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Fine Arts

Fine Arts 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 College 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 SNC’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 . . .

SNC BFA in Fine Arts student Cara Close

Cara Close

Major: Fine Arts – Two-Dimensional Practices

Class of 2018

I came back to SNC after many years out of school raising my girls and experiencing life to continue my journey as a fine artist. It has been a wonderful experience to be back in the art department community surrounded by young artists. Although I am more busy than ever, I am also more focused and getting the most from my classes. . . . Read More

Miranda McFarland

Major: Fine Arts – Interdisciplinary Arts

Class of 2017

Why do we need art? For me this will always be the mystery I crave to understand.
Recently my art has been focusing on my body's relationship to my environment. I came up with the idea to dive into the lake, hold my breath, and scratch circular gestures into a copper plate that I take to the studio and make prints. It is these mark makings that become artifacts of my body. I love being an artist. . . . 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 College prepared for a satisfying and sustainable future. Ask our alumni!


BFA & Midway Art Portfolio Review



Meet Our Faculty

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