Fine Arts, B.A.

Follow your passion, and gain breadth and mastery as a studio artist. In Vermont State University’s Fine Arts degree program, you’ll begin with hands-on coursework in the foundational areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital media.

As a Fine Arts student, you’ll develop your skills as a practicing artist in a supportive community to build a rewarding career in the arts.

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Phil Whitman

Associate Professor of Art


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Why Study Fine Arts at Vermont State?

  • Space for Every Creative Impulse: Enjoy time and space to explore your artistic vision. You’ll have access to studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking. Additional resources include a photography darkroom, woodshop, welding area, carving benches, outdoor space for sculptural installations, and exclusive studio space for art majors. You’ll also have access to state-of-the-art computer labs for graphic design and digital photography. 
  • Access to Faculty Mentors: Get one-on-one attention as you develop your skills and your unique artistic vision. Our excellent student-to-faculty ratio means you’re part of a community where you are known and supported throughout your studies. Our faculty are practicing artists who can help guide you toward success as a professional in the field. 
  • Early Career Momentum: Graduate with a professional portfolio and established cadence of work. You’ll carry that developed body of artwork and studio practice directly into a visual arts career.
  • Pathway to teaching: Share your passion for art with the next generation as a teacher. You can combine your B.A. in Fine Arts with additional coursework in education and graduate ready to apply for state licensure for art education jobs.  
  • Exhibition Opportunities: Reach an audience with your creative vision. As a student, you’ll exhibit your artwork in art galleries around our campuses. You’ll also have ample opportunities to showcase your work, both in group and solo exhibitions, in local and regional galleries stretching throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond.  

Concentrations in Fine Arts, B.A.

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Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Media Arts  
  • Introduction to Painting  
  • Art Since 1945 
  • Art of the Human Body 

Student Stories

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“The art program was the perfect environment for me to grow as a person and into my own as an artist and educator. Being part of a community art project was life-changing and helped me meet a lot of area artists.”

Kristen Partesi

Meet Our Faculty

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Professor of Art History and Program Director of MFA in Studio Arts

  • Johnson Campus

Professor, Animation Illustration Program Coordinator, Graphic Design Program Coordinator

  • Lyndon Campus

Associate Professor of Art

  • Castleton Campus

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