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. The Holman Arts & Media Center’s newly renovated and equipped open studios are a light-filled place to try anything and everything.

Explore the possibilities of visual practice with an interdisciplinary attitude. Build hands-on skills and creative flexibility. Develop practical techniques to express 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 – artistic, environmental, social, economic – is always an important conversation around here.

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 . . .

Jessica Hayworth

Major: Fine Arts – Two-Dimensional Practices

Class of 2012

I grew up on comics and illustrations and was heavily inspired by the fine detail of the line work. I was about 8 years old when I knew that art was something that I seriously wanted to pursue. . . . Read More

Ian Wieczorek

Major: Fine Arts – Ceramics

Class of 2016

I graduated in December 2016. A friend and I bought land and a building, and renovated it into ceramic studio, painting studio, glass shop, and a show room. We plan to sell pottery and paintings, and host a farmers' market on the property, and be full time artists. . . . 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