Adelphi University

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About Adelphi University

Adelphi University is the oldest institution of higher education for liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Founded on June 24, 1896, Adelphi's 1,261 full- and part-time faculty members serve a student body of more than 8,300 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates on the main Garden City campus and at facilities in New York City, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie.

Adelphi's Garden City campus, established in 1929, has five buildings designed by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Meade & White, and two buildings designed by the internationally-celebrated architect Richard Neutra. In 2006, the new Fine Arts and Facilities Building opened on the south end of campus, providing state-of-the-art studio and exhibition space for the visual arts. Adelphi's new recreation and sports complex and performing arts center are slated for completion in 2008, which will again transform the appearance of the campus.

Students who attend this campus can attain an undergraduate degree in art education, art history, computer science, and studio art. Graduate degrees are available in studio art for students who want to expand their experiences in color theory, painting, photography, and art criticism. This degree expands on the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program that begins with a rigorous studio foundation in drawing and design and culminates in concentrated studies among painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, or graphic design disciplines.

The graphic design specialization is a source of pride at Adelphi, as they take pride in the success of their students as they find design jobs after graduation. This particular program is a two-year intensive study with a required internship. To be accepted in graphic design, you must demonstrate your potential by submitting a portfolio for review in the spring of the sophomore year.

Photography classes also are popular at Adelphi, with impressive photo labs located on the third and fourth floors of Blodgett Hall that include a darkroom with 15 enlargers, a studio for still-life and portrait photography, a work studio with sinks and drying racks, and a critique/discussion area. Adelphi also maintains an 18-station computer lab for digital photo classes. Art students are eligible for elective courses in photography throughout their four years of study.

Adelphi accepts loans and other monies provided by Federal and state programs. Additionally, Adelphi supplies scholarships for graduate and international students, incoming freshman, and to students who display need and/or academic merit. Adelphi University, an independent, comprehensive institution, is chartered by the University of the State of New York, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Education Department among other accreditation for various departments.

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