Our professional BFA program in art and design prepares you for a variety of careers, or advanced study in the field. All students receive a broad introduction to the studio arts through a sequence of introductory courses in different media, followed by focused study in a selected studio area, including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Digital Arts, Graphic Design, Sculpture, and Film and Video Production. Interdisciplinary options are also available. Should you wish to focus in an area, we offer concentrations in: Digital Art & Graphic Design, Film & Video Production, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Sculpture and 3-D Design.
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. 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.
Important note: all students wishing to enter the BFA Program in Art must first be accepted to Pace University, and then submit a mandatory portfolio for review. View submission guidelines.
Concentration - Digital Art & Graphic Design
Pace provides students a professional BFA degree in a range of new media fields. Study web design, graphic design, 2D and 3D animation, second life, game design, or desktop publishing. Course options include classes that combine hands on fabrication with digital processes: the Graphic Novel, Children’s Book Illustration, and 3D Design, for example. The Art Department digital labs are fully equipped with Mac computers and industry standard software. Our faculty are innovative new media artists with international reputations in the field. Our students have interned in graphic design, animation, and web design for the MTA Arts for Transit Program, the Metropolitan Museum Design Department, and MTV, to name a few.
Concentration – Painting & Drawing
Pace offers a concentration for BFA students in Painting & Drawing where you will learn from practicing professional artists with international reputations. You will develop your skills in traditional and experimental media in small-sized classes. Interdisciplinary and mixed-media courses are also part of this concentration. Internships assisting established artists in their studios are available for credit. Our distinguished faculty have exhibited at institutions such as the Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Venice Bienalle, MASSMoca, among other venues.
Concentration - Photography
Work in both film and digital options in photography in our darkrooms and Mac labs. Experiment with historical processes as well as new technologies. Develop your skills in small classes with a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and successful photographers. Pace students have interned with commercial photographers and magazines such as Details, Teen Vogue, and Seventeen, among others.
Sculpture and 3D Design
Work with both traditional media and new technology in the Art Department. Study with accomplished practicing artists and designers and earn the professional BFA degree in the field. New facilities provide access to woodworking equipment, laser cutters, and 3D printers. Courses encompass techniques such as casting and mold-making, augmented with current approaches in installation and performance. Students work on sculptural projects in the studio and on site.
- 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.