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Cornell University

The Department of Art is dedicated to maintaining a high level of instruction in the fine arts. We work to develop both technical skills and critical thinking in our students, in order to equip them specifically for the practice of art, and generally for careers in a wide range of professions. We make this distinction in order to clarify that we do not see art itself as a profession, but rather as a way of communicating meaning through materials and images.

History:
Founded in 1865 By Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White.

Opened in 1868 Morrill Hall was the first building constructed on the main Ithaca campus, which today includes more than 260 major buildings on 745 acres.

Identity:
Cornell is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, a member of the Ivy League, and a partner of the State University of New York
It has been described as "the first American university" because of its founders' revolutionarily egalitarian and practical vision of higher education, and is dedicated to its land-grant mission of outreach and publ... [ Read All ]

Ithaca

United States

Address:
College of Architecture, Art and Planning, 224 Tjaden Hall, Cornell University,
New York
14853
Phone: (607) 255-3558
Fax: (607) 255-3462
Website: http://www.aap.cornell.ed


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Our Aims

At Cornell the study of art is more than acquiring a repertoire of studio techniques; it is an education in intellectual judgment, philosophical understanding, and ethical principles sufficient to engage the often bewildering complexity of contemporary life.
 


Academic Staff and Description

http://www.aap.cornell.edu/art/faculty/  


News and Events

News
http://www.aap.cornell.edu/art/news/

Events
http://www.aap.cornell.edu/art/events/

Cinema Italia: Cinema Paradiso
February 16, 2007 | 157 E. Sibley

Art Beyond Cornell
February 18, 2007 - February 24, 2007 | Olive Tjaden Gallery

Fabula Rasa
February 18, 2007 - February 24, 2007 | Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome

Photography Career Conversation with John Gruen
February 20, 2007 | 115 West Silbey

Interviewing
February 20, 2007 | Career Services Conference Room, Fine Arts Library

Lindsey Glover: Hollowed Out
February 25, 2007 - March 3, 2007 | Olive Tjaden Gallery

Negotiating and Accepting Job Offers
February 27, 2007 | Career Services Conference Room, Fine Arts Library
 


Information For  Undergraduates

http://www.aap.cornell.edu/aap/art/admissions/undergrad.cfm

The undergraduate program in art at Cornell provides a comprehensive education in fine arts techniques, as well as a critical understanding of the visual arts. About 60 percent of the B.F.A. degree requirements are studio courses, and the remaining courses include liberal arts and electives chosen from throughout the university.

B.F.A. Concentrations
B.F.A. Curriculum
Dual Degree
Out-of-College Requirements
AAP Undergraduate Admissions


In addition to the university's general requirements, B.F.A. applicants are required to submit a slide portfolio. A portfolio interview is encouraged but not required. The Department of Art considers the strongest applicants to be those who would like to study both fine arts and liberal arts in a university setting.

Slide Portfolio Guidelines
Interview

Secondary School Subjects / Standardized Test Requirements
Sixteen units of secondary school subjects must be completed, including 4 of English and 3 or 4 of foreign language (3 years of one language or 2 years each of two languages).

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Information For  Postgraduates

http://www.aap.cornell.edu/aap/art/admissions/grad.cfm

The undergraduate program in art at Cornell provides a comprehensive education in fine arts techniques, as well as a critical understanding of the visual arts. About 60 percent of the B.F.A. degree requirements are studio courses, and the remaining courses include liberal arts and electives chosen from throughout the university.

B.F.A. Concentrations
B.F.A. Curriculum
Dual Degree
Out-of-College Requirements
AAP Undergraduate Admissions

Admission for the M.F.A. program is for the fall only. The application deadline is January 15. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. GRE scores are not required. To apply, please submit the following materials to the Cornell University Graduate School:


In a slide sheet, a maximum of 20 but not less than 10 slides of recent work, each labeled with applicant’s name and the title and date of the work
A completed Cornell University Graduate Application with fee
Transcripts of all previous course work
Three letters of recommendation
A stamped, self-addressed envelope (for return of slides). Slid...  [ Read All ]


Alumni

http://www.aap.cornell.edu/art/alumni/  


Student Facilities

Computer Lab
The computer lab in Tjaden Hall has about 20 Intel iMac computers. Each machine is equipped with the latest versions of various software, and the lab contains high-resolution scanners and several printers, including two large-format inkjet printers.

Darkrooms / Studios
Tjaden Hall houses several drawing and painting studios, fully renovated in 1998.

Multiple darkrooms support work with all camera formats up to 8x10 inches. Color darkrooms feature individual enlarging rooms and a 30 inch color print processor. A shooting studio includes seamless backgrounds, and tungsten and electronic flash lighting equipment. Professional medium format, large format and digital cameras are available to advanced students. Scanners, printers and video equipment are available in the computer lab.

Printmaking
The department has three complete studios for etching, lithography and silk-screen, as well as a printmaker’s darkroom. For etching, there are several presses, the largest of which has a bed size of 40x80 inches.

There are four lithography presses, and silk-screen facilities include a power washout unit and an exposur...  [ Read All ]


Student Support

http://www.aap.cornell.edu/student-services/  


Student Life

http://www.cornell.edu/studentlife/

You might think the Cornell campus is so big that it should have its own zip code. It is and it does. But one of the first things you'll notice when you arrive is that student residences are organized into communities, designed with options, amenities, and recreational and learning opportunities that promote interaction and make the campus feel smaller.

Whether you're seeking study skills, participation in a favorite sport or activity, a delicious meal, outings to explore the region's spectacular natural beauty, help with family or personal issues, opportunities for social interaction, a safe and comfortable place to live, or information about your education and career options, you'll be in good hands during your years at Cornell. And you'll have fun, too. All of this creates a strong sense of identity among Cornellians, and a student experience that makes Cornell alumni among the most loyal in the nation.

Life at Cornell is relatively safe and quiet, but never boring. Who has time to be bored?

 


Accommodation

http://housing.cornell.edu/