Art Curiculum

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.



Area of Concentration Requirements

The following course sequence is to be fulfilled prior to the fifth term review. Students should demonstrate engagement in both the 2-D and 3-D disciplines as well as Art History. All course taken prior to the students fifth term conference must be satisfied at NCF. Courses must be taken in the following sequence:

Three Art Foundations Courses:

  • Drawing I
  • Painting I
  • Sculpture I

Three Intermediate Level Studio Art Courses:

  • Drawing II
  • Painting II
  • Sculpture II
  • Equivalent (with adviser approval)
  • Two Art History (one Art History course must address 20th or 21st century topics)

One Art ISP.

To be fulfilled following the fifth-term conference:
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.

Note: Following a satisfactory fifth-term review, up to two studio courses may be satisfied through the Cross College Alliance consortium with Ringling College of Art and Design with prior consent from New College Art Faculty. These courses require prior approval by the Art AOC and cannot replicate existing offerings at NCF.

Two Upper Level Studio Courses (in any discipline):
One Art History Course
Studio Art ISP
One Critical Theory Course (with adviser approval)
Senior Art Seminar (two semesters)
Thesis Tutorial (two semesters)
Thesis Requirements:
Studio Art Thesis Project/Exhibition
Written Thesis
Baccalaureate Exam
Portfolio of 20 images (cd)
Artist Statement
Professional Packet

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

Students may also complete a “slash” Art AOC. Requirements vary depending on whether Art is on the first or second side of the slash. If Art comes first it is considered a major and all the above course requirements are mandatory. If the Art is on the second side of the slash it is considered a minor with a reduction of requirements by:

    1. one Art History requirement,
    2. one Art ISP,
    3. one upper-level studio course, and
    4. thesis exhibition.

SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Art

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Drawing IISPSculpture I
Art HistoryLAC 3
Year 2Painting IArt ISPSculpture II
Art HIstoryPainting II
Drawing II or EquivalentLAC 7
Year 3Art HIstoryArt ISPUpper Level Studio or Tutorial
Critical TheoryElective course
Upper Level Studio or TutorialElective course
Year 4Senior Art SeminarSenior Art Seminar
Senior ThesisSenior Thesis
Bacc ExamBacc Exam
Elective courseElective course

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Art

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Drawing I (or apply transfer credit)Art ISP"ISP" Tutorial
Sculpture I (or apply transfer credit)Sculpture II
Art History (or apply transfer credit)Art History
Painting IUpper Level Elective or Tutorial
Critical Theory Course
Year 4Painting IIISP (if not taken as a tutorial during the third-year spring termUpper Level Elective or Tutorial
Art HistorySenior Art Seminar
Drawing II or EquivalentSenior Thesis
Senior Art Seminar
Art Thesis