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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Masquers theatre group will present “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s most popular play, in February in Wallman Hall.

First performed in 1895, the farcical comedy is also a satire on Victorian customs and behaviors. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; Saturday, Feb. 20; Thursday, Feb. 25; Friday, Feb. 26; and Saturday, Feb. 27. The matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. For tickets, call the Box Office at (304) 367-4240.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts is hosting a benefit performance of alumnus Christian Cox’s short, one-act play “Hyena,” produced by M.T. Pockets Theatre. Cox is the Youth Services Librarian for the Fairmont branch of the Marion County Public Library and a graduate of the FSU Communication and Theatre program.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series presents “John Williams: All the Blockbusters,” conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in Colebank Hall on Fairmont State University’s campus in Fairmont.

For advance tickets, call the Box Office at (304) 367-4240. Tickets will be available for sale at the door. Reserved seats are $30; general admission are $20; and student tickets are $5. Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College students can gain admission free of charge with a student ID.

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