Why Study Art at New College?

With its dual emphasis on both quality academic work and the arts, the New College Art Area of Concentration (AOC) provides a unique environment where students are encouraged to incorporate diverse perspectives from a variety of disciplines into their studio practices. Our Art AOC gives students the preparation needed to pursue a career within the arts as a professional artist, designer, educator, or arts administrator. Our students have gone on to study at nationally and internationally recognized top tier graduate programs in the arts.

Art area of concentration

With its dual emphasis on both quality academic work and the arts, the New College Art Area of Concentration (AOC) provides a unique environment where students are encouraged to incorporate diverse perspectives from a variety of disciplines into their studio practices. Our Art AOC gives students the preparation needed to pursue a career within the arts as a professional artist, designer, educator, or arts administrator. Our students have gone on to study at nationally and internationally recognized top tier graduate programs in the arts.

What You’ll Learn:

Courses address technical and conceptual aspects of art making through historical and contemporary perspectives so students may continue to cultivate these competencies independently in the future.

Classroom studios support a diverse range of media including wood, metal, digital, painting, drawing, and printmaking. Sculpture facilities include a foundry, woodworking area, and welding area. Painting and drawing studios provide ample space for large-scale projects in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. The printmaking studio accommodates intaglio, block printing, and screen-printing. A centralized exhibition space generates a forum for display and dialog.

Introductory courses provide a foundation that allows students to further develop aptitudes in content knowledge, critical thinking, communication skills, and technical processes of art making, enhancing both independent and advanced coursework.

Upper level studio courses, seminars and tutorials further technical and conceptual proficiency. Group and independent tutorials facilitate personal development, independent thinking, and increasingly self-disciplined studio habits.

Prior to the senior thesis semester, students submit a senior thesis proposal. With faculty approval, the proposal is formalized into a final studio/research senior thesis project.

Art student2019 Juried exhibition
recognizes works

More than 20 works of art by New College students are showcased in 2019’s Juried Art Exhibition at the Isermann Gallery in the Caples Fine Arts Complex. On Jan. 31, members of the campus community and the public attended the opening reception and awards presentation. Read more here.

Faculty

Careers of Art Graduates

Art Teacher
School District of Manatee County

Middle School Visual Arts Teacher
New York City Department of Education

Continuing Education Instructor
Artistic Literacy, Inc., Orange Park, Florida

User Experience Researcher
Google, Boulder, Colorado

Digital Interactive Designer
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

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Art Curriculum

A qualifying review and conference in the student's fifth term includes an AOC application form, a portfolio of 10 images (cd), and a 1-2 page statement of purpose.

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Undergraduate Program

New College of Florida offers more than 35 different majors in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of interdisciplinary concentrations.

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