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Yeshiva College offers courses in studio arts (drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture), art history, architectural history, and architectural theory and design.

Courses in studio arts explore practical, structural, and creative ideas in visual media.

Courses in art history and architectural history study the visual arts in their historical context. Students examine each work not only for its intrinsic aesthetic appeal, but also for a perspective into artistic schools and movements, artist careers, and larger social and cultural issues within intellectual history.

For questions or further information about the Art Department at Yeshiva College, please contact Professor Daniel Beliavsky at or 212-960-5400 ext. 4437.

Program Information

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

  • ART 1051A, 1052A History of Art
    2 credits

    Either 1051A or 1052A fulfills the general humanities requirement in art or music. Introduction to the history of art and architecture of the West. First semester: ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome; the early medieval world; the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Second semester: Renaissance through 19th century, with emphasis on style and expression in the work of selected artists. Background in art not required.
  • ART 1621 America as the Promised Land: 19th-Century Landscape Painting in the U.S.
    3 credits

    The development of American landscape painting from 1800 through 1900, especially in New York State and New England. Covers the work of painters of the Hudson River School in the artistic, intellectual, and literary context of American Romanticism and the idea of America as the Promised Land. Makes use of local museum collections at the New York Historical Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • ART 1630 American Architecture
    3 credits
    Introductory course that compares buildings from various eras and cultures and examines their systems. Covers early colonial settlements to postmodern practices, resulting in a basis for an architectural vocabulary and a greater consciousness of the built environment in the United States.
  • ART 1631, 1632 Architectural Design
    3 credits

    Introduction to design. Studio exercises in spatial perception and abstract visualization of form, and projects involving drawings and models. Concepts studied include principles of site planning, use of materials, and elementary architectural drafting techniques.
  • ART 1633 The Language of Architecture
    3 credits

    Introduction to theories of architecture. Discussion of key texts in architecture, methods of perceiving the tactile and sensual qualities of built environments, and a survey of the history of architecture, with emphasis on the modern.
  • ART 1635 Evolution of the Skyscraper
    3 credits

    The great tall buildings of American cities from the 19th to 21st centuries, and concepts and styles of urban design and structural engineering within social and cultural contexts; field studies.
  • ART 1650 Architecture of the Synagogue
    3 credits

    The history of great synagogal architecture, with emphasis on the synagogues of New York City; field studies.
  • ART 2201A Color and Design
    2 credits

    Elements and principles of visual expression such as line, space, color, and shape, with emphasis on compositional movement. Weekly projects. For beginning and intermediate students.
  • ART 2202 Advanced Design
    3 credits

    Advanced exploration of two- and three-dimensional design principles. Course structure is similar to Color and Design.
    Prerequisite: ART 2201A.
  • ART 2301A Principles of Drawing
    2 credits

    Introduction to the materials, skills, and techniques of drawing. The nature and varieties of graphic techniques; drawing disciplines such as perspective, modeling, and foreshortening; exploration of the imaginative and expressive nature of drawing. Projects. For beginning and intermediate students.
  • ART 2302 Advanced Drawing
    3 credits

    Advanced exploration of graphic techniques and the drawing discipline. Course structure is similar to Principles of Drawing. This course may be repeated (for a total of four times) for credit.
    Prerequisite: ART 2301A.
  • ART 2302A Drawing the Head
    2 credits

    Prerequisite: ART 2301A.
  • ART 2511 Beginning Painting
    2 credits

    Introduction to painting with oils.
  • ART 2513 Intermediate Painting
    2 credits

    Intermediate-level problems in color, shape, and space relationships through studio projects with oil paint. Museum trips when possible.
  • ART 2515, 2516 Advanced Painting
    3 credits

    Advanced projects in studio art, with increased range of personal choice and expression in classroom assignments. Covers technical, formal, and conceptual issues.
  • ART 2701A, 2702A Sculpture I, II
    2 credits

    Concepts of modern sculpture explored through specific hands-on projects involving carving, modeling, constructing, and assembly in mixed media and clay.
  • ART 2711A Collage
    2 credits

    Concepts of assemblage in mixed media using preexisting or found objects, multiple images and photocopies, and traditional and nontraditional art materials.
  • ART 2901A Printmaking
    2 credits

    Basic techniques of relief and intaglio processes that encourage students to realize visual concepts in printed form.
  • ART 4901 Independent Study
    4911 Guided Project

    Meet with the Yeshiva College academic dean and art adviser.
  • ART 4931 Art in New York
    3 credits

    Concepts and techniques of the curator. Approximately two of every three course meetings are held off campus at local museums and art galleries to view and study special exhibits. Term project: curate a portfolio of works that represents an exhibition based on an original theme.

Architecture Minor Requirements

Total Credits: 17/18

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • ART 1633, Language of Architecture, 3 Credits
  • ART 1831, Architectural Design Process, 3 Credits
  • ART 1832, Architectural Design Studio, 3 Credits

Choose Three of the Following Electives (8 or 9 credits)

  • ART 1630, American Architecture, 3 Credits
  • ART 1635, Evolution of the Skyscraper, 3 Credits
  • ART 1650, Architecture of the Synagogue, 3 Credits
  • ART/ INTC 1019, Modernist Impulse in Art & Architecture OR
    ART/ COWC 1660, Cultures of Modern Architecture, 3 Credits
  • Course in studio art (consult with Architecture Advisor), 2 Credits
  • Course in a related field (consult with Architecture Advisor), 3 Credits

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

  • Carla Aurich
    Adjunct Instructor in Art (W)
  • Daniel Beliavsky
    Visiting Associate Professor (W)
    Co-Chair, Department of Fine Arts and Music 
  • Mary Creede
    Instructor in Art (B)
  • Paul Glassman
    Adjunct Instructor in Architectural History and Design (W) 
    Advisor for Architecture Minor
  • John Kriskiewicz
    Adjunct Instructor in Art History (B)
  • Traci Tullius
    Associate Professor of Art (B)
  • Jacob Wisse
    Associate Professor of Art History (B) 
    Director, Yeshiva University Museum
  • Marnin Young
    Associate Professor of Art History (B)

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Graduate Study

  • Skowhegan  An intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists.
  • Vermont Studio Center  The largest artists' and writers' residency program in the United States.
  • Cooper-Hewitt Nation Design Museum  MA program in the history of design and curatorial studies.
  • School of Visual Arts  Graduate programs in art education, computer art, art therapy, and more.
  • NYU  Graduate programs in art education, art therapy, and studio art.


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