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The arts are vital to cultural expression; they enrich our lives while challenging and broadening our views of the world. The fine arts faculty foster an educational environment that encourages creativity, individual growth, and meaningful expression. They provide interdisciplinary approaches to the practice of art and the study of visual culture. At WSU, students have the opportunity to put their ideas into form while becoming visually literate, historically grounded, and familiar with the diversity of arts and cultures worldwide.
The University offers courses of study leading to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in fine arts or a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.). You can specialize in any of several creative areas:
- Art history/visual culture
- Digital media
- Strengths of the program
- Opportunities for internships, study abroad, and personal interaction with faculty.
- The Forst Visiting Artist Endowment brings diverse artists to the Pullman campus for interactive residencies with students each semester.
- Close relationship with the WSU Museum of Art, one of the top five museums in the Northwest, including annual faculty and M.F.A. thesis exhibitions.
- WSU undergraduate students manage one of the department's two galleries in Pullman and assist faculty with the Art Center on the Tri-Cities campus.
- Art history faculty whose research engages relevant twenty-first-century issues with an international breadth.
- Studio faculty who are practicing artists and scholars and exhibit regularly in the Northwest, nationally, and internationally.
- State-of-the-art facilities for metal and wood fabrication, ceramics, printmaking, black-and-white photography, and digital media (two Mac labs).
- Careers in fine arts
An undergraduate fine arts degree prepares students for rewarding careers in film, video, or sound production; media and web design; studio photography; public relations; public arts and nonprofit arts programs; and more.
Some students earn advanced degrees after graduation to teach at the K-12 or college/university levels (WSU does not offer teacher certification in art education) or work in museums as curators.
What you can do with a degree in fine arts:
- Art appraisals
- Art history
- Museum, gallery curator
- Film, video, sound production
- Media and web design
- Public relations
- Studio art, photography
- Public arts and nonprofit art programs
Skills you can market with a degree in fine arts:
- Techniques and theories of studio production
- Knowledge of art history
- Ability to communicate ideas and concepts through the production of art
- Effective written and oral communication
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Intellectual curiosity
- Time management and organization
- Ability to work solo or as a team member
- Reading and listening comprehension
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For art majors
The College of Arts and Sciences awards more than $50,000 in scholarships each year. For more information, see the CAS scholarships page.
- Bachelor of fine arts (BFA)
The bachelor of fine arts is a professionally oriented degree program. Certified BFA majors select art courses in a major area of emphasis (broadly defined) and can use elective credits to specialize or do interdisciplinary exploration. Each student also prepares a written thesis and participates in a BFA degree exhibition at the WSU Museum of Art during the final semester of study.
- Bachelor of arts in fine arts
The bachelor of arts (BA) in fine arts is a flexible liberal arts degree program that allows students to combine fine arts with other subjects. Students have opportunities to double major or earn a minor from another academic department (a total of at least 48 credits in fine arts is required).