Overview

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
Model Schedule(s): 

FSUNow Stories

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts will present a Benefit Concert for the Marion County Child Advocacy Center on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. in Wallman Hall Theatre. All proceeds benefit the Marion County CAC. Admission is $4 per person and will be collected at the door.

For more information, contact Leigh Anne Bolyard, Director of the FSU Academy for the Arts, at (304) 333-3655.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

You could call the Town & Gown Players theatre trailblazers. When Fairmont State launched its summer theatre program in the summer of 1960, it was the first of its kind in West Virginia.

Jo Ann Lough and Lawrence Wallman of the Fairmont State (then College) Department of Speech and Dramatics led the launch of the Players that began with one production that year, the hit British comedy “The Reluctant Debutante,” directed by Lough.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts recognized students for their scholarship at the Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

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