Students in the Fairmont State University - Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art program will focus on creative and technical skill-building through exposure to and the practice of various visual arts media and the study of the History of Art.

The FSU Art Department’s faculty is an award winning group of artists, teachers, and scholars. 

They help students to improve their skills in all aspects of art making as they work towards careers in the Visual Arts.

Within the Studio Art program, students can choose one of three exciting area concentration tracks. 

  • 2/D - Drawing/Painting
  • 3/D - Pottery/Sculpture
  • Cross Media – Electronic and Mixed Media

The Studio Art program is appropriate for students who:

  • Want to work as independent artists.
  • Wish to work in fields where creativity is essential.
  • Wish to continue their education in Visual Arts and teaching at the graduate level.

The skills taught in the Studio Art program prepare students for:

  • Work as professional independent artists.
  • Advanced and graduate studies in studio art and related design programs.
  • Corporations which rely on employees who possess creative problem solving skills and artistic talent.
  • Employment in local and regional creative arts centers.
  • Work in Galleries and Museums.

Art Department sponsored opportunities are available for Art Majors to travel to major art museums and galleries.  Past Art Department trips have included:

  • Cleveland – Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art  
  • Pittsburgh – Carnegie Museum of Art, Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory
  • Washington, D.C.  – National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Corcoran Museum
  • Cincinnati – Cincinnati Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center, Taft Museum
  • New York City – Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum

Career Opportunities

The Studio Art major includes a number of general studies requirements which opens graduates up to a number of career possibilities. 

Upon choosing one of the three tracks offered, Studio Art students can start to narrow their artistic interests by further developing their skills which can lead to the careers they’re hoping for after graduation. Options are vast and can include:

  • Painter
  • Electronic Media Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Printmaker
  • Potter
  • Book illustrator/designer
  • Art critic
  • Display painter
  • Gallery Owner
  • Advertising artist
  • Exhibit designer
  • Curator
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FSUNow Stories

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music is announces its 2015-2016 Music on the Hill concert season, featuring four performances on the Fairmont State campus and at First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts announces the cast of its second Youth Company production, “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” 

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” will run Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the main campus.

Cast members for the show are as follows: Paige Krcek, Billy Tobin, Jocelyn Maxwell, Sophia Flower, Trenda Ridgeway, Jasper Brown, Rileigh Fortney, Sidney Apanowicz, Sara Campbell, Miranda Koch, Sydney King, Caroline Maxwell, Marianna Jones, Bella Smith, Franchesca Aloi. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on Sept. 16 the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia.

Fairmont State University was awarded a $6,206 grant in support of bringing the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to the Fairmont campus for two performances. Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Robert Mild, Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts, attended the event in Charleston to officially receive the grant award.

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