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Department of Art

Professors: A. Anreus, Z. Cong, A. DeLaura, M. Fay, D. Horton, A. Lazarus, C. Magistro, D. Moore, M. Rees, D. Shapiro, H. Zhang

Associate Professors: J. Brown, L. Farber, C. Goldstein, E. Lorenz, L. Prince, L. Razzore(chair), S. Rittler,   R. Schwartz, T. Uhlein, M. Williams

The Department of Art at William Paterson University is a critical component of the College of the Arts and Communication. Accredited by NASAD, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, William Paterson University has twenty full-time faculty who are complemented by a professional staff of lab technicians, gallery directors and administrative assistants. With two undergraduate degrees, bachelor of arts degree (BA) offered in studio art and art history, and bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA), as well as master of fine arts (MFA), the department has a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum that has gained a reputation for excellence. In collaboration with the College of Education, a course of study that will lead to a Certification in Teaching is also offered.

All freshmen in the studio arts start in the art foundation program. Courses in Two-Dimensional Design and Digital Process, Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing, Life Drawing, Color Theory, Painting, Sculpture, and Art History provide an introduction to a variety of areas of study in the visual arts. In addition, art students will meet a diversity of faculty: historians, sculptors, painters, and designers who work in both digital and traditional methods and materials. A broad range of classes in the humanities and social sciences within a liberal arts community provide a rich setting for each student to design a unique educational experience.

Within the B.F.A. degree, concentrations in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, Graphic and Interactive Design, Animation and Multimedia, Photography and Digital Image Processes, Sculpture and 3D Design, and Interdisciplinary comprise the range of disciplines that prepare students for the rapidly changing multi-media art environment. An internship program provides the opportunity for students to experience classroom theory in a professional work place environment, as well.

The art department is located in two distinctive buildings: the Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts and Power Arts Center. The Ben Shahn Center is the home for graphic design, computer animation, motion graphics, state-of-the-art computer imaging labs, 2D and 3D studios, drawing and painting studios, and art history lecture halls, as well as the University Art Galleries, recognized regionally and nationally for exhibitions and lectures by contemporary artists. The spacious Power Art Center offers fully equipped studios for undergraduate and graduate students and labs for photography, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, painting and furniture design. The Center's Art Gallery provides a unique setting in which students can exhibit their work.

The department's faculty is dedicated to rigorous standards of artistic and scholastic endeavor, yet strives to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Studio art faculty and art historians are experienced professors as well as working professionals who actively exhibit and publish within their fields of specialization. The University's proximity to New York City, generally accepted as the art capital of the world, provides an exceptional resource for student research and enjoyment. Lecture and studio classes are regularly scheduled to meet in New York. On campus public transportation provides access to world class museums, private galleries and exhibitions, artists' studio visits, theater and musical events.

BFA Entrance Requirements

Applicants for admission to the BFA program must submit a portfolio of their work. Portfolios should include a variety of work: sketchbooks, finished and unfinished drawings, paintings, watercolors, graphic designs, and photographs, as well as prints or slides of three-dimensional work. Select works that best represent you.

The portfolios should include a one-page, type-written essay that discusses the applicant's educational objectives and why acceptance to the art department at William Paterson University will assist the applicant in attaining these objectives. If available, it is useful to include a list of awards, citations, exhibitions, and any art-related work experience.

Honors Track Program

The Performing Arts Honors Track is intended primarily for motivated English, art, and music majors, though interested students from other majors can apply. For further information on this track, consult the director, Professor Susan Dinan, 973.720.3658.