Fine Arts Major

At Fontbonne, our professors, all professional artists, will help you explore, discover and achieve your creative potential.

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is aimed at those who want to pursue a life as a working artist. You can choose a concentration in ceramics, drawing, design, photography, painting or sculpture, or a studio concentration combining two compatible disciplines.

Final acceptance to the fine arts program is granted after students have taken Junior Synthesis; been reviewed by the faculty and complete the change of major form.

  • Meet Nicole

    Meet Nicole

    Nicole wanted a strong fine arts program without having to move far from home. What she found at Fontbonne was above and beyond her expectations.

    Read more about her.

Fine Arts Program Highlights


  • A broad range of course offerings, many specialized, such as Anatomy for Artists
  • Exploration of both Western and non-Western aesthetic ideas
  • Concentrations allow/require in-depth knowledge of area
  • Fall and spring thesis shows by all graduating students
  • Instructors are all professional, working artists
  • Professional exhibitions at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery



Recent Internships and Projects or Presentations

  • Working artists often come to Fontbonne to give guest lectures or workshops. Past guests have included Andy Brandmeyer, Jane Barrow and Lon Brauer.
  • Students have interned at Anheuser-Busch, Fleischmann-Hilliard, River City Rascals, müv (creative).

Fine Arts Course Samples

  • ART 160

    Art History Survey I

    3 credits

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

  • ART 100

    Beginning Drawing

    3 credits

    Basic skills in life drawing will be covered. The use of line, shape, value, and composition will be explored as tools in visual communication.

  • ART 306

    Modern Art

    3 credits

    The study of trends in contemporary art from 1880 to the present. All visual art forms will be discussed — paintings, sculpture, architecture, photography, and ceramics.

Fontbonne University’s Fine Arts Graduate Successes

  • Julie Deken, MFA Painting 2012, City Farmology, Side Lots Farms, St. Louis MO
  • Metra Mitchell, MFA ’08 — Teaching drawing and design at Forest Park Community College and Maryville University. Exhibitions include shows at PhD Gallery in St. Louis and The Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, Mo.
  • Bill Perry, MFA ’12 — Continuing post-graduate studies in ceramics and drawing at Fontbonne. He has self-published three books, exhibited in numerous shows, and founded and continues to curate an annual juried exhibition of ceramic sculpture for St. Louis high school and college students.
  • Megan Maher ’08 – Creative Director, MRCT Benefits Plus
  • Anthony Overkamp ’06 – Creative Director, Engage Software

Fine Arts Career Opportunities

  • 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.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 |