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 foundation courses act as a support for and bridge to upper level visual arts areas within the Department of Art.
- Each of the courses is taught by 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 camaraderie 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.
The majority of upper-level courses in your major/concentration are taught by full-time faculty 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.
BFA or B.A. in Art
BFA in Graphic Design
B.A. in Art Therapy
B.A. in Museum Studies
Art MinorGraphic Design MinorTherapeutic Art Minor
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:
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 Meridian Scholar, 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, photography studio and darkroom; an outdoor art workspace; a sculpture display area; and classrooms. The expansive, contemporary building accommodates growth in art programs at the University.
The Saunders Fine Arts Center provides a 13,000-square-foot space housing studios devoted to painting, ceramics and sculpture, as well as the wood shop and metal fabrication and foundry areas.
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 Meridian Scholar 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.
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.