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. Many students transfer directly to four-year schools after a year or two of study at Kingsborough without earning an Associate Degree.
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 computer labs equipped with iMacs and color printers for Graphic Design and for Digital Photo classes and fully equipped black & white darkroom photography studio. We have three, two thousand sq. ft. studios, each with natural light, for drawing, painting and sculpture. In a second building we have a fully equipped ceramic studio with clay mixers, manual and electric wheels, gas and electric kilns; and all art history lecture rooms feature 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. Does Kingsborough have an Art Gallery?
A. Yes, The Kingsborough Art Museum (KAM) is a 2100 square-foot gallery space that exhibits work by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Six curated exhibitions are presented each year, including the annual Faculty and Student Art Exhibitions that begin and end the exhibition season. Since its inception in 1976, KAM has shown works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Guerilla Girls, Melvin Edwards, Audrey Flack, Alex Katz, Martin Puryear, and other notable contemporary artists. Admission is always free, as are the brochures that accompany each of the major exhibitions. KAM is located in the Arts & Sciences Building, adjacent to the art studios..
Q. What is the cost of supplies for studio courses?
A. Precise figures are provided in the course syllabi, each of which is distributed by course instructors at the beginning of the semester. 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 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 required at Kingsborough?
A. Drawing classes (Art 5700 and Art 5800) one painting class (Art 7900) and one sculpture class (Art 8348) require working from a nude model. But 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 a locker space for each class. The painting and sculpture studios provide lockers for individual students 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. For the most part, yes. Almost all studio and art history classes are three credits, with these exceptions: Art 6000 (Painting II) and Art 6200 (Sculpture II) are four credits each and meet six hours a week. Independent study (Art 8100) can vary from one to three credits.