Several universities and 2-year colleges in New Jersey offer art classes through undergraduate certificate programs as well as associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Some areas of focus include animation and illustration, visual arts, studio art, art education and art history. Program participants often take classes in color, design and layout, drawing, ceramics, painting, sculpture and photography. In addition, formal instruction allows students to compile portfolio pieces and develop their techniques.
There are many careers in the field of art, including craft and fine artist, art teacher and art director. Some of these careers don't require a degree, while others, such as art director, typically require a bachelor's degree. To work as a public school art teacher in New Jersey, one must earn certification with an endorsement in art through the NJ Department of Education. Qualifications include at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited school, including a teacher preparation sequence and a minimum of 30 credits of art courses, and passage of the Praxis II test. Profiled below are programs from the ten largest schools in New Jersey offering art education.
Bergen Community College
At this Paramus school, students can earn an Associate in Arts in Art. Coursework includes drawing, art history and 2-D design. Students also complete studio art electives. A minimum of 64 credits must be taken to graduate. This school provides access to animation studios, computer labs, drawing and painting facilities, and a photography darkroom.
Brookdale Community College
Located in Lincroft, this school offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Studio Art. This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. Courses cover art history, drawing, design, portfolio development and studio electives. The school also has an Associate of Arts program in humanities with a photography concentration and an Associate of Applied Science in Digital Animation and 3-D Design. Additionally, Brookdale Community College hosts student exhibits at its on-campus gallery.
Camden County College
At this Blackwood school, students can earn a Certificate of Achievement in Fine Art Techniques or an Associate of Fine Arts in Studio Art. The certificate program includes courses in basic drawing, life drawing and 2-D and 3-D design. Students also complete art electives. The associate's program contains courses in art history, drawing and photography. Studio electives include ceramics and pottery, photography, sculpture, mural painting and watercolor.
Essex County College
Located in Newark, this school offers a Certificate of Completion in Art and an Associate of Arts in Art. The certificate program can be finished in one year and includes courses in art fundamentals, as well as studio art electives. Coursework for the associate's program includes computer enhanced layout and design, drawing, painting fundamentals, 2-D design and 3-D design.
This school, located in Union, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, Art History or Fine Art. Undergraduates can also earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art or select a BFA with a photography option. Concentrations in painting/drawing/illustration, computer/video art, furniture/woodworking, metals/jewelry, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and fibers are available within the studio arts program. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Arts in Fine Arts Education. This program is offered with a studio option, for students wishing to improve their artistic abilities, and a certification option, for students intending to teach art in a K-12 setting. Individuals who already possess teacher certification can also select an art supervision option.
Middlesex County College
Located in Edison, this school offers an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts - Visual Arts or an Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts. The Associate in Arts program provides creative coursework for students intending to pursue a 4-year program in the visual arts. The AFA is a concentrated studio program that can prepare students to enter a Bachelor of Fine Arts program. AFA students take studio courses in areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics.
Montclair State University
This Montclair school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate art programs. Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation/Illustration, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts Studio or a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Studio. Within the fine arts studio programs, students can specialize in metalwork and jewelry, printmaking, ceramics, painting, drawing, photography or sculpture. Students can also pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Art History or Fine Arts Education.
Graduate students can earn an MFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in jewelry/metals, sculpture, multimedia, video art production, painting, printmaking, fiber forms, papermaking, drawing, filmmaking, photography or ceramics. The school also offers a Master of Arts in Fine Arts program with a concentration in museum management or studio. In addition, those seeking to teach art can pursue a post-baccalaureate teaching certification in art.
At this Glassboro school, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. Within the BFA program, students can choose to specialize in graphic design. This school also offers a dual major program that allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an endorsement in the teaching of art (K-12). Art course offerings include digital media and techniques, color and design, drawing and art history, to name a few.
Rutgers University - Newark
At this Newark school, students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in fine art or graphic design or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art. Students in the BA program can specialize in fine art, graphic design or art history. Those in the BFA program complete 81 credits in their area of specialization, while BA students complete only 48.
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Located in New Brunswick, this school offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in visual arts through the Mason Gross School of the Arts. BFA students can concentrate their studies in sculpture, media, drawing, print, painting, design or photography. The MFA program is interdisciplinary and requires students to complete a written thesis and exhibition for graduation. This school is home to project spaces, a lighting studio, sculpture workshops, individual studios and a gallery.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Art Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Bergen Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Arts in Art||$4,500 in-district; $8,154 in-state; $8,526 out-of-state*|
|Brookdale Community College||Two-year, public; fringe rural|| Associate of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Associate of Arts in Humanities: photography option,
Associate of Applied Science in Digital Animation and 3-D Design
|$4,869 in-district; $7,963 in-state; $8,663 out-of-state*|
|Camden County College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate of Achievement in Fine Art Techniques,
Associate of Fine Arts in Studio Art
|$4,320 in-district; $4,440 in-state; $4,440 out-of-state*|
|Essex County College||Two-year, public; large city|| Certificate of Completion in Art,
Associate of Arts in Art
|$4,995 in-district; $8,790 in-state and out-of-state*|
|Kean University||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts: photography option,
Master of Arts in Fine Arts Education
|$12,348 in-state; $19,383 out-of-state*|
|Middlesex County College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts - Visual Arts,
Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts
|$3,516 in-district; $7,032 in-state; $7,032 out-of-state*|
|Montclair State University||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Studio,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation/ Illustration,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts Studio,
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Education,
Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Art,
Master of Arts in Fine Arts,
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts
|$12,790 in-state; $20,578 out-of-state*|
|Rowan University||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Bachelor of Arts in Art/Bachelor of Arts in Education with an endorsement in the teaching of art (K-12)
|$13,697 in-state; $22,339 out-of-state*|
|Rutgers University - Newark||Four-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
|$14,409 in-state; $30,717 out-of-state*|
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||Four-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts,
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
|$14,974 in-state; $31,282 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.