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

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. 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. 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.


The Conferences


Each year, fine arts students and faculty attend the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and CCACA (California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art) conferences. It’s a great opportunity for students to discover new approaches and make connections.


Art Grounded in Place

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

Finding sustainability – in the arts, in the environment, in society, in economics – is always an important idea around here.

Art Fed by Community


We think creative interaction is hugely important. 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 your 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.

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 . . .

Anza Jarschke, New Genre, Psychology major gives two thumbs up

Anza Jarschke

Major: Fine Arts – New Genres, Psychology

Class of 2013

I began working working as a crisis mental health counselor immediately after graduation. Currently, I manage the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and will be starting an MA in Social Justice and Community Organizing in fall of 2017. Before SNC, I couldn’t comprehend how expansive my future could be. . . . Read More

SNC fine arts student Adrian Pinal-Gonzalez, portrait

Adrian Pinal-Gonzalez

Major: Fine Arts - Three-Dimensional Practices

Class of 2020

I love to create, and to solve the problems that come along with the process of a project. My solution to many problems I encounter is to sketch out what I need to make and create a paper model. Model making greatly helps save the real material. . . . 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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