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Fine Arts Degree

Fine Arts Degree Majors

A Unique Fine Arts Degree

Get your fine arts degree in a close-knit community of students and faculty making art with passion and intention. Experiment with established methods and new technologies, practical techniques and creative flexibility.

The Holman Arts & Media Center’s newly renovated and equipped open studios are a light-filled place to try anything and everything. Explore the freedom of visual practice with an interdisciplinary attitude in the Sierra Nevada University fine arts degree program.


Art Fed by Community

We think creative interplay is hugely important. Whether you concentrate in Two-Dimensional or Three-Dimensional Practices, Digital Arts, or Interdisciplinary Art, you’ll get your fine arts degree among students in every discipline. You’ll get feedback from peers and faculty mentors who are interested in your work and ideas. You’ll exhibit your work in the Midway Art Portfolio Review and annual group Student Show. BFA candidates all finish with a solo show in one of our main galleries.

It doesn’t all happen in the studio.

Meet the exciting visiting artists whose work is exhibited in SNU’s four gallery spaces. Add a minor in Music to expand your portfolio. Learn about the Italian Renaissance in Italy, Japanese artistic traditions in Japan, or current trends in ceramics at conferences in the US. Contrast the amazing beauty and equally amazing outdoor adventures of Lake Tahoe with the dramatic expanse of the high desert.


Our Students Say It Best . . .

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

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Julia Hart

Major: Fine Arts – Interdisciplinary Arts, MA in Teaching

Class of 2021

Transferring to SNC was the best decision I’ve made for my educational career. I’ve made friendships that I know will last a lifetime, and I feel that I am truly learning from the best possible individuals for my art degree. . . . Read More


Art Beyond College

We don’t think that being an artist should require starving in a garret. Our fine arts degree program addresses the challenges you will face as a working artist with a structure that mirrors graduate programs.

Develop your vision into an expressive body of work. Explore professional opportunities that fit your creative and personal goals. Graduate from Sierra Nevada University prepared for a satisfying and sustainable future. Ask our alumni!


BFA & Midway Art Portfolio Review



Meet Our Faculty

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