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What Sets Us Apart

Our Foundations Program is intended to provide a solid experience of concepts, methods and issues that are common throughout a wide variety of art and design disciplines. The Foundations program encourages students to acquire essential technical, conceptual and theory-based skills for their development as visual arts professionals. You will experience interdisciplinary, traditional and innovative approaches to artistic production through various forms and materials. Each course will challenge and inspire you to translate your ideas across 2D, 3D and 4D modes. The Foundations courses acts as a support for and bridge to upper level visual arts areas within the Department of Art.

  • Each of the courses is taught by full-time faculty who are professional artists. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight and direction early in your development. 
  • One section of each of the five Foundations courses are reserved for first-year majors only, ensuring you get the classes you need during your first year of study, preparing you for success in your field and on track to graduate in four years. This also promotes a sense of comradery and family as your first year art courses are taken with the same cohort of like-minded peers.
  • You have 24-hour access to the art studios, to grant you space and time to work outside of class, according to your rhythm and needs.

Majors

The majority of upper-level courses in your major/concentration are taught by full-time faculty; we have one full-time faculty in each major area, so we get to know you on a personal-level and spend time one-on-one mentoring you on your future career goals and aspirations. The department prides itself on high-quality individualized instruction, focusing on the personal growth and the personal achievements of each student, to ensure educational growth and success. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art  
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design  
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts  
Bachelor of Arts in Art, with Art Therapy Concentration   
Bachelor of Arts in New Media Production (interdisciplinary)

Minors

Minor in Art
Minor in Animation
Minor in Digital Arts
Minor in Graphic Design
Minor in New Media Production
Minor in Painting
Minor in Sculpture, Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Media
Minor in Therapeutic Art

Visiting Artist Program

We bring the world of art and design to you with our Visiting Artist Program as we work with many renowned artists, who exhibit and discuss their own work, participate in critiques of student work and lead two- to three-day intensive workshops. This provides the opportunity for you to collaborate hands on with these professionals. Recent visiting artists include:

Experiential Learning

We bring you into the art and design world. Our faculty value experiential learning; we engage you in and outside the classroom in many ways. We attend openings and events with you at many local galleries, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, Salvador Dali Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art, which is in walking distance from campus just over the river. Our students enjoy free entry to the Tampa Museum of Art, and some classes are scheduled in the museum.  

The curriculum also offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the major art and design scene in New York City. ART 292 Art Immersion: NYC Travel Course is a week-long travel experience led by faculty in art and graphic design. On location, you will visit galleries, museums, several of the largest international art fairs and participate in specialized visits to the working studios of prominent artists, graphic design firms and agencies. You will also have the opportunity to participate in faculty led travel courses that culminate with two weeks in Europe; previous destinations have included Amsterdam, London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Prague, Brussels and Berlin.

As an upper-level student, you may participate in STUDIO-f, an innovative program that introduces nationally and internationally known artists to the community. Artists are on campus for a two-week intensive print collaboration. You have the opportunity to be directly involved with preparation, production and post-production work with the master printer and the artist.
Highlights of the program included:

The R.K. Bailey Art Studios provides a 30,000-square-foot space for drawing, printmaking, painting and ceramics; an art library, photography laboratory and darkroom; an outdoor art workspace; a sculpture display area; and classrooms. The expansive, contemporary building accommodates growth in art programs at the University.

R.K. Bailey Art Studios is also home to the University’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, which exhibits student and professional work. Since 1990, the Galleries have hosted an innovative STUDIO-f visiting artist program that brings to campus such prominent artists as Sam Gilliam, Louisa Chase, Ed Paschke and Audrey Flack. Students can meet and learn from these professional artists.

The department shares a state-of-the-art computer lab with the communication department that is used for the creation of digital media and video production. This Apple server-based facility boasts 40 Mac computers and is used for classes and independent work by students.

Scholarships

To be considered for an art scholarship, students should submit a portfolio by Feb. 1. The portfolio should consist of 10 examples of the student's best work from any combination of media with some examples of drawings. The drawings submitted should not be from photographs, but observed from life. 

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The University of Tampa’s art department offered several different exploratory courses, which encouraged me to experiment while using different mediums in order to find my calling. The entire faculty was very helpful and encouraging and there was a very strong sense of community in the art department."

— Allison Nill ’16, art major