The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art is the primary undergraduate degree offered by the department of fine arts.
Beyond fundamental courses, classes are taught in the Academy style, with students from all levels in the same class. This offers the opportunity to learn from peers as well as more advanced students. With the departmental emphasis on the figurative, skills and techniques are stressed, providing the basis for creative exploration, as well as instilling the idea of continual learning. Classes are small, allowing for much interaction between students and the instructor, and students and their peers.
Students engage in a medium in depth as their studio concentration: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography or sculpture. This concentration allows for both broad and deep exploration of the medium, building skills in creating work from initial conception to finished pieces. While the majority of their studio work will be in their concentration, the program’s design allows for and encourages explorations in a variety of media. Courses provide instruction on the business end of making art, such as the presentation of artwork for exhibition, portfolio preparation and preparations necessary for gallery representation.
With a faculty of working artists, an ongoing visiting artist program, and an active gallery, opportunities are present for students to interact with professionals in the art world outside of the classroom, an important factor for artists at any level.
Fontbonne University Gallery of Art’s mission is to encourage and support the artist and the education of the visual arts in the community through its exhibitions and programs.