Department of Art


The William Paterson University Department of Art teaches students visual literacy within a broad cultural and historical context. The department provides students the opportunities to explore self-expression and scholarship, build knowledge and acquire skills, and develop an understanding of how creativity is articulated through fine art and design. Our purpose is to empower students with lives rich in artistic expression and professional achievement that will contribute to a diverse and democratic society.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Studio Art
  • BA in Art History
  • BFA in Fine Art
  • Minor in Visual Communications
  • Minor in Art Studio
  • Minor in Art History
  • MFA in Visual Arts

A William Paterson University degree from the art department will prepare you for a career in a variety of exciting creative fields or for graduate study. Our students translate the skills gained in our curriculum and through hands-on experience in internships, exhibitions, study abroad, and publications opportunities into real world employment and success. Our department fosters strong mentorships between students and professors in every area and level of study. In addition to attending graduate school to further their studies, graduates have pursued careers in computer animation and computer game design; advertising and graphic and web design; photography, film, and video; certified art education; fine artistry and arts advocacy in galleries and museums; and textile and wallpaper design.