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What You Learn

In Kean’s fine arts program, you will acquire and apply a well-rounded knowledge of art history, theory and techniques.

  • Create visual art in different mediums using a variety of methods, including drawing, painting, computer art, illustration, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metals and jewelry, printmaking, woodworking and furniture

  • Develop an artist’s portfolio and learn how to market, sell and exhibit your work

  • Hone your creative and critical thinking skills and enhance your ability to communicate effectively

  • Study with faculty who are working artists and provide expert instruction and mentoring

  • Intern with local galleries, arts centers, businesses and artists' studios

Kean offers a B.A. in Fine Arts and a BFA degree in studio art.*

Studio art options for specialization include: painting/drawing, illustration, photography, printmaking, furniture/woodworking, ceramics and digital media.

*Portfolio required for admission.

Program Options:

B.A. in Fine Arts: Teacher Certification

Minor in Art History

A fine arts education gives you many perspectives. I can go from photography to painting, from drawing to sculpting. Everything I’ve learned from my art classes helps me to solve problems in other areas."

Cheyonne Thompson
Fine arts student Cheyonne Thompson

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere, and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.


Showcase your talents and experience a rich and diverse program that regularly features student and faculty work across campus galleries.

The Karl and Helen Burger Gallery at Kean University

Internships and Jobs

At Kean, we believe in helping all of our students find internships and jobs that support their career goals. Career services staff provide professional services and offer job fairs and networking events year-round.

Kean students gain real-world experience through internships. (Medical Technology)
Internships and Jobs

Study Abroad

Kean offers study abroad opportunities in many countries. Study at Wenzhou-Kean University in China for the cost of a semester at Kean USA.

Kean students in a gorgeous outdoor setting in Northern Ireland 2023
Study Abroad


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Kean's fine art's program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.


Kean fine arts graduates have thriving careers in the arts and education. Their job titles include:

  • Jeweler
  • Art teacher
  • Curator
  • Mixed media artist
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer 
  • Art gallery owner 
  • Corporate art program consultant



Of Kean's fine arts faculty are exhibiting artists

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