Department of Art and Art History College of Arts and Sciences Adelphi University

Department of Art and Art History College of Arts and Sciences Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
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Adelphi University's Acclaimed Master of Arts Graduate Programs in Studio Art and Art Education

The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences of Adelphi University offers comprehensive graduate programs in studio art and art education at its beautifully landscaped campus in Garden City, New York. A short walk to a Long Island Rail Road station, Adelphi students are just 23 miles from New York City's world-class art libraries, museums, and galleries. Working artists and critics from NYC routinely take the train to the Adelphi campus for lectures and events.

New Facilities House the Fine Arts Department

The 18,000-square-foot fine arts and facilities building, the Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts, greatly expands Adelphi's art studio and classroom space. The one-story building takes full advantage of the natural light to illuminate its two painting studios, printmaking studio, ceramics studio, and a sculpture studio, which includes a foundry, metal working area, and casting facilities. An expansive outdoor courtyard provides 2,000 square feet of outdoor workspace with kilns and wheels. Students' work is showcased in the courtyard's display boxes.

The department retained its space at Blodgett Hall, including its state-of-the-art digital computer graphics design studio, for the B.F.A. in Graphic Design program.

Graduate Program in Studio Art

The Department of Art and Art History offers a 36-credit program of study that leads to a Master of Arts in Studio Art. Graduate students generally concentrate in a primary area of studio work with the addition of one or two other areas of minor concentration, such as ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The master's degree course schedule is flexible for part-time students and provides summer sessions.

A formal portfolio presentation is required of all students applying for admission to the program. In-person presentations are encouraged so that graduate candidates can meet faculty members. However, candidates may send a slide show presentation of their work when distance is a problem.

Once accepted in the graduate program, each student consults with a faculty adviser to design his or her program of study. Throughout their graduate studies, studio art graduate students can look forward to seeing exhibitions of their art in the Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery and the Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts.

Graduate Program in Art Education

The graduate program in art education develops art educators who can understand artistic development across a lifespan and the relationship of the sensory and kinesthetic domains to art making. The program trains educators to appreciate the role of the arts in opening cross-cultural understandings, while maintaining a lively commitment to their own artistic practice.

The Master of Arts in Art Education includes foundational courses in art education, philosophies, and theories of learning and development in the visual arts. The core courses are supplemented by courses in child and youth literacy and classroom environment/management. Students also select from an array of studio and exploratory arts electives.

Beyond the foundational courses and studio electives, students explore curriculum design and undertake small-scale art education research in the capstone master's seminar. The final step is to complete their student teaching requirement. Qualified candidates certified in areas other than the visual arts may enroll in this program to earn a second certificate and fulfill the graduate requirement for professional permanent certification in both areas.

Adelphi's Faculty and Research Facilities Represent Its Commitment to Excellence

The Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts is representative of Adelphi University's commitment to excellence in education, evidenced by its major investments in university research facilities, infrastructure, and state-of-the-art computer technology, as well as by attracting nationally recognized educators to its faculty .

Adelphi's primary research holdings are at Swirbul Library. These holdings include 600,000 volumes, 806,000 items in microformats, 33,000 audiovisual items, and online access to more than 61,000 electronic journal titles and 221 research databases.

Added Value

Established in 1896, Adelphi University is a fully accredited, private university with nearly 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and returning-adult students in the arts and sciences, business, allied health, clinical psychology, education, nursing, and social work. Academic experts have chosen Adelphi University as the gold standard for northeastern colleges. Noted for high academic standards and reasonable tuition costs, the private liberal arts university has also been recognized as a best buy in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for eight straight years. Adelphi was also selected as a Best College in the Northeast by "The Princeton Review" and a Top College by "Forbes". ranked us in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in return on investment.

Adelphi University

Adelphi University is a private university located in Garden City, New York, just 23 miles from Manhattan, where its students take advantage of numerous cultural and internship opportunities. Founded in 1896, it is the oldest coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island.

Financial Aid Is Available for Graduate Students

Adelphi University offers various federal aid programs, state grants, scholarship and fellowship programs, on- and off-campus employment, and teaching and research assistantships.

Adelphi Offers Five Convenient Campuses in the NYC Metro Area

Adelphi University has five locations in the New York metropolitan area offering select academic programs. The main Garden City campus. The Hauppauge Education and Conference Center and the Sayville Downtown Center are on Long Island. The Manhattan Center is in the historic SoHo neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. The Hudson Valley Center is located north of NYC in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Location & Contact

Department of Art and Art History

College of Arts and Sciences
Adelphi University

One South Avenue PO Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
United States

David Hornung


Phone: 516-877-4458

Ms. Christine Murphy

Director of Admissions

Phone: 516-877-3050
Fax: 516-877-3039

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Studio Art Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 4
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesessay, portfolio, 2 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students6
    • Female Percentage83%
    • Male Percentage17%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students6
    • Part-time Percentage67%
    • Full-time Percentage33%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian86%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown14%




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