Visual and Media Arts
At The College of New Rochelle, education is about more than the degree. It’s about gaining the knowledge and leadership skills needed for a fulfilling and successful career. Located in suburban Westchester County, just 16 miles north of Manhattan, CNR offers students a unique academic environment in which to learn. Our tree-lined campus combines century-old historic buildings with technology-rich facilities, and our proximity to New York City gives students easy access to rich and diverse intellectual, cultural, and professional opportunities.
School of Arts & Sciences
The School of Arts & Sciences offers traditional undergraduate programs that prepare young men and women for successful careers through a robust liberal arts foundation, a strong focus on real-world skills and experiences, and a distinctive curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and individual empowerment. Here students are encouraged to challenge themselves within a welcoming learning community characterized by exceptional academics, small classes, and renowned faculty—90% of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields.
The Art Department at CNR offers three majors: Studio Art, Art Therapy, and Art Education.
Studio Art majors at CNR gain a solid background in the visual arts, the core of which is a foundation program comprised of courses in a range of artistic media and art history.
The Art Therapy major is a combined art and psychology program, focused on intensive training for students who want to bring the healing, nurturing qualities of art to help adults and children in need.
Art Education majors gain proficiency in the area of fine arts and, upon completion of the program, are eligible for initial teacher certification in Visual Arts Grades K-12.
Art majors emerge from their studies as skilled creators, viewers, and communicators.
At CNR, students are encouraged to explore their creativity and hone their artistic skills by a dedicated faculty of art professors, all established artists in their own right, and by visiting artist lecturers. Students work in several art studios as well as sculpture and pottery studios. The campus is also home to the Castle Gallery, located within historic Leland Castle. Castle Gallery is a renowned art resource for students and the community alike, exhibiting the works of notable and emerging artists. Also on campus, the Mooney Center Gallery features alumni and student exhibits as well as those of invited artists, and the Bridge Gallery is a space adorned with a revolving show of students’ work.
The Media Arts program prepares students to meet the demands of a dynamic, rapidly changing, and increasingly digital media landscape. Media Arts majors train in video production, public relations, sports communication, film, advertising, and online journalism. Within the program, students generate content in a variety of formats, including video, animation, online publishing, digital cinema, gaming, and journalism, and graduate fully prepared to enter the workforce as skilled and successful professionals. Media Arts majors have access to hands-on courses that provide opportunities to build video productions, edit video and sound, and hone graphic design skills in CNR’s on-campus TV studio, Mac labs, and photography studio.
The Honors Program offers an innovative liberal arts curriculum no matter what your field of study. Priority is placed on intellectual challenge, scholarly discovery, and social excellence while fostering academic independence and initiative, the ability to lead, appreciation of the value of collaboration, and community involvement. The benefits of being part of the Honors Program include study with other academically motivated students in small seminars, one-on-one learning with faculty mentors, automatic membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council, and the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences.
The College is committed to making education affordable. More than 96% of our students receive financial aid and/or scholarship money. CNR recognizes outstanding students by offering numerous merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, leadership, commitment to service, and intellectual promise. Scholarship awards range from $8,500 to full tuition and are based on a student’s GPA and test scores where applicable. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.
Areas of Study
• Art Education, BFA
• Art Education, BS
• Art Therapy, BFA
• Art Therapy, BS
• Studio Art, BA
• Studio Art, BFA
• Studio Art, BS
• Studio Art
• Visual Arts K-12 NYS Initial Teacher Certification
• 30+ career-focused programs of study
• 90% of full-time faculty hold a terminal degree in their field.
• 96% of students received merit-/need-based aid for 2017–2018.
Internships are key to the success of Media Arts students. With hundreds of placements at prominent sites in nearby New York City, students gain firsthand experience, contacts, and insight about industry practices. Internship sites include:
• Madison Square Garden
• WABC News
• World Wrestling Entertainment
• Time magazine
• News 12