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Program Description

See this page. Think you could make it look better? If so, you belong in our Visual Arts program.

Centenary University’s Visual Arts program combines hands-on training in art and graphic design with a well-round curriculum of liberal arts courses. We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Visual Arts with a choice of concentrations in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Studio Arts

Both concentrations provide in-depth, career-focused studies in fine and applied arts in areas such as painting, printmaking, illustration, computer graphics, photography and museum/gallery practices. Whether you choose to go on to graduate school or start your career, you will graduate with the communication, academic and business skills you need to succeed.

A Destination for Artists

Roughly an hour from New York and Philadelphia, Centenary provides art students with frequent opportunities to visit museums, galleries and professional societies. These opportunities benefit both Studio Arts and Graphic Design students, as both curriculums include traditional fine arts courses in topics including drawing, painting and art history.

Meanwhile, our location also opens up a world of graphic design internship opportunities, which in the past have included options such as CNBC television, The (Morristown, N.J.) Daily Record newspaper, and Kate Spade of New York. Similarly, our art students have gained admission to prestigious, highly selective Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) programs including Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design in New York.

Show Us What You’ve Got

If you are seeking admission as freshmen or transfer, you must submit a portfolio of your work that demonstrates skills in drawing, color and design. Ideally, the art portfolio should include between one to 20 pieces of original, quality artwork. You may submit a digital portfolio of your work or choose to present your portfolio during a personal interview with an art department faculty member.

Why not make your resume pop and your skills soar with a Minor in Social Media Marketing?

Centenary’s unique Social Media Marketing minor is the perfect addition to Visual Arts; giving you cutting edge skills and setting you up for tomorrow's job opportunities.

The minor includes 4 Courses that fit within the free electives section — no extra credits or time:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Advertising
  • Digital Analytics
  • Social Media Marketing

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Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC 1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I | (4)
  • WRI1001/1002 | Composition and Rhetoric I or Composition and Rhetoric II | (4)
  • VAR 1000 | Introduction to Computer Graphics | (4)
  • VAR 1005 | Drawing I | (4)
  • WRI1002/2012 | Composition and Rhetoric II or Advanced Composition | (4)
  • VAR 1003 | Design and Color Fundamentals | (4)
  • VAR 2001 | History of Art (CAT III Core: Fine Arts) | (4)
  • VAR 2016 | Graphic Design I | (4)
  • CAT II | Mathematics | (4)
  • VAR 2007 | History of Graphic Design | (4)
  • VAR 2008 | Typography | (4)
  • VAR2002 | History of Modern Art | (4)
  • CAT V | Lab Science | (4)
  • VAR 1004 | Three-Dimensional Design | (4)
  • VAR 1006 | Drawing II | (4)
  • VAR 2017 | Graphic Design II | (4)
  • CAT IV | Social and Behavioral Sciences | (4)
  • VAR 2015 | Through the Camera Lens: Design and Reportage | (4)
  • VAR 3007 | Computer Animation for Multi-Media and Video | (4)
  • VAR 3005 | Web Design I | (4)
  • VAR 4001 | Design Communication | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • VAR 3002 | Digital Illustration | (4)
  • VAR3006 | Web Design II | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • CAT VI | Global Citizenship | (4)
  • CAT VI | Democratic Citizenship | (4)
  • VAR 4007 | Senior Project in the Visual Arts I: Graphic Design | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Humanities | (4)
  • VAR 4008 | Senior Project in the Visual Arts II: Graphic Design | (4)


1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.

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Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.