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Why Come To Rutgers-Newark?

Rutgers-Newark is located in the heart of historic Newark, NJ and just a train ride away from New York City. Rutgers-Newark has also been ranked as one of the most diverse universities in the country. But what really sets the college apart from any other is the feeling of family and the bonds developed in attending Rutgers. Students in the Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and Art History programs find that developing a productive academic relationship with individual instructors is greatly facilitated by smaller class sizes at Rutgers-Newark. Further, the positive benefit of mentoring becomes firmly established through the repetition of familiar instructors throughout the many different courses within a students major. Through events such as lectures, exhibitions, and field trips, students become more active and more aware of their field of study.

Programs in Art, Design, & Art History

The Art, Design, and Art History Programs focus on providing undergraduate students an understanding of visual culture within a context of art and design history, theory, and practice. Students learn different strategies of formal and critical analysis to provide them with the tools for observing and interpreting visual and verbal material. These acquired skills, combined with a large liberal arts component, add to the development of their personal expression and cultural literacy. Within the curriculum, students take a series of required studio and art history foundation courses and electives that prepare them for advanced work in Graphic Design, Fine Arts, or Art History concentrations. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop independent work with faculty and to apply for competitive internships on campus and within the metropolitan area. Students in Art History complete a written thesis project while Art and Design students complete a portfolio and special Capstone Project that is exhibited in the campus gallery in their senior year. Through conceptual observation, creative processes, and practical implementation in their specific area of concentration, students are provided with the opportunity to become sophisticated and productive artists, professionals, and scholars.



The Graphic Design Concentration offers students an educational experience that focuses on the preparation for the professional practice of visual communication that includes publication design, package design, information design, corporate identity, and web design. Students are exposed to complex theoretical approaches, methodologies, and processes that make up the domain of graphic design education. In addition to studio work in design, students take advanced classes that explore art and design history, critical writings, and professional practice. The intent is to develop design practitioners possessing the knowledge necessary to become socially responsible innovators and thinkers. The Graphic Design specialization is a B.F.A. or B.A program provided within the Art and Design concentration. Graphic Design is explored in detail, revealing its history and meaning, and provides the techniques and tools for the student to become a confident designer.

The Fine Arts Concentration offers a curriculum in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and digital arts. Through an integrative approach, students can combine advanced courses in these areas to develop varied applications of innovative methods and materials. Courses in critical studies and advanced art history provide the student with a social, cultural, historical, and philosophical context for understanding traditional and contemporary art. Within this framework, students acquire the ability to understand conceptual investigation as a means for visual expression that will synthesize into an individual perspective. Ultimately, students learn about the relationship of their art to the exhibition space while they prepare a thematic body of work for final viewing and critical assessment.


BA Programs
The BA in Art with concentrations in Art, Graphic Design, and Art History provide students with an understanding of art as a humanistic discipline and focuses on concepts and skills that lead to careers in various arts fileds. The programs consists of 16 courses earning 48 credits: a required group of foundation courses, an area of emphasis, and a senior thesis. The emphasis is worked out in consultation with an adviser and is intended to develop ideas and skills in a particular area. During the senior year, students produce work that forms the portfolio for admission to graduate school and/or for professional job entry. Credit requirements for a concentration in Art History are the same as those for the art and design concentration, except that only 12 credits are required in the foundation program and the 18-credit specialization area is in art history courses at the 200 level and above, selected in consultation with an adviser. The 6-credit senior seminar is required during the senior year to produce a written thesis.

BFA Programs
The B.F.A. in Visual Arts major (with concentrations in Fine Art and Graphic Design) is offered in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. It is a professional degree program that provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to the visual arts. It offers practical, experimental, and theoretical course work as well as the technical skills necessary for careers in art and design. The program includes a large liberal arts component that adds to the development of personal expression. Students also may take advantage of special internship opportunities in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Work starts with the foundation courses, and then continues to advanced studio work, where students can pursue their goals and concentrate in either fine arts or graphic design. During the senior year, students produce work that forms the portfolio for admission to graduate school and/or for professional job entry. The program consists of 27 courses earning 81 credits, including a required group of foundation courses, art history courses, critical studies courses, advanced studio courses in the concentration, art electives, portfolio, and senior thesis. The concentration is worked out in consultation with an adviser and is intended to develop ideas and skills in a particular area. During the senior year, students produce work that is shown in an exhibition at the Paul Robeson Gallery and that also forms the portfolio for admission to graduate school or for entry into the professional world. On the following page is a flowchart for the BA and BFA curriculums which displays the recommended courses student should take each semester.

The Art History Concentration offers students courses in Art History that range from the study of Ancient to Contemporary Art and includes Non-Western Art, Art and Women, and Critical Studies. Through their exploration of the history of art, students acquire not only an understanding of artistic styles within a historical and cultural context, but they are introduced to alternative methodological and theoretical avenues of investigation throughout art history. Students hone their writing and research skills and are introduced to the various professional applications of their studies, from academia to museums to the corporate world. Graduates emerge with focused career goals and the ability to synthesize and optimize the skills they have acquired during their time in the concentration.

BA in Art

124 CREDITS - 48 within Major, 59 General Education, 17 other

BFA in Art

128 CREDITS - 81 within Major, 47 General Education



Spring 3-D Design Fundamentals Introduction to Painting Introduction to Art History II English Natural Science or Math General Elective


Design Fundamentals Introduction to Drawing Introduction to Art History I English Math


Design Fundamentals Introduction to Drawing Introduction to Art History I English Math


3-D Design Fundamentals Figure Drawing Introduction to Painting Introduction to Art History II English Natural Science or Math


Studio Concentration (Major) Development of Modern Art Art Elective Literature Lab Science


Studio Concentration (Major) Art Since 1945 Art Elective Literature Lab Science


Studio Concentration (Major) Development of Modern Art Introduction to Printmaking Art Elective Literature Lab Science


Studio Concentration (Major) Art Since 1945 Introduction to Photography Art Elective Literature Lab Science


Studio Concentration (Major) Art Elective Advance Art History Social Science General Elective


Studio Concentration (Major) Seminar - Critcal Studies (Major) Art Elective Social Science History


Studio Concentration (Major) Spring Seminar - Critcal Studies (Major) Advanced Art History Art Elective History

Studio Concentration (Major) Seminar - Critcal Studies (Major) Art Elective Social Science Restricted Elective


Senior Studio Seminar - 1 Art Elective Fine Art Requirement History Interdisciplinary


Senior Studio Seminar - 2 Art Elective General Electives General Electives General Electives


Senior Studio Seminar - 1 Studio Concentration (Major) Art Elective Social Science History


Senior Studio Seminar - 2 Art Elective Interdisciplinary Restricted Elective


Frank DAstolfo earned an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and a graduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his teaching Professor DAstolfo maintains a design studio in New York City where he works in corporate design, publishing, and the nonprofit sector. He has won a number of awards from the AIGA, Art Directors Club of New York, Type Directors Club, American Corporate Identity, Art Directors Club of New Jersey, Graphic Design USA, Print and Graphis. He has exhibited internationally, and has won numerous grants and teaching awards including the Charles Pine Outstanding teacher of the Year Award and the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rutgers University.

Sandy Skoglund studied studio art and art history at Smith College and attended graduate school at the University of Iowa where she studied filmmaking, intaglio printmaking, and multimedia art, receiving her M.A. in 1971 and her M.F.A. in painting in 1972. Working in the early seventies as a conceptual artist in New York, Skoglund dealt with repetitive, process-oriented art production through the technique of mark-making and photocopying. In the late seventies Skoglunds desire to document conceptual ideas led her to teach herself photography. This developing interest in photographic technique became fused with her interest in popular culture and commercial picture making strategies. In 1980, Skoglund defined for herself a practice of creating and exhibiting installations accompanied by a photograph of them that incorporates performance with live models. Skoglund has continued to explore this personal working style and the artistic issues it encompasses to the present day. Skoglund has achieved a leading position in revolutionary photography. Many of her installations have been commissioned by museums and universities around the world and her work has been featured in some of the most prestigious exhibitions and publications on contemporary art.

Professor Sternberger received his Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University and joined the faculty of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Rutgers-Newark in 1997. His recent publications include Between Amateur and sthete: The Legitimization of Photography as Art in America, 1880-1900 (The University of New Mexico Press, 2001); "Reflections on/of Edward Westons Civilian Defense," American Art, January 2003; "Wealth Judiciously Expended: Robert Leighton Stuart as Collector and Patron," Journal of the History of Collections, Spring 2003. Professor Sternberger collaborated with Professor Drew on the book By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). Professor Sternberger teaches courses in his areas of specialty, American Art and the History of Photography, as well as the Development of Modern Art, Art Since 1945, Newark: A History of Art, Architecture, and Cultural Institutions, and the introductory Art History surveys.




Denyse Thomasos is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University-Newark where she teaches Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Professor Thomasos is an internationally recognized artist. She earned her MFA in 1989 from Yale University. She has won many prestigious national and international awards including a 1997 Guggenheim Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Award (Rockefeller Foundation, 2002) to travel through China, Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (1997), Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1995) and an American Academy in Rome/ Pew Travel Residency Award (1995). She has been awarded the international scholar and artist residency program at the Rockefeller Foundations Bellagio Center in Italy as well a recent artist residency at the internationally renowned, Bogliasco in Genoa, Italy. She has also attended the artist colonies Yaddo, MacDowell, Ucross and Fundacion Valapariso in Spain. Professor Thomasos is represented by the Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in New York City and the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto, Canada. In 2002 she exhibited at the Christine Konig Gallery, Vienna, Austria, an exhibition curated by David Hammons. Professor Thomasos work has been exhibited at many museums throughout North America and her exhibitions have been reviewed internationally in periodicals: Artforum, Art in America, Art News and Canadian Art.

Jun Li is an Assistant Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Rutgers University. She teaches various graphic design studio and experimental time-based media design courses with a focus on interactivity and information architecture. In addition, Professor Li runs an interdisciplinary design studio in New York City. The studio provides time-based design and information architecture services to corporations and academic institutions in Europe and the United States. Previously, she worked in Boston as an art director on projects for clients including Reuters, Neiman Marcus, GM, and Dell. She holds a M.F.A. in Design from Massachusetts College of Art. Her thesis project, "The ZHI Project" which explores both, the pedagogy of the Chinese writing system and methods of interactive learning, was awarded the Willy Guhl Prize in Media and Communication Design by The Design Centre (Switzerland).

Stephen Laub received an MA in Fine Art with a Chancellors Fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley. An artist who works in a variety of media, Professor Laub has created video art, performance, photography, and sculpture. His video work has been broadcast on PBS, European television, and exhibited internationally in galleries and museums. His performance art and sculpture have also been in national and international exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. Laub has received numerous fellowships, awards, and residencies including a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently he teaches sculpture, 3-D design, digital art, and critical studies.




Associate Professor Ned Drew teaches design and history courses in the Graphic Design Program. He is the director of The Design Consortium, a student/teacher design collaborative and studio. Professor Drew is co-editor of Design Education in Progress: Process and Methodology, Volumes 1, 2 and 3. His work has been recognized by several design institutions including the AIGA, the Type Directors Club, the University and Colleges Designer Association, and the American Association of Museums. His work has appeared in Print, Graphis, How, Creativity, Typography 21, Working with Computer Type 1, and the AIGA's\Rethinking Design 3: Speaking Volumes. Recently, his work has been included in the publication and traveling exhibition, USDesign 19752000. Professor Drew collaborated with Professor Sternberger on the book By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). Professor Drew received his MFA in Design and Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Robert Shoup holds a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and his MFA from Brooklyn College. He was an apprenticed with painter Philip Pearlstein and is a former assistant registrar of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Professor Shoup is an Assistant Instructor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department where he teaches Drawing, Design Fundamentals and 3-Design. He is the newly appointed assistant coordinator of the BFA program at Rutgers. Previously he has taught design at Brooklyn College and painting at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. His northeast regional landscapes depict autumnal and winter scenes and are painted en plein aire with gestural painterly surfaces. Professor Shoup's award winning paintings have been widely exhibited in galleries, museums and juried exhibitions in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Nick Kline is an Assistant Instructor at Rutgers University-Newark where he teaches a range of studio art courses including photography and drawing. Nicks teaches the introductory through advanced level photography courses, which include an experimental photographic processes class and a Photo Communication and Illustration course. Nicks photographs have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Hirschl Contemporary, London, The Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, the Allentown Art Museum, Pa. and Brooklyn, NY galleries; Momenta Art, Plus Ultra, and Smack Mellon. Nicks photographs have been published in various periodicals including Frankfurter Rundschau Magazine, Germany. Nicks work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out Magazine, The New Yorker and Lapiz Magazine. Nick earned an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and BFA in photography, from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.