Program Overview

Join a community of thinkers and dynamic makers at West Chester University. Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art program cultivate a distinct visual point of view as they prepare for careers as creative professionals. The program begins with a strong foundation in Drawing, 2D, and 3D Design, Color Theory, and Art History, and introduces students to a wide range of skills. Our students learn the value of continued experimentation and dedication to process and craft to ultimately create their best work. Upper-level courses are offered in a variety of disciplines including Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, and Printmaking, where students advance their techniques, increase cultural awareness, and are encouraged to pursue their unique artistic visions. All of our professors are luminaries in their respective fields and strive to connect the students to a host of art-related communities, regionally and beyond, and provide the depth of knowledge in professional practices that is critical for success. Seniors focus on the development of their capstone project which is exhibited in the annual BFA exhibition.

 

Program Highlights

  • National Association of Schools for Art and Design (NASAD) accredited

  • Travel abroad opportunities, (study painting in France!)

  • Frequent museum excursions to NYC, DC, Philadelphia, all within a short travel distance and accessible by day trip

  • Opportunities to attend professional conferences, such as National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

  • Participation in the BFA Exhibition

  • Internship Opportunities with renowned regional artists and within the department

  • Student exhibitions both on and off campus

  • Opportunities to study abroad with WCU Faculty and Students
 

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni are everywhere! You can find them at the auction block at Sotheby's on the set of Antiques Roadshow, as exhibiting artists, art therapists, faculty members, and conservators at museums nationwide. Here is just a brief listing of opportunities for BFA graduates:

  • Fine Artist
  • Toy Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Tattooist
  • Studio Technician
  • Fabricator
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Set Designer
  • Scenic Artist
  • Prop Designer
  • Photographer
  • Production Assistant / Manager
  • Production Potter
  • Product Designer
  • Sculptor
  • Printmaker
  • Painter
  • Studio Ceramic Artist
  • Portrait Artist
  • Picture Framer
  • Museum / Gallery Registrar
  • Museum / Gallery Administrator
  • Museum / Gallery Curator
  • Museum / Gallery Preparator
  • Muralist
  • Mosaic Designer
  • Mold Maker
  • Model Maker
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Film Concept Artist
  • Food Stylist
  • Foundry Worker
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Owner / Director
  • Graphic Novelist
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Creative Director
  • Art Handler
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher / Professor
  • Art Therapist
  • Artisan / Craftsperson
  • Cake Decorator
  • Digital 3D Modeler
  • Environmental Designer

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NEWSWORTHY

Professor Kate Stewart’s (Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing) mural design was chosen as one of 14 new commissioned murals throughout the city of Harrisburg for the 2019 Mural Fest in Harrisburg PA. She was also an Artist-in-Residence at the Golden Paint Foundation Exploratory Artist Residency, 2019, and an Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, 2018.

Professor Andrew Snyder, Associate Professor of Ceramics, will be exhibiting his work and lecturing on his innovative Low Fire Porcelain research at this year’s National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts Conference in Richmond VA.

Brandon Spector, ‘12
Artist and Craftsperson at George Nakashima Woodworkers, New Hope PA

Kathy Drake ‘14
Auction Manager at Sotheby’s NYC

Sara Yourist ’14
Arts education coordinator, instructor: York, PA
Production assistant: Antiques Roadshow, Harrisburg, PA
Practicing Artist with exhibition and commission history

Leila Sabouni ‘14
Masters in Art Conservation ’19, Winterthur / University of Delaware
Advanced Level Intern, Smithsonian Museum
Conservator – Winterthur / National Park Service / Augustus Saint Gaudens historic home and studio

Jennifer Hartz ‘14
MFA Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts ‘17
Program Director CCarts
Artist Residency: Poconos, PA
Exhibition: Confluence, Forge and Finish Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (participating artist and curator)
Upcoming solo exhibition: Lancaster, PA

Samantha Diamond ‘14
2017 MFA from Moore College of Art
Exhibiting Artist
Ceramics Instructor, Chester County Art Association
Studio Technician, Department of Art + Design, WCU
2016 International Sculpture Center Outstanding Award for Contemporary Sculpture
Instructor of Ceramics, WCU

Sarah Hanson ’14
Personal Practice Art Therapist
Masters in Art Therapy, Lesley University
Ceramics Instructor, Chester County Art Association

Olivia Everett ’15
Exhibiting Artist
Ceramics Instructor, Chester County Art Association
National Work Exchange Recipient, Clay Studio of Philadelphia

Rosemary Campellone ‘15
Exhibiting Artist
National Work Exchange Recipient, Clay Studio of Philadelphia
Studio Manager, Wayne Art Center

Alexis Ledner ‘16
Masters in Art Therapy, Marywood University ’19
Counselor, Jill K Harle Counceling, Quakertown PA

Samantha Dejneka ‘15
Visual Manager, Anthropologie, Rockefeller Center NYC

Rachel Barron ‘15
MFA Boston University ’18
Administrative Assistant, Cadogan Tate Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Artist-in-Residence, Eastside International ESXLA