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Fine Art

“Art Center’s Fine Art program is designed to nurture each artist’s quest for self-discovery and visual intelligence. It is a journey in which the interplay of the eye, hand and mind release the wonder of the imagination.”

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts

We live in an age where the purpose and meaning of art is regularly challenged. Visual culture is global, values are often contradictory, technology is constantly advancing, the pace of change is accelerating and new forms of art are dissolving boundaries between fine art, mass media, design, film and entertainment.

A meaningful art education must offer more than just a rich understanding of art’s past triumphs. It must provide insight into this generation’s emerging values and question prevailing assumptions for art making. At the same time, it should foster an environment of introspection and innovation. Fine Art students at Art Center see art not only as an expressive pursuit, but as an intellectual inquiry capable of producing knowledge.

Artists make things. At Art Center, we teach students the value of making things well. Our notable faculty includes accomplished artists and scholars who share their insights and a dedication to inspire. Because we are part of arguably the most vital and innovative design school in the country, our students have access to leading designers, sophisticated industrial shops, cutting-edge computer labs, a vast art library and an array of workshops typically not available to students.

Our core Fine Art program emphasizes the creative, conceptual and technical growth of the individual artist through a comprehensive exploration of all genres—painting, photography, sculpture, performance, installation and experimental film/video. Two additional tracks—Fine Art Painting and Illustration and Fine Art Photography and Imaging—allow students to focus their course of study on personal skills and interests.

In January, 2014, the Fine Art department relocated to Art Center's newest South Campus facility at 870 South Raymond Avenue, housed within a light-filled, spectacularly renovated former post office building. Fine Art students will now have access to added classrooms, individual studio spaces, a sculpture yard, an audio-video room and several shared exhibition spaces.

Find out more about our department at fineartartcenter.com

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