Are you an artist seeking to refine your talents, explore new techniques, and learn how to make a living doing what you love? If so, the University of Central Arkansas Fine Arts major can provide you with the skills and experience you need to become a practicing professional artist, graphic designer, photographer, or gallery or museum curator. Our program thrives through a philosophy of personal commitment and self-discipline, combined with deep exploration of artistic techniques, concepts, and processes. We encourage our students to think creatively and develop visual dialogues in their work, and provide them with historical context specific to their interests.
As a Fine Arts major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special, which is why our university is designated as a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Just a few benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty whose commitment to the arts and their students facilitates a nurturing and supportive environment, while challenging students, both artistically and academically. They work with students to develop an individualized art life plan, which helps students to plan toward employment in their chosen medium. Instructors are on the pulse of the local artistic community and engage students in this network to expose them to new forms and functions of art as well as local professional artists, who share their experiences and expertise.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts Program students interested in taking a more comprehensive and challenging approach to their degree have the opportunity to apply for our BFA program at the end of sophomore year. This intensive program provides distinct avenues for expression through ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Particularly lucrative among these major options is the robust graphic design degree, which can be put to use in a multiplicity of career fields, including business advertising with graphic design firms or in-house graphics departments within larger companies.
- Hands-On Learning through a transformative, required internship program that pairs students with nationally renowned artists both in Little Rock and across the country to expand their field experience and provide them with contacts in the art community. Some of our recent internship sites have included: Square 360 (New York design firm), Habitat for Humanity (in-house graphics department), the Clay Studio (Philadelphia), Art Machine (Culver City, CA), as well as with nationally known artists and graphic designers in New York, San Francisco, Columbus, and Austin.
- Professional Exposure to practicing artists from the community and around the nation as UCA attracts many artists to campus, both as guest speakers and through our Artists in Residence program, which brings professional visual artists to the UCA campus to provide lectures and exhibits that enlarge awareness and appreciation of the arts, and provide students with workshops, master classes, and critiques. Additionally, UCA houses two art galleries: the Baum Gallery, which displays artwork from regionally and nationally known artists and hosts senior exhibits (a required capstone in the BFA program), as well as an annual student art competition; and the Black Box Gallery, which is an entirely student-run gallery, featuring two juried student shows and exhibiting five to six shows of student work each year.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Fine Arts major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/art/programs-and-degrees/.