Fine Art

The Fine Arts program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design allows students to balance fine arts courses with other academic programs of study by fostering an experimental approach to art-making. The B.A. program is less studio intensive than the B.F.A. Students take coursework across a wide range of studio arts, including ceramics, photography, new media and graphic design. With a foundation in the liberal arts, this program emphasizes a critical and creative relationship between content and form as well as an awareness of art historical connections.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Fine Art at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is a rigorous, studio-based program of study. Students begin freshman year with First Year Studio and studio skills courses in drawing, painting and sculpture. In subsequent semesters, Fine Art Studio and Thesis courses, composed of content-driven assignments, guide students toward an increased understanding of their own artistic practices in relation to the contemporary art world. These allow focused work in any medium of the student’s choosing. Senior year is devoted to the investigation, fabrication and exhibition of thesis projects— the culmination of the student’s professional artistic development. 

What can I expect to learn in the Fine Art program at GW?

The Studio Arts program offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Arts for undergraduate students. Our programs foster a rigorous and experimental approach to artmaking while encouraging students to pursue their creative commitments in the studio and the world. Students may pursue a wide range of studio arts including sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting and drawing and new media.

What is the Fine Art community like at GW?

Students in both the BFA and BA programs of study have an academic home in the Corcoran community, where they will be exposed to design, theatre, dance, music, museum studies and art history. 

What is the Fine Art learning community like at GW?

Studying at a research university further prepares students to respond to the complexity of possibilities facing the contemporary artist. The Studio Arts program emphasizes a critical and creative relationship between content and form, an awareness of historical connections and engagement with the contexts of creative production.

What can I do in the Fine Art field?

Graduates of the program continue practicing as independent artists. Some go on to earn their MFA degrees in order to open up teaching opportunities, while others have secured positions at the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress and Christie’s. Additionally, there are many graduates who have started independent businesses in the arts and crafts field, such as decorative painters, furniture makers and designers.