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, 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 . . .

Brett Wulc, Fine Arts major, spinning a ceramic piece on a wheel

Brett Wulc

Major: Fine Arts – Ceramics

Class of 2015

I found ceramics. I enrolled in the class, bought a wheel three weeks later, and took off from there. . . . Read More

Bachelor of Fine Arts student Ian Wieczorek with cartoon self-portrait

Ian Wieczorek

Major: Fine Arts – Ceramics

Class of 2016

I graduated in December 2016. A friend and I bought land and a building, and renovated it into ceramic studio, painting studio, glass shop, and a show room. We plan to sell pottery and paintings, and host a farmers' market on the property, and be full time artists. . . . 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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