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 . . .

Art and Psychology major, Justine Nelson explores a grass field

Justine Nelson

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and Art

Class of 2016

Growing up in the small town of Incline Village has been a blessing in my life, teaching me the importance of connection with my community and the environment. We all have the capability to help each other grow, and my studies at SNC have shown me just how far we reach! . . . Read More

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


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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