FAQ for Art Department:
Q. How many students are there in the Art Department, and how many complete the program?
A. On average, three hundred students are enrolled in Art Department programs at any given time and fifty graduate each year after completing one of the two degree programs. The majority of these graduates continue their study at four-year institutions.
Q. Can I earn an Art Department degree taking evening or weekend classes only?
A. You can earn an A.S. Degree in Fine Arts as a daytime or evening/weekend student. Currently the courses required for the A.A.S. Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration are available only during the day, from 8am to 4pm.
Q. What facilities does the Art Department provide for art students?
A. The Art Department at Kingsborough has several graphic design computer labs equipped with iMacs and color printers for graphic design classes; a fully equipped black & white photography studio as well as digital photography facilities; we have separate two thousand sq. ft. studios, each with natural light, for drawing, painting and sculpture; a fully equipped ceramic studio with clay mixers, manual and electric wheels, gas and electric kilns; and each art history lecture room features state-of-the-art digital projection equipment.
Q. Are there any college publications available for visual art work by students at Kingsborough?
In conjunction with the English Department, the Art Department produces Antheon, an annual full-color literary magazine designed by Kingsborough Graphic Design students including visual art, fiction and poetry by Kingsborough students. In addition, there are annual events like the Eco-Festival and Kingsborough Reads that offer our students a chance to design posters.
Q. Is there an art gallery at Kingsborough?
A. Yes. The Art Gallery at Kingsborough is an eighteen hundred square foot exhibition space, which is home to an annual schedule of exhibitions featuring work by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Catalogs are published for each of the three major exhibition mounted each year, one of which is designed entirely by a Kingsborough Graphic Design student. Each season begins with a Faculty exhibition in September and ends with a Student Exhibition in May. Admission is always free. The Gallery is in the Arts & Sciences building, adjacent to the fine art studios.
Q. What is the cost of supplies for studio courses?
A. Though more precise figures are available in the syllabi of each course [a link to those pages here], there are no "lab fees" at Kingsborough. The department provides limited printing ink and paper in the graphic design area; developing chemicals in photography; clay, glaze compounds and kiln firing in ceramics, and large power tools in sculpture. All other supplies (photography paper, film, hand-tools, drawing pads, paint, etc.) are the responsibility of individual students.
Q. Are all studio and art history instructors practicing artists, critics and historians?
A. Yes. All our instructors, both part-time and full-time are professionals exhibiting and publishing in their respective fields.
Q. Is drawing or painting from the nude model a component of the curriculum at Kingsborough?
A. Yes. Drawing classes (Art 57 and Art 58) one painting class (Art 79) and one sculpture class (Art 83) require working from a nude model. To accommodate students who for cultural reasons cannot work with the nude model, there are equivalent courses offered on Fridays.
Q. Are there lockers available for students to store their supplies?
A. The drawing studio is equipped with instructor controlled locker space for each class. The painting and sculpture studios provide lockers for individuals on a per-semester basis. Sharing a locker with at least one student from your class is usually required as these lockers are limited in number. All lockers are emptied at the end of each semester. Students may not hold or reserve lockers between semesters.
Q. How many hours a week are classes scheduled?
A. In the Fall and Spring semesters art history classes meet three hours a week, and studio classes meet four hours a week for twelve weeks. During the Summer and Winter modules, both studio and class hours are doubled and only last six weeks.
Q. Are all classes three credits?
A. Yes. Both studio and art history classes are three credits, with two exceptions: Art 60 (Painting II) and Art 62 (Sculpture II) are four credits each and meet six hours a week.