Figurative Studies

Fontbonne University’s department of fine arts has forged a tradition of teaching figurative art with an emphasis on anatomical study. It continues to be known as the place to study the figure regionally and has become a destination facility for national and international students impressed by the rigor of the program in a time when figurative programs are limited in number. The new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Figurative Studies will offer the same exceptional fine arts education Fontbonne is known for while providing artists with the unique opportunity to focus their studies specifically on the figure.

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    Meet Natalie

    This transfer student found her passion through support from faculty.

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Figurative Studies Program Highlights

  • Structured curriculum leads students to an understanding of anatomy, color, composition and other fundamental principals, all within the disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • Figurative studies forge strong, formal skills. Because the figure is the most challenging form to recreate, learning its nuances shapes stronger artists.
  • Students will develop a sophisticated knowledge of anatomy, as well as an awareness of and appreciation for the conceptual role that the figure takes within contemporary art, as well as the figure’s role throughout art history.
  • Small class and program sizes promote a familial, supportive atmosphere among students and instructors. Learn from your teachers as well as your peers.
  • Professors and instructors bring a wealth of talent and experience as professional artists to the classroom. Adjunct instructors are Fontbonne graduates and have undergone the rigorous training our programs offer.
  • Nationally and internationally known artists visit Fontbonne to give guest lectures and/or exhibit their work in the Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery.
  • A connection with Logan University, a chiropractic school, allows Fontbonne students to learn and explore the figure through anatomical observation.
  • Continue your studies in one of Fontbonne’s graduate programs in fine arts — or leave prepared to thrive in your choice of graduate schools.
  • Fine Arts Gallery

    Fine Arts Gallery

    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. Learn more.

  • Student, Faculty and Alumni Art

    Student, Faculty and Alumni Art

    Discover what our students, faculty and alumni are creating. Learn more.

  • High School Workshops

    High School Workshops

    Fontbonne University annually hosts a summer workshop and Saturday workshop for high school art students. This will be an intense, college level drawing and painting experience for highly motivated juniors and seniors. Learn more.

Figurative Studies Course Samples

  • ART 160

    Art History Survey I

    3 credits

    A survey of Western art and architecture from Paleolithic through Medieval times.

  • ART 300


    3 credits

    Concepts of draftsmanship, involvement with the abstract idea as related to drawing; exploration of various media; perspective and space problems. Extensive work from human figure and nature.

  • ART 305

    Non-Western Art

    3 credits

    This course will cover the art and anthropology of the following areas: the Americas (North and South), the South Pacific, Africa, and the Orient. The course will be offered as a general survey of the above topics, or focus on one specific area per course offering.

Figurative Studies Career Opportunities

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