Fine Arts

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College of Liberal Arts
Fine Arts

Express Yourself Through the Arts

Fine arts are visual and auditory art forms that are created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes. They include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, architecture, music, and literature.

Fine arts are often distinguished from applied arts, which are created with a specific practical function in mind, such as furniture, pottery, and textiles.

The study of fine arts can help us to better understand ourselves and the world around us. It can also teach us important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication.

Fine arts are a valuable part of our culture and society, and they deserve to be nurtured and supported.

Imagine yourself as a professional artist, creating beautiful and meaningful works of art that inspire and amaze others

At BenU, you will learn the fundamental principles of design and composition, and how to use them to create visually appealing and meaningful works of art. You will also develop your creativity and critical thinking skills, and gain a working knowledge of professional practices in the arts.

After graduating from BenU with a Fine Arts degree, you could apply to a graduate program in art history, studio art, or art education. Or, you could start your own career as an artist, designer, or art educator.

No matter what path you choose, a Fine Arts degree from BenU will give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your career and make a difference in the world.

Develop your creativity and artistic skills

A Fine Arts major or minor is the perfect way to develop your creativity and artistic skills. You will learn about the history of art from ancient to modern times, and take foundational coursework in both drawing and design. You will also have the opportunity to choose two 200-level studio courses, allowing you to explore different artistic mediums or focus on developing your skills in one medium.

A Fine Arts major or minor can prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Artist
  • Art teacher
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Museum curator
  • Art historian
  • Art critic
  • Art conservator
  • Art therapist
  • Art administrator
  • Arts advocate

As an artist, you could create and sell your work in galleries, online, or at art fairs. You could also work as a commission artist, creating custom artwork for clients.

As a designer, you could work for a design firm or start your own design business. You could design anything from logos and websites to product packaging and environmental graphics.

As an art educator, you could teach art in public or private schools, or at a museum or community center. You could also work as an art therapist, using art to help people improve their mental and emotional well-being.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Fine Arts program:

  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Computer Art
  • Advanced Photography
  • Advanced Printmaking

Fine Arts courses (FNAR)

Lisle undergraduate course descriptions

Mesa undergraduate course descriptions

Fine Arts, BFA – Mesa

Fine Arts, Minor – Lisle | Mesa


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