The talents and skills of artists touch our lives in countless ways every day. They are the creative geniuses behind the video games we play, the fashion styles we wear, the cars we drive, and the cities in which we live. They entertain, educate, and heal, lift businesses and communities, and inspire social change—and their signatures are everywhere around us. The contributions of artists give meaning to our world and make it a more beautiful place.
Ignite your creativity with a bachelor’s degree in visual art from St. Thomas Aquinas College and prepare for a successful career, no matter what artistic profession you pursue. Our expert faculty will guide you in becoming an innovative thinker and nurture your skills in both traditional and digital media practices. Discover your potential and share your talents with the community in hands-on learning opportunities from our popular interdisciplinary courses to internships, nonprofit design projects, and social-impact art.
At a glance
- Undergraduate major & minor
- 4 years
- Main campus
- Art Therapy
- Communication Arts
- Graphic Design
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Ignite Your Career With Experiential Learning
Visual art students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in interdisciplinary, project-focused courses, such as Art Direction and Studio Friday, where you will create branding, murals, events, and other projects for clients in the campus community. Build your résumé through a wide range of internships at museums, art galleries, and design firms based locally and in the New York City metropolitan area.
Career Preparation & Mentoring
Small classes make a big difference to student-artists at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Develop strong relationships with our faculty as well as other students throughout college and beyond. Learn from artists-in-residence who exhibit internationally and network with our esteemed advisory board whose members inform our curriculum. Through independent study and undergraduate research projects, we will personally mentor you in refining your craft and developing an exceptional portfolio of work so you’re fully prepared for success in graduate school and in your career of choice.
Collaborate with marketing majors to develop, design, and market a unique product or service, integrating sustainable design concepts that are mindful of people and planet.
Learn the publication process from start to finish by working with creative writing students on Voyager, the College’s Literary Magazine. Develop concepts, creative work plans, and design layouts and execute your ideas using the latest tools of the trade, including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
Art is a powerful tool that raises awareness, inspires communities, and drives change. This class explores social theories and artistic strategies that fuel social movements, from public sculpture, to interactive media, to urban street performance.
What Success Looks Like
A degree in visual art can prepare you for advanced study and many careers. Visual art graduates from St. Thomas Aquinas College work in these roles and fields, and more:
- Art Galleries
- Graphic Design
- Art Therapy
- Community Programming
- Film & Television
Our visual art students intern and find full-time employment at many organizations locally and in New York City, including:
- Bazan Lab
- Big Color Digital
- LS Direct
- Nanuet School District
- Rivkin Radler LLP