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Fine Arts

Catalyst for cultural change.

Critical thinking, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and new media are the backbone of our renowned Fine Arts program.

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Eric Wang ’20

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Discover the power of expression in this BFA program.

Have you been searching for the right college for fine arts? ݮƵ College of Art and Design’s Fine Arts BFA degree is an intimate program with limited enrollment, providing individual attention that fosters a tight-knit community of artists. Critical thinking, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and technology make up the backbone of the Fine Arts curriculum. Students learn technical and conceptual skills, explore innovative modes of expression, and develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary context of their work.

Our program prepares students for success in the 67-billion-dollar international art industry. We provide students with their own studio spaces, state-of-the-art facilities, and a multitude of exhibition opportunities. Graduates of the program go on to become critically acclaimed artists, industry creatives, and entrepreneurs.

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Explore Our Major

Hands-on Experience: Crossley Gallery

Hands-on Experience:
Crossley Gallery

Crossley Gallery, is the Fine Art Department’s white cube gallery space and is administered by our Fine Arts students in collaboration with the Galleries and Exhibitions Department. Students develop gallery ݮƵ, curate professional exhibitions, and have the opportunity to exhibit throughout the year. 

Crossley Gallery provides students first-hand experience in working within a professional gallery system.

Our Facilities

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Studios North and the Glen Fine Arts Building

Studios North and the Glen Fine Arts Building are the creative hubs exclusive to the Fine Arts students. The facilities provide students with studio spaces, a common area, and special projects exhibition space.

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Printmaking

The Printmaking Studio is located in the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center. This new space allows for both traditional and cutting-edge printmaking processes, including etching, screenprinting, and lithography, as well as various forms of digital and technology-based printmaking.

The Fine Arts sculpture facility allows access to metal fabrication, welding, various kinds of mold making and casting, wood fabrication, and ceramics as well as digital fabrication.

The Daniel E. Offutt III Wood Shop is a fully equipped, open-access shop available to all ݮƵ students. The Wood Shop has all the equipment needed to make anything from stretcher bars to fine furniture and a helpful staff to answer your questions and offer assistance using all the tools.

The Glass Studio houses a state-of-the-art hot shop for glassblowing and a cold shop for cutting, grinding, and polishing glass. Fine Arts students have exclusive access to courses in this Studio. 

The Digital Fabrication Studio facilitates the realization of digital designs into physical objects through a variety of processes, both 2D and 3D. Students have access to multiple state-of-the-art computer labs across campus, including PC, Mac, and Cintiq stations. Students can use the latest software and technology to further explore their content and push the boundaries of their mediums.

Student Work

Opportunities for students

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Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota Art Museum of ݮƵ College of Art and Design is the region’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art. The Museum offers Fine Arts students the opportunity to directly engage with today’s leading and emerging artists through exhibitions, artist lectures, workshops, and internships.