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You’re creative. You’re talented. Now, take these traits and develop your own form of expression. As an Art major, you’ll learn to think critically, act creatively, and produce works of art that address the most pressing issues in contemporary culture.
Why Study Art at MMC?
As an Art major here, you’ll have access to all the resources of an art school as you build your artistic practice, enriched by disciplines from across the College.
Take in everything New York City offers as the heart of the international art world. Meet leading curators, artists, photographers, and designers. Learn from faculty members who are professional artists. Take classes and intern in prominent cultural institutions like Sotheby’s, the Met, MoMA PS1, El Museo del Barrio, and art galleries across the city.
Our new center for visual arts (opening in Fall 2022) will provide you with a unique teaching and learning environment with light-filled studios, digital labs, and a communal hub to host events, connect with friends, or just hang out.
What You Will Learn as an Art Major
Our core courses build your artistic foundation. Integrate solid technical skills with knowledge of art history, theory, and practice.
Design your own program by choosing one or more of four concentrations:
- Graphic Design
- Illustration and Animation
- Studio Art
Through coursework, apprenticeships and internships, special lectures, and access to artists’ studios, you will develop your skills not just as an artist, but as a critic and communicator.
Illustration and Animation
I’m incredibly grateful for the personalized experience I had at MMC, where my professors always challenged me to define and build my artistic voice. I was formally introduced to documentary photography during my third when at my professor’s suggestion, I took a class focused on photo essays at the International Center of Photography. With every project, I was uncovering a clue as to what drew me to photography–storytelling.Nathalie Diller ’20
Class of 2020, Art major with a Photography concentration
Each Art History course cultivated my understanding of multiple perspectives on art; each one encouraged me to explore the subjects and topics that fed my curiosity. For example, I was thrilled to be able to pursue my interest in Native American art and culture by studying objects first-hand in New York collections, especially in the Diker Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I am incredibly grateful for the experiences I enjoyed and the relationships I formed with faculty in Art History at MMC.Sheridan Posschelle ’21
Attending MMC was one of the best decisions I have ever made, as it opened doors such as being offered a summer job at Mouse Ceramic Studio in Brooklyn, teaching ceramics to children. The guidance I received from my professors also helped me get into Bank Street Graduate School of Education, my top choice graduate school. Marymount Manhattan is an amazing school with so many opportunities for students and I’m so happy that I now get to call myself an MMC Alum!Adriana Kunstenaar ’19
Class of 2019, Art major, Studio Art concentration, minor in Communication and Media Arts
I feel pretty lucky that I am still doing today what I pursued when I was 18! In college, I had numerous internships assisting artists, working at printing studios, and even photographing for an online clothing company. After college, I worked at a portrait studio in Manhattan’s Upper East Side before relocating to the West Coast.Lindsay Kreighbaum ’12
Careers and Outcomes
The Hewitt Gallery of Art
Join visitors from across the NYC art community and take in exhibitions from emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. As an art major, you’ll also have the opportunity to showcase your work at the gallery.