You are a creator. You dream of building new worlds using multiple art forms and sculpting an idea to make it reality. Learn about the tools needed to succeed as an artist in courses like 2D Design, 3D Design, Drawing, Photography, and Art History.

A degree in fine arts provides students with experience in problem-solving, creative thinking, and innovation required for many career opportunities in the arts and beyond. Students will gain a working knowledge of art and design principles, skills, and applications to create an awareness of historical and contemporary perspectives.


Students gain professional experience throughout their studies with the guidance of our internationally recognized faculty. They participate in international and local exhibitions, competitions, and projects within the community, work placement, practicums, and internships. Our students graduate with an array of professional experience even before they enter their first job.


Winthrop fine arts faculty are practicing professionals actively working in their field. These art historians, art educators, creative practitioners, and scholars help students to explore and discover the potential within themselves.


“There are many opportunities for practical, professional experiences. The professors are constantly intellectually engaging and provide us with the tools we need to succeed in post-grad life. The open-mindedness of the professors made learning very comfortable in the classroom.” – Class of 2019

“The professional contacts and work experience I gained while still a student—through working for the university gallery system, through in- and out-of-the classroom conversations with my professors, and working collaboratively with peers on special projects and exhibitions such as the department’s annual print exchange—were a great springboard into my current career as an arts administrator, and helped me develop critical skills that I still use on a daily basis.” – Class of 2014

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in studio arts
    • Single discipline concentration (15 credits) or dual discipline concentration (30 credits): ceramics, jewelry/metals, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture; additional subject areas available: drawing, interdisciplinary studio, video.
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in art
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in art education
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in art history
  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in studio art
  • artist
  • curator
  • art educator
  • entrepreneur
  • archivist
  • jewelry designer
  • illustrator
  • gallery/museum director
  • photographer
  • art historian
  • videographer
  • and more


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