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Fine Arts and Art History


When you have something to say, is your first instinct to pick up a paintbrush, a chisel, or a camera? Is your favorite way to spend a day wandering through a museum, imagining the history and culture in which an artist lived, and how it shaped their work?

More than ever, as expanding types of media push the boundaries and definitions of art, the world is a canvas that reflects, influences, and educates – from museums and municipal buildings to subway platforms and city streets, computer games, and corporate offices.

Pursuing a degree in fine arts or art history at Hofstra means you'll learn in diverse, high-tech studio and lab facilities with professors who will help you explore new mediums, discover your artistic voice, and develop the aesthetic fluency to interpret and understand broad historical and social themes in the visual forms.

Our professors continue to be active in the art scene – showing in New York City, across the United States and internationally – and their work is included in the permanent collections of institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Center Pompidou in Paris.

And there's nothing like studying art so close to New York City, the largest art market in the world and one of the most powerful and connected places to train and work in the arts.

Just walking the streets is enough to spark creative inspiration, from the Graffiti Hall of Fame Wall in East Harlem to the art installations along The High Line. Not to mention you're also less than an hour by train from the city's thousands of world-class museums, established and emerging galleries, artist studios, arts foundations and education programs, art technology companies, and auction houses.

You'll find creative outlets on campus as well. Hofstra's FORM Gallery is a student-run gallery that hosts exhibitions throughout the year. The Rosenberg Gallery brings in exhibits by guest artists who meet with students to talk about their craft and the business of the art world.

And the Hofstra University Museum of Art, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, has a permanent collection of 5,000 works in varied media dating from the ancient to the contemporary, and it plans a calendar of diverse exhibitions and programming every year.

You'll also benefit from collaborations with other disciplines, such as history, English, biology, drama, psychology, religion, business, and computer science. This cross-pollination is the jewel of our program, and the reason why our students graduate ready for advanced studies or careers in a variety of industries.


Hofstra offers a comprehensive curriculum in art history, studio art, and design, with three different degrees in fine arts and art history.

BA in Fine Arts: This degree is for students who may be interested in a double major in areas such as education, marketing, computer science, or film. Students have the option of a general fine arts degree, or a specialization in design, painting, or sculpture-industrial design.

BS in Fine Arts: This is a more intensive program, with more required coursework in fine arts and art history than the BA degree. In addition, students must select a specialization.

BA in Art History:  This degree offers classes in the study of art and architecture, from cave paintings to new media installations. Students learn about medieval art and works of the Italian Renaissance, the Romantic, Baroque, and Gothic Ages. They learn about artistic movements and how the study of art highlights issues related to politics, culture, and religion.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Undergraduate Bulletin.

BA in Fine Arts Requirements BS in Fine Arts Requirements BA in Art History Requirements

A wide variety of electives also are available, with classes like metalsmithing, motion graphics for digital media, design for smartphones and iPads, social media design, furniture design, packaging and branding design, documentary photography, and alternative photographic processes.

We also offer a major in Fine Arts Education, as well as several fine arts minors including:

In addition, we offer two interdisciplinary minors, Business and Design, offered in conjunction with the Zarb School of Business, and Computer Applications and Digital Media Design, offered with the Department of Computer Science.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

A degree in fine arts or art history is great preparation for careers in many industries, including publishing, film, television, fashion, advertising, marketing, and auction houses. Our students are working fine artists, furniture makers, jewelry designers, graphic and web designers, illustrators, animators, and photographers. They are also educators and museum and gallery administrators.

Our recent graduates are working at the following places, among others:

  • Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  • Dover Saddlery
  • GONG Inc.
  • Surroundings Furniture & Interior Design
  • The Creative Group

Our recent alumni have also gone on to advanced degree programs at institutions such as:

  • Adelphi University
  • American Public University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY Queens College
  • Drexel University
  • Georgia State University
  • Hebrew College
  • Hofstra University
  • Kent State University
  • Kingston University
  • Lehman College
  • Lesley University
  • Long Island University
  • Naropa University
  • The New School
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rutgers University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • SUNY Farmingdale State College
  • Texas State University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Wayne State University
  • William & Mary
  • Yeshiva University


92% are employed, grad school or both
80% accept a position within six months
$48K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation


Student in Class

Calkins Hall is home to our fine arts and art history programs. Recently renovated facilities include:

  • A state-of-the-art computer lab staffed by a full-time technician
  • Fully equipped wood, metal, and welding shops, as well as carving and plaster studios
  • A ceramics studio – one of the most popular areas in the department – that is an impressive light, airy, and well-equipped space
  • Painting, drawing, sculpture and new media, graphic design, and industrial design studios
  • A professional-level photography studio where students take a full spectrum of photography courses and engage in traditional darkroom processes and the latest digital technologies
  • Two 3D printers
  • A CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine that uses computers to control the movement of equipment


Students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships. These can often lead to important networking contacts and job opportunities. That’s why in a recent survey, approximately 60% of our students completed internships at organizations such as Chain Theatre, Chloe Wise Studio, Gagosian Gallery, Google Maps, GreenGale Publishing, Hearst Corporation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NBC Network, and Pierogi Gallery.

Top Internships

  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Golden Echo
  • GreenGale Publishing
  • Hofstra University
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • Newsday
  • Pear the Agency
  • Providence Performing Arts Center
  • Publishers Clearing House
  • Tealix Design


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This is a program that embraces innovation and ingenuity. Courses of study can be tailored to the needs, talents, and interests of the individual student. So, if you want to propose a project that's a bit unusual or doesn't quite fit in with the syllabus, our professors will work with you to help make it happen.

One of the highlights of our undergraduate program is FORM, a student-run gallery that features a different exhibition of student work every week throughout the academic year. FORM shows all types of work, and the opportunity to exhibit is open to students of all class years. Besides providing exhibition space for student work, the FORM Gallery is a great opportunity for students to learn the ins and outs of managing a gallery space.

Our annual Spring Art Show features student work from all studios. Best in show awards are given in each genre, including a $1,000 purchase award, where the University buys a piece of artwork to display on campus.

Incorporating technology, and learning how to balance hand and machine, is also an important element of our program. For instance, Hofstra offers a VR Creation Lab digital storytelling course that brings together fine arts, engineering, computer science, and communications and uses the latest in virtual reality technology.



From an unusual sculpture that took over an entire room to a public mural in the Biology Department stairwell, fine arts arts major Hayley Blomquist '18 embraced the concept of “social practice” – making art an event that encourages people to interact with her work by touching it, holding it, and even sitting on it. Hayley's internship with multimedia artist Chloe Wise led to a full-time job as Wise’s studio assistant after graduation.

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