Fine Arts

A Unique Fine Arts Degree

Join a close-knit community of students and faculty making art with passion and intention. Experiment with established methods and new technologies, in small classes and open studios.

Explore the possibilities of visual practice with an interdisciplinary attitude. Build hands-on skills and creative flexibility. Develop practical solutions – and your own unique voice – in the Sierra Nevada College fine arts degree program.


Art Hits the Road at SNC

Road construction met fine art in the Holman Building driveway at the SNC Fine Arts “Sierra Squish“, where oversized woodblocks were printed under pressure by a steamroller.


Art Grounded in Place

Living here at Lake Tahoe is a rare opportunity to be challenged and inspired by your environment, often at the same time. It’s a place of amazing beauty, and of equally amazing access to the outdoors. It’s also a place where humans have pushed up against environmental fragility in obvious ways for a long time.

Finding sustainability – environmental, social, and economic – is an important conversation both on campus and in the Tahoe community.

Art Fed by Community

We think creative interaction is hugely important. You’ll work among students in every discipline. You’ll get feedback from peers and faculty mentors who are interested in your work and your ideas. You’ll exhibit your work in the group Midway Art Portfolio Review and a solo BA or BFA show.

You’ll meet the exciting visiting artists whose work is exhibited in SNC’s four gallery spaces. You might learn about the Italian Renaissance in Italy, Japanese artistic traditions in Japan, or current trends in ceramics at conferences in the US.


Our Students Say It Best . . .

Laura Woodman

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and Art

Class of 2014

Figure skating during my childhood taught me about hard work, determination, and the importance of self confidence. At school, art classes were the only classes I stayed interested in, but at SNC I discovered - by happy chance - my love for psychology. I will reach my dreams of helping others through art; it's only a matter of time. . . . Read More

Brett Wulc

Major: Ceramics

Class of 2015

I found ceramics. I enrolled in the class, bought a wheel three weeks later, and took off from there. . . . Read More


Art Beyond College

We don’t think that being an artist should require starving in a garret. The structure of our fine arts degree mirrors many graduate programs, to directly address the challenges you will face as a working artist.

As you develop your vision into an expressive body of work, explore professional opportunities that fit your creative and personal goals. Graduate from Sierra Nevada College prepared for a satisfying and sustainable future. Ask our alumni!


BFA & Midway Art Portfolio Review



Meet Our Faculty

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