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Studio Art

Stern College for Women's Studio Art program prides itself on its high-level professional courses and nurturing atmosphere that empower students to find their individual art voices.

Our courses will give you the training you need to go into various art professions including but not limited to graphic design, art therapy, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and architecture.

The student develops a shaped major or minor based upon her particular art interest. Students may also take some courses at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

For more information, contact Professor Traci Tullius at

Mission Statement

The mission of the Studio Art program is to provide our student artists with the conceptual and technical tools necessary to pursue and be competitive in a diverse array of careers within the realm of visual art including but not limited to graphic design, art therapy, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and architecture.

Program Goals

  1. Studio Art majors will be able to apply visual communication skills and techniques appropriately to their specific area of emphasis.
  2. Studio Art majors will be able to express visual literacy and competency in the principles of drawing and design.
  3. Studio Art majors will be able to evaluate both their own work and the work of others using the language of art.
  4. Studio Art majors will be able to demonstrate personal visual style and artistic voice.

Program Information

Please see the Schedule of Classes for the current semester’s offerings.

Art (ARTS)

  • 2001 The Studio Experience 3 credits
    Introduction to several different art media and approaches, for the beginning art student. Drawing, painting, and sculpture projects dealing with various degrees of realism and abstraction. For non-majors only. 
  • 2201 Principles of Design 3 credits
    Elements and principles of two-dimensional visual expression, such as line, space, color, and shape, with emphasis on compositional movement. Studio projects, weekly sketchbook assignments and written art reviews. Foundations level course to be taken early in the Studio Art sequence. 
  • 2205 Color 3 credits
    Introduction to the study of color and the role it plays in design and art. Fundamental concepts such as color interaction, expressive color, color physics, spectral color and surface color will be explored through a series of hands-on projects in a variety of media including acrylic painting.
  • 2286 Watercolor 3 credits
    Instruction in the practice of watercolor painting methods and materials with projects including still life, portrait, landscape and non-objective formats. Basic techniques covered include wash, wet into dry, wet into wet, masking, glazing and others. No prerequisite, but drawing and/or painting experience is helpful. 
  • 2301 Principles of Drawing 3 credits
    Introduction to basic drawing skills via study of the still life. Fundamental drawing concepts including: Perspective, effective use of line, mass and value are explored through diverse graphic media. Foundations level course to be taken early in the Studio Art sequence. 
  • 2303 Intermediate Drawing 3 credits
    Extension and application of basic skills acquired in ARTS 2301. Continued exploration of drawing as an expressive medium through traditional and non-traditional formats and a variety of media. Projects include still life, live model, portrait and drawing from imagination.Prerequisite: ARTS 2301 or equivalent. 
  • 2304 Advanced Drawing 3 credits
    Extension and application of skills acquired in ARTS 2303 or equivalent. Cultivation of drawing disciplines, encouragement of original thinking, and development of individual style. This course may be taken a second time for credit. Prerequisite: ARTS 2303 or equivalent. 
  • 2306 Drawing on New York 3 credits
    An offsite drawing course that uses such sites as Bryant Park, the East River, and alternative interior sites as subjects for drawings in a variety of media. Prerequisite: ARTS 2301
  • 2307 Illustration 3 credits
    Working in a variety of media from both observation and imagination, students will gain experience communicating ideas and content through the use of illustration. Projects include: Graphic novel, children’s book, editorial, comic strip among others. Prerequisite: ARTS 2301 or equivalent. 
  • 2310 Mural Painting 3 credits
    Instruction in design, development and practice of Faux and Decorative finishing techniques with an introduction to the use of these techniques in Tromp l'oeil and Mural painting.Prerequisite: ARTS 2511 or permission of instructor
  • 2511 Beginning Painting 3 credits
    Introduction of basic acrylic painting techniques. Fundamental concepts and skills including color mixing, use of tools and media, rendering form, spatial relationships and composition will be covered through a variety of projects, primarily from the still life. Foundations level course to be taken early in the Studio Art sequence. 
  • 2513 Intermediate Painting 3 credits
    Introduction of oil painting techniques through hands-on projects. An opportunity for students to develop their visual voice. Prerequisite: ARTS 2001 or ARTS 2511. 
  • 2515, 2516 Advanced Painting I, II 3 credits
    Extended study of painting as an expressive medium with a focus on formal and conceptual development. Use of oil, acrylic, and mixed media. Intended for the mature exploratory painter. Prerequisite: ARTS 2513. 
  • 2700 Three-Dimensional Design 3 credits
    A study in the fundamentals of Three Dimensional composition as used by architects, artists, and designers to successfully create products, objects, spaces and experiences. Introduction of basic three-dimensional processes and materials and development of the students’ ability to analyze form and space relationships as well as the various intersections of structure, form, and meaning. 
  • 2701 Sculpture 3 credits
    Concepts of modern sculpture explored through specific hands-on projects including: Carving, modeling, casting, and assemblage. 
  • 2703 Model Making 3 credits
    This course focuses on model making and its implementation as a three-dimensional communication tool in application to various design disciplines. Starting with scale drawing as a foundation, and with an emphasis on materials and techniques, the entire design and construction process will be explored from sketch models through finished color renditions. Prerequisite: ARTS 2700
  • 2831 Creativity and Innovation 3 credits
    Series of open-ended two and three-dimensional projects utilizing new materials and encouraging innovation, experimentation, and creativity. 
  • 2901 Printmaking 3 credits
    Introduction to a variety of printmaking techniques including: Linocut, lithograph and silkscreen. 
  • 2902 Advanced Printmaking 3 credits
    Advanced projects in printmaking; exploration of additional media and techniques.Prerequisite: ARTS 2901. 
  • 3009 Introduction to Computer Design 3 credits
    Students acquire a basic proficiency in the software programs essential to graphic design and visual communication: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. This course is the prerequisite for several intermediate level design courses and should be taken early in the Studio Art sequence. 
  • 3012 Digital Photography 3 credits
    An introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography. Basic camera operation, editing images, lighting and composition will be covered. Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and other software are utilized to explore possibilities for image correction, manipulation and output. 
  • 3013 Intermediate Design 3 credits
    Extensive study of graphic design principles with a concentration on research, process and experimentation. Focusing on visual communication, students will familiarize themselves with the graphic design process through a range of projects for both print-based media and the screen. Emphasis on applying the appropriate software and tools to more complex and comprehensive design challenges. Prerequisites: ARTS 2201, 3009. 
  • 3014 Typography 3 credits
    Introduction to the fundamentals of typography: Typographic terms and technologies, compositions and systems. Projects utilize hand-made studio processes as well as computer technology. Focus on typography as an expressive medium that can create and support content through a variety of projects. Prerequisites: ARTS 2201, 3009. 
  • 3018 Exhibition Design 3 credits
    Study of the process and elements involved in exhibition design. Students will collaborate on the design of the annual Stern Senior Art Exhibition while relevant issues such as exhibition identity, environmental graphics, promotional materials and space planning are discussed. Intended for students interested in graphic design, interior design, architecture or museum studies. ARTS 2201 and ARTS 3014 recommended. 
  • 3020 Introduction to Video 3 credits
    Introduction to the fundamental techniques and processes of digital video production. Students take projects from concept to completion while learning basics in digital videography, editing and output. Projects include: Narrative short, music video and documentary. 
  • 3021 Advanced Video 3 credits
    This course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in ARTS 3020. Advanced editing techniques, image manipulation tools, compositing, motion graphics and media management are covered. Students create both collaborative and independent video projects.Prerequisite: ARTS 3020. 
  • 3022 Stop-Motion Animation 3 credits
    An in-depth study of stop-motion animation and claymation studio methods. An overview of the history of animation will be combined with hands-on projects, story boarding, character development and set/scene design. Students will create their own animations using a variety of stop-motion techniques. 
  • 3025 Intermediate Photography 3 credits
    This course builds on the fundamentals acquired in Digital Photography and guides students to an advanced, working understanding of the medium. Students will become well versed in numerous technical approaches to image making (film, studio lighting, post production, fine art printing); hone their analytical skills through lectures, research and gallery visits; as well as learn about the realities of being a professional photographer.Prerequisite: ARTS 3012 
  • 3026 Advanced Photography 3 credits
    Extended study of the photographic medium focusing on advanced practices and concepts as well as portfolio development. Prerequisite: ARTS 3025 
  • 3045 Advanced Design 3 credits
    Concentration on sophisticated creative strategies and the advancement of personal style through a progression of rigorous and complex design projects. Intended to equip students to enter professional practice in graphic design, portfolio development will be emphasized. ARTS 3021 recommended. Prerequisites: ARTS 3013, 3014 
  • 3830 Methods and Media 3 credits
    Examination of traditional techniques of drawing and painting from a historical perspective while exploring contemporary applications. Covers two-dimensional media including: Silver-point, gold leaf, egg tempera, fresco, and encaustic. 
  • 3842 Art Therapy 3 credits
    Students will be introduced to the main theoretical approaches of art therapy. They will explore the therapeutic use of art materials and the context in which they are used. The class will consist of readings, lectures, discussions, art experientials and 2 site visits. 
  • 3965-3970 Topics in Studio Art 3 credits
  • 4901, 4902 Independent Study
    See Academic Information and Policies section. 
  • 4932 Art and Experience in Medici Florence 3 credits
    Covers the art and history of Florence— the center of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century—as well as the role of the Jews and their contribution to Italian culture, through visits to Florence museums and monuments. Prerequisite: ARTS 1050 or ARTS 1052. Recommended: ARTS 1302.
  • 4974 Pre Senior Project 0 credit
    Students will conceptualize and prepare for the execution of their senior project, including project proposal approval by the Chair.  Prerequisite for continuing on to Senior Project, 4975.  
  • 4975 Senior Project 1 credit
    Mandatory exit project in which the student creates a culminating portfolio piece in her area of specialization. Required for studio art majors.

Studio Art Major and Minor

A major (or minor) must meet with Professor Traci Tullius early on to discuss her course of study and to complete an official Shaped Major form. This form should be submitted to an academic advisor for review and signature.

Studio Art Shaped Minor

Total Credits: 40-41

Required courses: ARTS 1051, ARTS 1052, a three-credit advanced art history course, ARTS 2201, ARTS 2301, ARTS 2511, ARTS 4975, a minimum of 12 credits from Stern College studio art elective courses, plus 9-10 credits at Stern College or FIT.

Studio Art Minor

Total Credits: 15

Required course: One of ARTS 1050, ARTS 1051, or ARTS 1052; plus four courses in studio art.

View major/minor fact sheets at the Academic Advisement Center webpage.

The following list includes faculty who teach at the Beren (B) and/or Wilf (W)

  • Carla Aurich
    Adjunct Instructor of Art (W)
  • Mary Creede
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Art (B)
  • Ramon Gil
    Adjunct Instructor of Art (W)
  • Paul Glassman
    Adjunct Instructor of Architectural History and Design (W) 
    Advisor for Architecture Minor
  • John Kriskiewicz
    Adjunct Instructor of Art History (B)
  • Emily Singer
    Adjunct Instructor of Art (B)
  • Traci Tullius
    Associate Professor of Art (B)
    Chair, Studio Art
  • Jacob Wisse
    Associate Professor of Art History (B) 
  • Marnin Young
    Associate Professor of Art History (B)
    Chair, Art History


SCW/FIT Cooperative Program FAQ

As a part of the Shaped Studio Art major, students have the opportunity to take specialized courses in their areas of emphasis, or to explore course work not currently offered at SCW, at the Fashion Institute of Technology (familiarly known as FIT). Majors may take up to 10 credits, and minors may take up to 5; before registering for courses at FIT, students work with their department advisors to choose and request approval of courses. The option to study at FIT while at SCW allows students to focus their Studio Art curriculum in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Animation, among many other areas of specialization. FIT courses are meant to supplement and expand upon your core art and design coursework at SCW, and facilitate the building of portfolios appropriate for specific post-graduation goals, in preparation for either graduate study or entering the job market.

Students may begin coursework at FIT after they have completed their Studio Art Foundations courses at SCW (Drawing, Painting, Design) or after 2 semesters as a Studio Art major/minor. Students who need to begin FIT courses earlier (due to transfer status, number of prerequisites or other concerns) may do so with permission. Experience with college-level studio art courses, foundational knowledge and skills, and time to clarify your direction of study, will prepare you to make the most of your FIT experience.

All FIT courses must be approved in advance by the Studio Art Department Chair, Traci Tullius; courses in fine art and design that will enhance the student’s area of concentration and are not regularly offered at SCW, are encouraged. Most evening classes are available to Stern students, other courses offered only for full time FIT students can be taken with permission of the appropriate FIT department chair. There are recommended FIT courses for areas of specialization such as Interior Design/Architecture, Fashion and Graphic Design, among others, that can be found on the Studio Art Major Fact Sheet; SCW faculty are also available to recommend specific courses.

Studio Art majors can take up to 10 credits; minors 5 credits. FIT courses are typically 1.5 credits.

If taking FIT courses, you will not need to take twice as many classes to meet the requirements for the major. Although FIT courses are generally 1.5 credits, and will transfer as such, the contact hours and workload are the equivalent of an SCW 3 credit course (FIT classes meet once weekly for 3 hours). If a student participated in the Cooperative program, total number of courses, rather than total credits, will be assessed when approving a student’s requirements for the major.

There is no portfolio requirement to participate in SCW’s joint program with FIT; students must be Studio Art majors or minors and have their course selections approved in advance. If students wish to take courses restricted to full time FIT students, special permission from the appropriate FIT department chair is required.

Students should access the form “Authorization to Register for Fashion Institute of Technology Cooperative Program” and review the accompanying “Registration Guidelines for FIT.” The form and the guidelines are also available in the Office of the Registrar.

Credits taken through the FIT Cooperative Program are transferred automatically from FIT to the Beren registrar for posting on your YU transcript.

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