Papier mache heads, Fine Arts Sculpture class at Sierra Nevada College

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, Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on 2-D Practices, works on art piece

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

Collyn Aubrey, Bachelor of Fine Arts, stands within piece at exhibition titled In the Waiting Line

Collyn Aubrey

Major: Fine Arts – Interdisciplinary Arts

Class of 2017

At SNC I found a true community of students and teachers, who pushed me to explore beyond traditional boundaries and believe in myself as an interdisciplinary artist. I would never want to experience undergraduate education any other way. . . . 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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