Build and develop your skills and ideas through the daily practice of making, research, discussion, and critique.
The study of fine art places no restrictions on self-expression but instead is characterized by an emphasis on wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, strong craft in the use of a variety of media, and a tireless push toward personal growth and solutions. Whatever the work, the fine art discipline requires the artist to be effective in communicating and leading others. Our rigorous Fine Art program focuses on the core studio areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and digital mixed media as stepping stones to find your personal artistic path.
During junior and senior years, you will work to develop a personal body of work and take two professional practices courses that prepare and expose you to professional opportunities within the creative field. The focus during senior year is on developing a sustained studio practice – as you work independently in your personal studio spaces. By the time you graduate, you’ll feel empowered to take ownership of your ideas and your creations as you share them with the world.
Cassandra Aaron ’22
Why Fine Art at PCA&D?
All of our Fine Art faculty are working professionals who bring real-world experience as artists, jurors, and curators into the classroom, helping you to shape your creative path, seek out opportunities, and develop the practical skills needed to work within the business of fine art and within the creative industry.
With a student-to-teacher ratio of 9-to-1, you’ll get personal instruction that is rare at other colleges and universities. Continual evaluations and critiques, beginning in the sophomore year, assess and promote your technical skills, ideas, and concept development. From the day you enter classes, opportunities to exhibit your work within, and beyond our community, will be at your fingertips. And you’ll learn in the #1 best small city to live in the U.S., in a vibrant arts-rich environment with more than 125 galleries and creative spaces.
Customize your program
PCA&D students have the opportunity to explore multiple interests by incorporating a minor or certificate into your major. Expanding your skill sets to cross disciplines will make you more appealing to future employers and broaden your potential career path.
internships & careers
Where could your creative life take you?
Fine Art students are encouraged to complete an internship the summer before their senior year. An internship will give you the opportunity to explore career possibilities in curation, education, art therapy, mural design, and community practice and more. Students have interned at the Phillips Museum and the Lancaster Creative Factory, among others.
Melanie Vera ’19
Rachel Stork ’21
At PCA&D, we give you the tools, skills, and exposure you need to help your artistic vision mature. We will show you how to commit yourself to a process of personal development. You will learn to think independently, use materials and technology creatively, and stay motivated so that you can realize your dream to become a working artist. Fine Artists can find work as:
- Art Directors
- Art Conservationists
- Gallery Director/Staff
- Art Handlers
- Art Preparators
- Interior Designers
- Arts Program Directors
- Maker-Space Technicians
- Art Studio Techs
- Museum Director/Staff
- Art Teachers
- Print Technicians
- Art Therapists
- Set Designers
- Business Owners
- Screen Printers
- Creative Directors
- Concept Artists
- Studio Artists
- Textile Designers
- Tattoo Artists
- Exhibition Designers
- Floral Designers
- Visual Data Analysts
where are Alumni now?
PCA&D students find work in a wide variety of fields and with prestigious companies and organizations nationally and all over the world.
For Aubrey Maurer, 3D design and sculpture with ceramics have been a natural fit with her artistic leanings. “The handmade element, the 3D element of sculpture expands that flat 2D feel, and it just comes to me.” The 2022 Fine Art BFA graduate has been selected for Millersville University’s Emerging
A faculty of working artists
As experienced working professionals with strong ties to resources and opportunities in the field, your faculty assign competitive, real-world projects to enhance your portfolio with professional work well before you graduate.
Becky Blosser, Department Chair
Becky Blosser earned her MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University in 2007. Through process and printmaking, Becky creates forms that consider supportive and opposing forces in relation to both built natural elements. Becky’s work is included in such collections as the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw GA, and the Janet Turner Print Museum in Chico CA.
Aubrey Mauer ’22
Make your creative life, a way of life
While you’re still deciding on a school, go ahead and start an application or submit your portfolio. You can also register for admissions-related events, or how about a personal campus tour.
Our admission counselors are your personal guides to discover if our creative college is right for you. Reach out, share your story, and have your questions answered.