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Dual Major / Double Major

Dual Major

Education and art dual majors are available to students in the following programs: Deaf Education & Art (DEAR), Early Childhood Education & Art (ECAR), Elementary Education & Art (ELAR), or Special Education & Art (SEAR). View more information about Dual majors in Education and Art.

Education & Art Dual Major Advisor: Prof. Elizabeth Mackie

Double Major

Double majors (BFA and other major) are also available in conjunction with other academic departments, however, these tracks may require more than 32 units to complete. Dual major options could include  Communication Studies with Graphic Design or Photography & Video, Business and Graphic Design, Visual art (any specialization) and Art History, and many others. For information and guidance regarding your intended dual-major track, reach out to the appropriate program coordinator.

Art Education Coordinator: Dr. Lisa LaJevic
Photography/Video & Fine Art Coordinator: Prof. Anita Allyn
Art History: Dr. Deborah Hutton or Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus or Dr. Lee Ann Riccardi

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the Visual Art double major, applicants must:

  • Apply to TCNJ: For more information about the submission process to the college, please visit our Admissions website. 
  • Submit a Portfolio: Students should submit work through SlideRoom. The portfolio should consist of the following three components:
    • a) Digital images of 12 works of art
    • b) A numbered list indicating the title, materials and dimensions of the work
    • c) A one-page personal essay

Professional presentation of the work is important. Please present documentation that is in-focus, well-lit and shows your best work.  Specifications about file format and size limitations can be found on the Art and Art History Department website.

  • For students interested in Art Education and Fine Arts, include 12 images of original works demonstrating the applicant’s drawing and technical skills, creativity, and aesthetic ability. A substantial part of the portfolio should feature drawings (still life, figure, self-portrait, and assorted sketches).
  • For students interested in Graphic Design, and the the Photography and Video Specializations,  a portfolio with a substantial amount of photographs and/or video is required. You may supplement the portfolio with additional works including a range of drawing, sculpture, graphics or mixed-media.

For all applicants:
All work must be original. Copies of other artists’ work, including anime, cartoons, graffiti, or tattoos, should not be included in the portfolio. If possible, please also include at least one image from a sketchbook.

Image List
Include a numbered image list along with your submitted work. Indicate your name, completion date, materials, and dimensions of the individual pieces.

Personal Essay
Please include a one-page, single-spaced statement that briefly describes who you are and your experience in art and life. Your essay should include your major artistic and academic goals and your reasons for wanting to specialize in the visual arts.

SlideRoom Instructions
Please follow the SlideRoom submission instructions carefully. Please DO NOT mail a portfolio CD or DVD.  If you experience difficulty uploading your artwork, you must contact SlideRoom technical support at for assistance. Please allow one day for a response. You may also consult the SlideRoom website.