Challenge your imagination and define your point-of-view with techniques and tools that will last a lifetime. The Fine Arts curriculum is designed to spark progressive thinking, promote social justice and cultural diversity, and celebrate the processes of art-making.

Major in Fine Arts

The Fine Arts major is dedicated to providing students with both traditional and modern skills as they address established and contemporary concepts in a studio setting under the guidance and mentorship of professional artists. Course offerings include in-depth study in diverse painting and drawing media, sculpture in wood, ceramics, fiber and mixed media, indoor and outdoor installation, a variety of printmaking techniques, mural, stained glass, and a senior portfolio class.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • gain solid historical knowledge of the objects of art and principal artists of all major periods, and their associated theories, analysis, and criticism, including a broad understanding of the cultural diversity of art movements from prehistoric times through contemporary culture, both locally and globally
  • gain an understanding of basic visual principles, concepts, media, and formats in the various fine art disciplines, and the ability to apply them to meet a specific objective, including an ability to think critically and propose creative solutions to aesthetic problems
  • gain a deep appreciation and knowledge of how to use their skills to work with diverse communities both locally and globally to create social change, including the acquisition of professional skills that will serve them as post-graduate students, professional practitioners, educators, and community leaders
  • gain knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, technologies, and processes sufficient to conduct advanced research or project work, including the mastery of bibliographic research and understanding of the digital tools and processes necessary to develop that research

Meet Your Mentor

Small class sizes allow our faculty to mentor students in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and community based-art. As active members of the San Francisco Bay Area arts community, our faculty also connect students to local projects and professional opportunities.

Art Around the Bay

From world-class museums to local galleries to open studios, find inspiration in a vibrant San Francisco Bay Area arts scene. Looking for something a little more hands-on? Many of our professors offer assistantships for their own shows — giving students the chance to experience installing, organizing, or promoting a local art exhibit.

Beyond the Studio

Service learning opportunities, visiting artist workshops, field trips, and core curriculum coursework supplements and strengthens the work students complete in the studio. The major culminates in Senior Studio, a course designed to give students the practical skills to find, fund, and promote their work in communities around the country.

Space to Create

Fine Arts students gain 24-hour access to a 2D studio and extensive supervised access to a 3D studio, which includes woodworking, ceramics, and mixed media techniques. Students also have a variety of opportunities to create art on campus, including art clubs, extracurricular figure drawing sessions, and collaborative outdoor projects.

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