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The Arts

   Art and Design: The art and design concentration provides and understanding of art as a humanistic discipline and concepts and skills leading to careers in art and design. Students may specialize in either fine arts, graphic design, or digital arts. The program consists of sixteen courses earning 48 credits: a required group of foundation courses, elective courses, and a senior thesis. The emphasis is worked out in consultation with an advisor and is intended to provide development of ideas and skills in a particular area. During the senior year, students in art and design produce a series of works that are shown in an exhibition at the Paul Robeson Gallery and that also form a portfolio for admission to graduate school or professional job entry.

   Art History: 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.

   Visual Arts: The Visual Arts major (with concentration in fine art, graphic art and digital art) is a professional degree program that provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to the visual arts. It offers practical, experimental, and theoretical course work and the technical skills necessary for careers in art and design, and 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. The program includes a required group of foundation courses, art history courses, critical studies courses, advanced studio courses in the concentration, art electives, portfolio, and senior thesis. During the senior year, students in art and design produce a series of works that are shown in an exhibition at the Paul Robeson Gallery and that also form a portfolio for admission to graduate school or professional job entry.

   Arts Management: The faculty of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, in conjunction with the members of the Faculty of Management, offer a sequence of eight courses as pre-professional training for a wide spectrum of not-for-profit arts management opportunities. The sequence provides students with the opportunity to acquire specific business skills that may be applied to a profession in the arts. For practical experience, a wide variety of internships are available.

Departmental Website:
http://vpa.newark.rutgers.edu/


   Please click on the tabs below to see a list of sample occupations possible with an Arts degree and a list employers who have hired Rutgers-Newark students with a degree in The Arts.

  • Sample Occupations
  • Employers who have Hired R-N Graduates

Sample Occupations

  • Graphic Designer
  • Children's Book Illustrator
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • CD/Record Cover Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Corporate Designer
  • Magazine Designer
  • Book Designer
  • TV Graphic Designer
  • Letterer
  • Desktop Publishing Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Printing Crafts-worker
  • Photographer
  • Billboard Artist
  • Greeting Card Designer
  • Sales Representative
  • Animator
  • Comic Strip Artist
  • Flatware Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Audio-Visual Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Art Agent
  • Decorator (Pottery, Mannequins)
  • Textile Designer
  • Printing Store Manager/Owner
  • CAD Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Picture Frame Designer
  • Parade Float Maker

Employers Who Have Hired R-N Graduates

  • Aljira, Inc.
  • Fortune Magazine
  • J. Crew
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Narciso's Printing
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Prudential Insurance
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