Visual Arts (Minor)

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Why Visual Arts?

The arts can move us to tears, laughter, awe, and a deeper understanding of the human experience.

Follow your passion in the visual arts – drawing and painting, sculpture, and digital photography – while gaining skills in problem-solving and creative thinking.

Why Study Visual Arts at Iona?

You will be mentored by caring faculty who encourage your creativity and help you develop your knowledge of visual arts, and hands-on skills. Along with a wide variety of courses to choose from, you will have opportunities on campus to exhibit your work.

With NYC just 20 miles away, you will have easy access to a world of cultural and artistic experiences that will enhance your education and your appreciation for art.

What You'll Learn

You will expand your knowledge and creative experience through the study of art appreciation, drawing and painting, sculpture, digital photography, and other areas of visual arts.

You will develop an awareness of design, composition, techniques and elements of visual arts, and an understanding of ethical and moral meanings in art.

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Careers & Outcomes

From advertising and design to architecture and teaching, a background in visual arts is can lead you to the creative processes of many career paths! 

Job Titles

  • Art Gallery Director
  • Architect
  • Visual Arts Specialist
  • Cinematographer
  • Courtroom Sketch Artist

Program Highlights

Creative Community

Share your passion with our active and supportive arts community of artists, actors, dancers, and musicians.

Valuable Career Skills

Through visual arts you you develop skills in problem-solving, creative thinking, confidence and adaptability – lifelong skills sought-after by many employers.

Study Abroad

Choose to deepen your appreciation of art by studying the rich cultures and artistic treasures of Italy, France or Ireland through semester study abroad opportunities.

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Our scenic campuses, located just 20 miles from midtown Manhattan, truly do offer the "best of both worlds." Let us show you around, answer your questions and give you a feel of our tight-knit community.

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If you're considering applying to Iona, you're not alone! Since 2019, our new-student enrollment is up nearly 30%. Additionally, 99% of our first-year students receive institutional scholarships or grant aid.


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