business, or science. Our lecture and exhibition series brings noteworthy exhibitions, artists, and critics on campus.
- Every semester we offer Career Panels exposing students to opportunities in a myriad of art and design fields, including portfolio preparation, applying for graduate school, or installing an exhibition.
- International study is available through an extensive list of Pace affiliated universities abroad, as well as departmentally sponsored trips to destinations like Berlin or London.
- Collage Club and Gotham House offers our students the opportunity to become part of a social network of students with similar interests. Activities include trips to museums, films, and Broadway shows