The Fine Arts program at USF is dedicated to providing students with traditional and contemporary skills in a studio setting under the guidance and mentorship of professional artists. Our intimate class settings balance group interaction and one-on-one teaching with exposure to galleries, museums, and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students graduate prepared for a variety of professional directions, with course offerings that include in-depth study in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and installation art.
The curriculum is designed to challenge young artists’ imaginations and creativity while providing them with the techniques and tools they will need to realize their career goals. Students explore progressive thinking, social and environmental practices, and learn to value traditional processes of art making. They are also introduced to important practical skills such as writing artist statements and grant proposals, and working in the collaborative process - with students in other departments as well as with community-based organizations.
Beyond the Classroom
Service learning courses provide students the opportunity to work closely with professors creating community-based projects focusing on social justice and cultural diversity. We also offer electives in mural painting, stained glass, color theory, and photography. Visiting artists, field trips, and interdisciplinary study within the larger university setting augments fine art coursework. Students have opportunities to make art on campus, join art clubs, draw from the nude model in extracurricular sessions, and create outdoor art projects in a safe collaborative setting. There is 24-hour key card access to our 2D studio, which supports drawing, printmaking, and painting processes. We also have extensive supervised access to the 3D studio, which includes woodworking, ceramics and mixed media techniques.