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Committed to serious scholarship and studio practice

The Art Department at Molloy University is home to two academic programs: 1) B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in digital art, painting, print making, drawing, illustration, photography, ceramics, sculpture, or art history and 2) a B.S. in Visual Arts Education in partnership with the School of Education. The Art Department also offers minors in studio art, digital art, photography, graphic design, art history, museum studies and art therapy. The faculty strive to foster a sense of intellectual and creative expression.

The faculty is committed to bringing together the pursuit of serious scholarship and studio practice and providing a caring and rigorous education in the visual arts for our students that prepares them for careers as practicing artists or exemplary teacher candidates. Faculty, staff and students make a diverse and vibrant community bound together by the shared purpose of understanding the history, theory and practice of the visual arts. The Art Department welcomes both students who wish to pursue their majors and minors in the visual arts and students majoring in other disciplines who wish to engage in the study of art history or a structured studio experience as part of their education at Molloy University.

The course offerings reflect a diversity of faculty expertise, attention to student needs and the spirit of exploration with new concepts and technologies in art. Some of the exciting courses offered include Digital Photography, Women & Art, Art Historical Themes in Cinema, Modern Art, Introduction to Graphic Design and History of Art and HealingMolloy University's proximity to New York City provides students with an opportunity to see current art exhibitions in museums and galleries and be actively engaged in the Art Capital of the World.

The Department has a close working relationship with the Molloy University Art Gallery located in Kellenberg Hall. Students benefit from changing contemporary and historical exhibitions and frequent lectures by visiting artists and art historians, as well as Molloy's own faculty exhibits in the gallery. Each year, senior art majors present an exhibition of their work in the gallery, and the student display case in the Wilbur Arts Center lobby presents student exhibitions throughout the year.

Transfer students are welcome into this program. Learn more about transferring to Molloy, including transfer guidelines, articulation agreements and funding opportunities.

Degree Options

The Art Department at Molloy University gives you the choice between two degree options allowing freedom to pursue various career paths.

  • BFA

    B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in digital art, painting, print making, drawing, illustration, photography, ceramics, sculpture, or art history that prepares students to be practicing artists.

  • BS in Visual Art Education

    In partnership with the School of Education the B.S. in Visual Art Education prepares exemplary teacher candidates through rigorous art education courses based on theories and studio practice.

    For the Visual Arts Education Pre-K-12 program requirements, refer to "Art Education Program of Study" in the "School of Education and Human Services" section of the catalog.

Art Department Minors Offered

  • Art History Minor

    The Art History minor enhances the historical and cultural knowledge of students in various disciplines, including Fine Arts, Visual Arts Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Gallery/Museum Studies, New Media and other areas. This minor provides students with a basic foundation for pursuing studies and training in fine arts, art history, gallery/museum administration and in diverse cultural institutions. Art History minor opens the door to a variety of jobs such as art dealer, museum curator, art journalist, gallery manager, art teacher, archivist, auctioneer and other careers. For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Art History Minor

  • Art Therapy Minor

    An Art Therapy minor will enhance the skills of students in a range of disciplines, including Fine Arts, Visual Arts Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Psychology, Sociology, Speech Pathology, Music Therapy, Social Work and Nursing. Students will use tactile-visual skills of artistic expression that promote social, emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual health. Two and three-dimensional art and theoretical conceptual materials are explored and examined within the use of arts for healing. This minor provides students with understanding and basic skills for pursuing further studies and training in creative arts therapies. For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Art Therapy Minor

  • Digital Arts Minor

    The knowledge and skills offered by the Digital Art minor aligns with the needs of students who are pursuing a variety of majors such as Business Management, Communications, Computer Science, Fashion Industry, Graphic Design, Marketing, New Media, Psychology and the Sciences. The courses provide opportunities for basic exploration in the areas of digital art encompassing the Adobe Creative Suite software programs of Illustrator and Photoshop through a variety of fine arts, illustration and graphic design projects. The Digital Art minor provides students with skills for further study in photography, graphic design and advertising. For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Digital Art Minor

  • Graphic Design Minor

    The knowledge offered by the Graphic Design minor aligns with the needs of students who are pursuing a variety of majors such as Marketing, Finance, Business Management, Accounting, Economics, Computer Science, Psychology, Communications and New Media. The courses offered will provide the opportunity to consolidate the theoretical skills of the student's major with the tactile-visual skills inherent to Graphic Design, such as effective logotype-branding creation, typography, editorial and advertising layout, package design and two- and three-dimensional animation within the constantly expanding world of digital arts. For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Graphic Design Minor

  • Photography Minor

    The Photography minor introduces students to the range of photographic processes, technologies and conceptual practices using digital techniques of Adobe Photoshop, and other applications to create a body of work. Students gain knowledge, experiences, technical aspects of digital photography and processes of digital imaging, editing and production. After acquiring digital skills, students can pursue further study, or employment in commercial and industrial photography, scientific photography, travel photography, contemporary art, fashion industry, magazine publishing and graphic design. For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Photography Minor

  • Studio Art Minor

    A Studio Art minor will strengthen and benefit students in various disciplines such as Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Art Therapy and Social Work. Students will complete foundation studio art classes such as Two-Dimensional Design, Drawing, Three-Dimensional Design and other art courses. Students will use fundamental art concepts and techniques to explore, experiment and develop individual creative expression. A Studio Art minor provides students with art foundational skills to further their studies in fine art, visual arts education and art therapy. For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Studio Art Minor

Art Portfolio Review Scholarships

Incoming first year students who wish to participate in the art portfolio review process for additional scholarship consideration can present a sampling of their works to the Art Department faculty, thereby establishing their eligibility. Awards are based on a wide range of evaluative criteria. Students are encouraged to participate in this formative experience, in which the process of mentorship and dialog begins to form.

To schedule a portfolio review for scholarship consideration please email


Hear From Our Students

  • Khaila Cannon, Class of 2024

    "For years, every art class I've taken challenged me in the best way possible and improved my skills as an artist. Through the help of my fascinating professors and talented classmates, I found a 2nd home in the Art program. I'm so blessed to have met these people who strengthen my potential. To them and Molloy Univeristy, I say thank you."

  • Justin Barrow, May 2024


    “I believe that the Art Program at Molloy has a blend of talented and great staff that push their students to succeed. Each teacher pushes their students in a unique way to hone technical, creative, inventive and management skills to help them succeed on their path to success."

Honor Society

  • Kappa Pi Honor Society

    The Art Department at Molloy offers eligible students membership in Kappa Pi

    International Art Honor Society which was created to acknowledge incredible artists.

    To be eligible for admission, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

    • Completion of 12 semester hours in visual art courses (studio, art history, design, etc.)
    • Attainment of an overall “B” average in all art courses
    • An overall academic average of “C”
    • Produces outstanding work

Our Faculty

  • Hwa Young Caruso, Ed.D.

    Dr. Hwa Young Caruso, a Full Professor of Art, was born and educated in South Korea. She earned an Ed.D. from TC Columbia University, an MFA at the University of Connecticut, an MA in Studio Art, a 6th Year Diploma in Educational Foundations and a Certificate in Art Psychotherapy at Southern Connecticut University and a BFA at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. She taught studio art, art history and art education at the University of Connecticut, Western Connecticut University and Molloy University.

    Dr. Caruso lectured about art history, critical art theory, art education, studio art practice, online pedagogy and cultural diversity at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Vassar, NYU, Dartmouth, Boston University, Rutgers, UMass Amherst, Seton Hall, and the National Art Education Association. She published research articles and art reviews in The Journal of Aesthetic Education, AWARE (Paris, France), Cognella Press, Sage Publishers, Columbia University, the International Journal of Multicultural Education & the Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education, where she served as Art Reviews Editor.

    As an artist, she had solo and group exhibitions at SOHO20 Gallery, Phoenix Gallery, New World Art Center, Pearl Street Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, Ceres Gallery, NYC Korean Cultural Center Gallery, Columbia University, Upstream Gallery, John Slade Ely House, Munson Gallery, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan, Caldas University Columbia, Italy, Poland, Sharjah Arts Museum, UAE, Ewha Womans University, King Sejong Cultural Center, Seoul, Korea, Chrysler Museum, Springfield Museum, Berkshire Museum, Mattatuck Museum, Slater Museum, University of Connecticut, CT State Capitol Building, Northeast Missouri University, Clemson University, University of North Carolina, Austin Peay University and other locations.

    Hwa Young Caruso, Ed.D.



  • Jenny La Monica, Ph.D.

    Dr. La Monica has a unique approach to art history that draws from both her doctoral work at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union in art and religion as well as her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She encourages students to delve beyond aesthetics and strive for empathetic engagement with the arts.  How have people made meaning in visual ways? Dr. La Monica deeply values international education, having lived several years overseas.  She has taught art history Internationally on-site in museums, catacombs, cathedrals, and archaeological ruins to many American students looking to immerse themselves in the art, culture, history, and language of other countries.  Whether abroad or in the classroom, she embraces the idea of destination not as “a place, but a new way of seeing things.” 

    Jenny La Monica, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor


  • Tim Roda, M.F.A.

    Tim Roda is a Interdisciplinary Artist and Assistant professor of Art at Molloy University who has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Roda holds a MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. He has received several awards, most notably a Fulbright Award to Italy. 

    Tim Roda, M.F.A.

    Assistant Professor



Department Chair

Tom Kenny, Ph.D.

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