Please note that due to curricular modifications, the prefixes and numbers for studio art classes are changing, effective Fall 2013. This means when you look on PAWS to pick out your classes, you will not find them listed under the old ADA, AFA, or AGD designations. Instead, studio classes will all have the prefic AAV and a new numbering system. Here is a table to help assist in navigating the new system. It shows the prefixes, names, and number of the old system and the equivlant prefixes, names, and numbers in the new system so you can easily figure it out.
You have been assigned an academic advisor in the Department of Art & Art History who will remain your advisor throughout your college experience at The College of New Jersey (you can locate your advisor on PAWS). Your advisor will help you to plan your academic future based on your aims and goals. He or she will help plan courses, solve many of your academic problems, guide you through the procedures, make helpful referrals and attempt to personalize your academic endeavors.
Students taking a minimum of three full course units per semester are considered to be full-time students for financial aid and billing purposes. This definition of full-time study applies to the fall and spring semesters and to the regular summer sessions. The normal academic load is four course units. The maximum load for any student is five course units. A student must receive permission of the Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Communication to carry five course units.
Advising Website: http://www.tcnj.edu/~advising
Double Counting Courses Between Majors, Interdisciplinary Concentrations, and Minors
3 courses may be counted twice between majors.
2 courses may be counted twice between a major and an interdisciplinary concentration.
1 course may be counted twice between a minor and anything else with the exception of an International Studies major and any minor, in which case 2 courses may be counted twice.
Permission to carry beyond four course units may be requested by sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 3.3 GPA. Students may take a maximum of four course units during the regular summer session, with no more than two units in a single session. Additional credit may be earned for work taken during the pre-session, provided that this does not overlap with the regular summer session. The Assistant Dean of The School of Arts and Communication must approve all requests for overload.
Summer and Maymester Courses
Summer Session opportunities include an intensive three-week Maymester, a five-week session in June through early July, and both a five- and a six-week session from early July to mid August. For complete dates, course listings, and other information see the
Summer Session website: http://summer.pages.tcnj.edu/student-services/about/
The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to support the academic goals of the College through assisting students with personal challenges that interfere with their academic progress.
Differing Abilities Services
The Office of Differing Abilities Services (ODAS) is in place to further extend the mission of The College of New Jersey and the mission of The Division of Student Affairs to persons with disabilities.
The College Art Gallery The College Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the new Art & IMM Building on the beautiful campus of The College of New Jersey. The Gallery presents six exhibitions annually including three curated exhibitions featuring nationally and internationally recognized artists, plus two student exhibitions and a faculty exhibition highlighting the extraordinary talent of the campus community. All gallery exhibitions and artist talks are free and open to the public. Student exhibition spaces AIMM 111 & 119 are located in the winged sections of the first floor. These spaces showcase student’s works and you may apply for solo or group exhibitions. There is also an annual juried Spring TCNJ Student Exhibition in which you are encouraged to apply. Deadlines and opportunities are announced via email on the HOTLINE.
Add/Drop a Major
Add/Drop a Minor
Internship Application (see Student Handbook for criteria)
Independent Study (see Student Handbook for criteria)
Student Travel request Form
All forms require approval from area Coordinator and Department Chair.
The Department Hotline lists exhibition opportunities, internships and jobs.
Please note, the Hotline URL has changed! Please save this new address in your records:
Note: Independent Study may not be taken as a substitution for any other course.
Independent study should be used for individual pursuit of topics within or beyond a student's major field of study, which transcend the regularly available curriculum. It will normally involve research, primary source reading, or fieldwork. An independent study application consists of two parts. The first is an enrollment form, including an evaluation rubric, which must be signed by the student, faculty sponsor and department chair. The second is an Independent Study Summary Proposal prepared by the student. The completed application must be submitted to the Assistant Dean for approval and, if approved, to The Office of Records and Registration at the time the student registers for the course. Registration for independent study will be accepted through the first week of the semester.
* Check the student HOTLINE for opportunities
The primary purpose of the college-level internship is the development of occupational or professional competence in the actual occupational setting after theory education has been completed. Other purposes (income, career exploration, learning-by-doing, on-the-job training, etc.) cannot be the primary purpose, though they may occur as a second result of the internship experience. Further information on Credits, GPA, and Requirements for the Internship and The Internship Contract are available in the Student Handbook.
Check the student HOTLINE for opportunities
Job opportunitiesCheck the student HOTLINE for opportunities
All TCNJ BFA students must participate in an Art Department faculty review of their studio work midway through their tenure in the Art Department. A portfolio representing all studio courses taken at The College will be presented during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Transfer students will have the review during the second semester of their junior year. The review is pass/fail. Attendance is required from the following art majors:
- Sophomores who began as freshmen at TCNJ
- Transfer students in their junior year who have not had a review at TCNJ
- Students will present two works from each studio course completed. Additionally, three more works of personal choice should be presented which reflect the student’s creative interest.
- Students will present three copies of a written artist statement, which articulate the student’s learning experience at TCNJ
- Each student will be assigned a 20 minute review with a faculty panel. The email notice
will also include the room listing and time
- The review is pass/fail
- The review panel will be made up of two or three art faculty: two from the student’s major and one from a related area, who will evaluate the work presented with a pass/fail. Students who fail the review must repeat it the following fall.
- Provide students an opportunity to present and discuss their studio work and receive constructive feedback from the art faculty
- Allow students to give feedback to the art faculty regarding their education at TCNJ
- Achievement of the primary objectives of the art courses
- Effort will be made to indicate students’ strengths
- Illuminate possible areas for future focus
MUSE is an undergraduate research program where students spend eight weeks in residence at The College of New Jersey during the summer, conducting research or engaging in creative activity in mentored collaboration with TCNJ faculty. This year, six students were funded from the Art Department to participate in the program.
Elizabeth Mackie: Bryan Borut and Allison Tumminia
Lee Ann Riccardi: Emily Conforto
Lisa LaJevic: Gabriel Randazzo, Matthew Pembleton and Kelsey Long