A Vote to Expand Art Degrees : Rutgers-Camden Campus News

The Rutgers Board of Directors approves a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Rutgers University, Camden, which will include a concentration in Animation and Graphic Design

December 7, 2021

Written by Sam Starns

The Rutgers Board of Governors voted Tuesday unanimously to approve the creation of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts offered by Camden College of Arts and Sciences. The new degree proposal now goes to the New Jersey Council of Presidents, which represents the state’s public, private and community colleges and universities for action.

The BFA will provide students with the option to pursue a variety of focus areas, including Animation, Graphic Design, and Media: Art and Technology, Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture.

Rutgers University – Camden University President, Antonio de Telles, has commended the Rutgers Board of Directors’ support for the move to launch the new degree on campus.

“Our campus has always had a vibrant visual arts community on campus,” Telles says. “This will take our program to the next level and ensure that Rutgers University-Camden is at the forefront of educating the next generation of animators, graphic designers, and other artists who produce outstanding work.”

The BFA in Visual Art will build on the current Bachelor of Arts degree, which is currently offered at Rutgers University – Camden. Kenneth Elliott, chair of the Rutgers-Camden Department of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts, says the new degree will give students interested in art an additional option to pursue an intensive fine arts degree.

“It will benefit our program in many ways,” Elliott says. Students are attracted to these types of programs. Furthermore, employers find the program attractive as well. When students graduate with a BFA, they will earn a professional degree.”

The BFA will provide students with the option to pursue a variety of focus areas, including Animation, Graphic Design, and Media: Art and Technology, Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture.

The art major remains popular on campus and currently has over 100 students enrolled. Rutgers – Camden is the only Rutgers campus to offer an animation focus.

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