The Art Department encourages a sense of creative adventure and a stimulation of ideas through image-making. Art students learn to communicate ideas effectively and to value the importance of continual creative development.
The curriculum prepares students for careers in the visual arts or for graduate study. Each student’s performance and individual creativity is developed in classes that rarely exceed more than 20 students. With small classes, students are able to work closely with caring professors to achieve their goals.
Minor in Art
For the minor in art, students have the option to choose from a studio track or an art history track. Coursework may include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and art history.
Minor in Graphic Design
The minor in graphic design provides students with in-depth foundations that help prepare students for careers in advertising, marketing, electronic media/digital arts and public relations.
Minor in Digital Arts
The minor in digital arts prepares students for areas in programming, animation, video manipulation, physical computing and multimedia instillation.
Minor in New Media Production
The minor in new media production provides interdisciplinary studies for interactive media, mobile platforms and the Internet for both commercial and artistic intent.
Studios, Galleries and Visiting Artists
The R.K. Bailey Art Studios opened in fall 2003 and 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.
Within walking distance of campus are the Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa Museum of Art and the Florida Museum
of Photographic Arts. The world’s largest collection of works by
Spanish surrealist Dali is displayed in the new Salvador Dali Museum,
located in nearby St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine
Arts is also a place where masterpieces of the past as well as works by today’s foremost artists are displayed.
All around the Tampa Bay area, galleries, art walks and art fairs are popular venues for art appreciation and entertainment.
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.