The four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art offers Rutgers students at the Camden campus a variety of concentrations which include art history, computer graphics, graphic design, museum studies, painting, printmaking & photography, sculpture, and teacher certification (in cooperation with the Institute for Effective Education). Students may also design their own interdisciplinary majors to prepare for careers in art therapy, medical illustration, advertising, and other fields.
Course offerings in music are designed to give each student an integrated approach to theory, history, composition, electronic music, and performance–experience in all five areas being essential to the understanding of music as an artistic and intellectual achievement. Theory courses allow the student to work with musical material, to understand modes of organization in composition, and to employ methods of musical analysis. History courses introduce students to methods of studying the development of musical genres and the relationship of music to the other arts and areas of thought. Composition courses introduce students to methods of style, structure, and organization of musical material. Electronic Music courses introduce students to current music technology and making music with machines and software. Students develop performing skills through private study and through participation in the College Choir, Madrigal Ensemble, Performance Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. Ongoing concerts featuring renowned musicians provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to a rich variety of musical styles.
The mission of the theater program at Rutgers-Camden is to develop the skills, craft, and imagination of its students, as well as to provide them with a strong understanding of the history of the theater within a liberal arts context. In addition, the theater program stresses the collaborative nature of the art form by emphasizing the creative process and new play development. As a theater program operating within a larger fine arts department, we offer students a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary work. The curriculum includes courses in the areas of acting, directing, playwriting, technical theater, and dramatic literature/theater history. The program sees theater studies as a whole–an entire package with no one aspect being more important than another. The student who successfully completes the prescribed course of study will be prepared for graduate school or a variety of career options.