At this time, the School of Art + Design offers only undergraduate degrees. While there are no “minors” in any programs in the School of Art + Design but it is possible for students pursuing a degree in the School of Art + Design to minor in another program at NJIT outside the College of Architecture and Design.
Virtual or physical, art is important in our lives. Fine Arts at the School of Art + Design provides unique opportunities for aspiring artists exploring the nexus between art and technology. Benefiting from the digital culture of the School, the technological environment at a research university like NJIT, and the vibrant art scene in Newark and the New York metropolitan area; Fine Arts students engage in a design process with a variety of tools and become part of a dynamic cultural experience that emphasizes the use of digital media and information technology in the creation of new works. Sensors and physical computing, interactive media, environmental projected art, and other 21st century methods of expression represent some of the unique educational and expressive opportunities of the NJIT School of Art + Design Fine Arts education.
Digital Design is an evolving and exciting multi-disciplinary field that underlies many of today’s fast-growing industries, from web-based communications to advertising to entertainment. Applications of digital design can be seen in movies and on television, in video games, in multiple-platform advertising, in museum and trade show exhibits, and of course, online. The field involves everything from the virtual environment designed and modeled for a video game, to the special effects in motion pictures, to the illustration of children’s books, to the graphic design and production of an advertising campaign. A multi-disciplinary major with a generalist focus, students are exposed through multiple courses to a wide variety of subjects that include aspects of motion pictures, special effects, music and digital audio, games (Princeton Review selected NJIT as one of the top schools in which to study game design in 2012), physical computing, web design, and much more. Additionally, an increasing number of Digital Design students are building a relationship with the Theater Arts program.
From the creation of the iPod to furniture to children's toys, industrial designers combine skills from art and engineering as they travel the road from conceiving an idea, to production, packaging and selling. As part of the School of Art + Design, the Industrial Design program benefits from a creative environment where students from various programs – from design to biomedical engineering – interact to form new synergies. The exposure to and cross-fertilization of design disciplines prepare Industrial Design students for professional practice both as independent artist and consultants, or as part of a larger design team.
Interior designers bring a sensitivity to, and knowledge of, color and space, user needs and ergonomics, building materials and systems, furniture and furnishings, lighting, and cultural awareness, to the design of spaces within buildings. The four-year Bachelor of Arts program in Interior Design prepares students to enter the profession of interior design, first as interns, and ultimately take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination. Furthermore, the Interior Design program prepares students to seek a first professional degree in architecture at the graduate level and offers opportunities for well-prepared students to transition into the Master of Architecture program at NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design.