BFA in Art

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The Dyson Advantage

Dyson College’s Art Department on Pace University’s New York City campus provides a stimulating environment for you to develop your artistic potential. Earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Art or Art History. Study with our outstanding faculty of internationally recognized professional artists and distinguished educators. Small class sizes allow for a high degree of individual attention. Internships for credit expand your practical experience and enhance your career opportunities, providing access to leading galleries and museums, design, media, and fashion firms, film production companies, and magazine publishers.

International study is available through an extensive list of Pace-affiliated universities abroad, as well as departmentally-sponsored trips to destinations like Florence, Berlin, or Paris. Dyson College’s Gotham House offers Art students the opportunity to become part of a social network of students with similar interests. Activities include free trips to museums, films, and Broadway shows. Career panels and Visiting Artist lectures are offered every semester. Two galleries on campus display contemporary art as well as student and faculty work.

Learning That Inspires Your Intellect

BFA in Art

Offered on the New York City campus, our professional program in art and design prepares you for a variety of careers, or advanced study in the field. The department combines traditional media like painting and sculpture with photography, digital media, film, and design to provide a range of creative and professional paths for our students. You receive a broad introduction to the studio arts through a sequence of introductory courses in different media, followed by focused study in a selected studio area, including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Digital Arts, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Interior Design, and Film and Video Production. Interdisciplinary options are also available.

A portfolio review is required for admission into the BFA program.

Concentrations in:
  • Digital Art and Graphic Design
  • Film and Video Production
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Sculpture and 3D Design
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
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    BFA Portfolio Requirements For 2014-2015

    All students wishing to enter the BFA program in Art for the 2014-2015 academic year must be accepted to Pace University before a portfolio is submitted for review. Four reviews are held annually and are open to prospective and current Pace students. If you miss a portfolio deadline, please enroll in the BA in Art program until the next deadline in order to ensure course availability.

  • Portfolios should contain ten (10) images that display your ability in art or design. Photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, digital arts, video, printmaking, ceramics, design, and mixed media are among the media considered. For time-based media like performance, film, or video, please submit a five-minute DVD with a compilation of your work (.mov/Quicktime formats only).
  • Images of your work can be mailed or emailed to the Pace Art Department, or an in-person portfolio review on campus can be arranged.
  • For portfolios submitted by mail, send ten digital images on a CD or DVD marked with your name, address, email and phone number, as well as “BFA Art” written directly on the disc. Please do not mail original works. Send your portfolio to: BFA Portfolio Review, Art Department, Pace University, 41 Park Row, #1205, New York, NY 10038. Portfolios may also be submitted via email to
  • To schedule a portfolio review in person, please contact the department directly at (212) 346-1894 or to schedule an appointment. Original works can be brought for this review.
  • Contact the Art Office with any questions: (212) 346-1894, or mail us at For more program information, please contact Jennifer Schwarting at


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