What will I learn?

The arts are vital to cultural expression; they enrich our lives while challenging and broadening our views of the world. The fine arts faculty fosters an environment of creativity, individual growth, and meaningful expression. We provide interdisciplinary approaches to the practice of art and the study of visual culture. Students have the opportunity to put their ideas into form while becoming visually literate, historically grounded, and familiar with the diversity of arts and cultures worldwide.

The Department of Fine Arts provides a diversity of experiences in the visual arts:

Art history/visual culture
Ceramics
Digital media
Drawing
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture

Students interested in preparing for high-school and primary-grade art teaching may pursue a B.A. or a B.F.A. degree for their subject matter preparation. However, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not offer a certification program in art education.

Strengths of the program

Learn from studio faculty who are practicing artists and scholars and exhibit regularly in the Northwest, nationally, and internationally.
Art history faculty whose research engages relevant 21st century issues with an international breadth.
The Forst Visiting Artist/Scholar Endowment brings diverse artists to the Pullman campus for various interactions with students each semester.

Undergraduate students manage one of the department's two galleries in Pullman and assist with the Art Center on the Tri-Cities campus.
State-of-the-art facilities for metal and wood fabrication, ceramics, printmaking, black-and-white photography, and digital media.

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts

General Studio Option

The bachelor of arts in fine arts degree program allows the flexibility to develop interdisciplinary combinations within a broad liberal arts degree. Students have opportunities to double major or earn a minor from another academic department.

Art History Option

The bachelor of arts in fine arts art history option offers a broad exposure to the history of the visual arts. Students begin with foundation survey courses, the History of World Art (FA 201 and FA 202), and then take upper-division courses to consider art from specific cultures and historical time periods. In these specialized courses, students gain familiarity with contextual issues concerning the production and consumption of art. They develop research and writing skills necessary to think critically about art and visual culture. Students are also introduced to basic aspects of studio production to enhance their visual skills and knowledge of material practices. Students complete their studies by writing a thesis paper and developing knowledge of one foreign language.

Careers in fine arts

What you can do with a degree in fine arts

• Artist

• Art historian

• Designer

• Museum and gallery professional

• Educator

• Research specialist

• Film, video, and sound artist, designer, or technician

• Public arts administrator or curator

Skills you can market with a degree in fine arts

• Techniques and theories of studio production

• Knowledge of art history

• Ability to communicate ideas and concepts through the production of art and design

• Effective visual, written, and oral communication

• Critical thinking and problem solving

• Cultural awareness and sensitivity

• Intellectual curiosity

• Time management and organization

• Ability to work independently or as a group member

• Visual, reading, and listening comprehension

Majors

  • Art History
  • General Studio Option

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,312.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Washington State University

370 Lighty Student Services Building,

PULLMAN,

Washington,

99164, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be considered for admission to Washington State University as a freshman, a student needs to complete at least 12 years of school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. (We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.); Schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences; WSU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission as an international freshman.

For international students

To be considered for admission to Washington State University as a freshman, a student needs to complete at least 12 years of school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. (We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.)

Schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences.

WSU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission as an international freshman.

TOEFL: 80; IELTS: 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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