Art & Design

BA, Minor

The Department of Art & Design offers the following undergraduate programs outside of the BFA program:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art 

The BA degree provides students the opportunity to explore the materials, techniques, places, events, and images that form the basis for understanding the artist’s position in the modern world. All undergraduate students in the Department of Art & Design begin with the same foundation studio curriculum, designed to familiarize them with core concepts and basic skills in preparation for a rigorous studio practice. The course’s emphasis is on the study of drawing, color, and composition as well as time and screen-based contemporary art practices. Students on the BA track then pursue more liberal arts requirements within the wider university rather than declare an area of concentration with upper level studio courses in visual arts. 

All RutgersNew Brunswick undergraduate students who gain approval from either SAS or SEBS are permitted to declare a BA in art as a major upon acceptance by the Department of Art & Design. Students must take 42 credits to complete the art degree requirements.

For questions regarding the BA program, please contact the undergraduate program advisor.

  • Foundation Studio requirements 
    • 07:081:121 – Drawing Fundamentals
    • 07:081:122 – 4D Fundamentals
    • 07:081:227 – Visual Thinking A
    • 07:081:228 – Visual Thinking B
  • Art History and Critical Issues Foundation Courses 
    • 01:082:105 – Introduction to Art History
    • 01:082:106 – Introduction to Art History
    • 07:080:200 – Seminar in Contemporary Art A
    • 07:080:201 – Seminar in Contemporary Art B

The two semesters of “Introduction to Art History” are prerequisites for “Seminar in Contemporary Art A.”

Students are also required to take two credits of Visual Arts Practice (VAP) 07:081:105, a supervised practical experience within the department’s studios, computer or photo labs, or galleries, or specific projects outside the departments in the fields students may pursue after graduation. One Byrne Seminar may count as 1 VAP credit. 

Transferring from BA to BFA 

Students who wish to change from a BA to a BFA must complete a school-to-school transfer and submit a portfolio of work for faculty review. These applications are submitted in March to May for admittance to the BFA in the following fall or from October to December for spring admittance. Please refer to Art & Design Admissions for more information. 

Transferring from BFA to BA 

Students who wish to leave Art & Design and matriculate at some other unit of Rutgers University must submit an application for a school-to-school transfer. Please refer to Art & Design Admissions for more information. 

Minor in Art

Available to all undergraduate students who gain approval from their degree granting unit, the art minor creates a space for non-major students who wish to explore their artistic interests alongside their academic pursuits and professional goals within the stimulating creative climate of Mason Gross School of the Arts. 

Students must declare art through MyMajor to be granted approval into the program. 

Students must receive a C or better final grade for all courses in the minor. 

Studio courses are sequential, and students are advised to declare a minor by the first semester of their junior year to allow for adequate time to complete the visual arts minor. 

Note: Typically, “A” studio classes are offered in the fall (07:081:121, 07:081:227 and 07:081:321) and “B” studio classes are offered in the spring (07:081:228).

  • Art Minor requirements
    • Art History 105
    • Art History 106
  • Foundation Studio requirements
    • Drawing Fundamentals
    • 4D Fundamentals
    • Visual Thinking A or B
  • Figure Drawing II
  • The 16 studio credits must be completed at Mason Gross.
  • Drawing Fundamentals (07:081:121) is a prerequisite for Figure Drawing II (07:081:324)