Fine Arts, Design, Art History

Internships & Experiential Learning

Art Scholarships for Freshmen and Transfer Students

Fine Arts Grants-in-Aid

$20,000 awarded annually to one or more fine arts majors in recognition of demonstrated ability as well as academic achievement and financial need. This award requires active participation in a program stipulated by the Fine Arts Department. The award is renewable upon the recommendation of the Department Chairman if the student also maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and continues to demonstrate financial need.


  1. Students must meet the regular college entrance requirements.
  2. Students must submit an art portfolio to the Art Department,
  3. Make an appointment for your portfolio review by calling the Fine Arts Department, (516) 463-5474.

Portfolio Requirements

A minimum of 10 works is required. Artworks should be selected from at least three of the following areas: painting, drawing, graphics, photography, design, new media, commercial art, sculpture, ceramics and crafts. Slides or CD of three-dimensional work are acceptable.

Judging of the Portfolio

Art faculty will review the portfolios. Portfolios will be judged on quality, originality, creativity, technical competence and presentation.

For further information, you may contact:
Admissions: (516) 463-6700
Financial Aid Office: (516) 463-6680
Fine Arts Department: (516) 463-5474

Examples of internship opportunities:

  • Bravo Network
  • Knitting Factory
  • MTV
  • New York City Urban Project
  • Seventeen magazine
  • Time Out New York magazine
  • New York City Urban Project
  • Art Galleries
  • Graphic Design/Web Design Agencies
  • Jewelry and Handbag Designers
  • Long Island and New York City schools
  • Magazine Art Departments
  • Museums
  • Party Planners/Designers
  • Photography Studios
  • Record Labels
  • Television and Cable Networks

How to Obtain an Internship

Art History majors may register for AH 168, an internship course offered in the fall and spring, which requires students to work two days a week in a leading auction house, museum or gallery and write a research paper. Students must work through a faculty adviser and The Hofstra Center for Career Design and Development to have their internship approved for credit before starting.

Fine Arts, Design majors may take internships in art or design for credit by registering for FA 106, Special Projects. Many fine arts student take advantage of Hofstra's proximity to New York City by applying for internships at renowned museums, galleries, broadcasting outlets, magazines and publishing houses, and record labels. Faculty members within the Department of Fine Arts, Design and Art History maintain strong connections to the professional world and are able to help students network with art professionals. Those connections may sometimes lead to internship and career opportunities. As with the Art History internship course, any internship taken for credit must have departmental approval and the guidance of a faculty adviser to make sure the student receives proper academic credit.

As a first step, students are encouraged to contact their faculty adviser, their professors and the HCLAS liaison Sabeen Sheikh at The Hofstra Center for Career Design and Development.

On-Campus Opportunities

The FORM gallery, located in Calkins Hall – the home of the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History – is an on-campus space that regularly hosts student exhibitions.  Students are in charge of creating, planning, installing and promoting the exhibits. Additionally, the Department hosts the annual, juried Spring Student Art Show, highlighting student work from ceramics, graphic design, new media, industrial design, photography, painting, sculpting and illustration.