Department of Performing and Creative Arts
The Art Program
Assistant Professor Miguel A. Aragón, Studio Art Program Coordinator
The Art Program is designed with a flexibility that accommodates students interested in focusing on studio art, photography, or art history. The Department's outstanding faculty of art historians and artists is committed to preparing students wishing to embark on diverse career paths including: professional artists, critics, scholars, and educators. We aim to equip all our students with the skills to excel in the professional art world in all its manifestations. We strive to offer the rigorous training and compassionate mentorship that will enable students to leave CSI as culturally literate adults, imbued with the sense of imagination, wonderment, exploration, and deep engagement that is at the heart of all artistic endeavors.
The Art Program provides at its core the creation of a nurturing environment where the students of the College of Staten Island/City University of New York (CUNY) can learn the profound value of the arts in the contemporary world. We offer a major and minor in Art, and a minor in Art History with classes that range from creative, personal practice to art historical and critical analysis. Students wishing to major in Art may opt for a Bachelor of Art (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): Studio Art Concentration degree.
The Studio Art curriculum encourages students to objectively critique, articulate content and vision in the visual arts. Through ongoing studio discourse, Studio Art majors and minors build an awareness of the conceptual underpinnings of their visual art practice in relation to the contemporary world and to historical precedent. Students develop skills and establish proficiency in a range of media, providing the foundation to concentrate in one discipline: drawing, printmaking, painting or sculpture. For students seeking a graduate degree in Studio Art, our faculty mentor students through ongoing advisement, independent study, and portfolio preparation.
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