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Phone  (850) 599-3831
Fax  (850) 599-8417

Department of Visual Arts, Humanities and Theatre
515 Orr Drive
208 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Visual Arts Program

Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center
1630 -1640 Pinder Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Main Office (850) 599-3161
Fax (850) 599-8761
Fine Arts Gallery (850) 412-5478

2016 PINNACLE National Juried Art Exhibition
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"Our students excel at the best graduate schools in the country"

Students in Visual Arts are directed in studio production through a variety of 2D, 3D and digital coursework.  Behind each student artwork lies countless hours of research, critical reflection and the application of skills acquired in the classroom. The encouragement of a cross-pollination of traditional media and digital technology is strongly encouraged and often utilized.
  • The Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts requires a foreign language (12 hours) which prepares students' pursuit of advanced degrees in art history, art administration and art criticism.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree allows for more studio work in preparation for professional studio-based careers and / or graduate school.
All Fine Arts majors are required to have a formal exhibition or oral presentation of creative work during their last semester of residence. Students are expected to work closely with their advisor and the exhibition committee to fulfill this requirement.


What We Value

To create an environment that exposes students to real world experiences and challenges their perception of the way they view the art world and themselves as practitioners.  The focus is to make the department a student-centered vessel for exploration and collaboration with a concentration on the core foundation of traditional fine arts with a modern day technology enhancement. In other words we are a "TraDigital Art" Department.
Our Objective

The objective of the Visual Arts department is to become the number one HBCU producer of art administrators (curators, museum directors), art educators, art historians and creative designers and thinkers (animation, fashion design, art directors) in the Southeast.  These areas historically lack the representation of African-Americans and other minorities, which Florida A&M University serves.

Why Do We Exist?

Visual Arts exists because artists / creative thinkers are major contributors to our everyday existence.  Creative industries and entrepreneurship are a major force in our world and the concept of “university” is incomplete without these free thinkers and creators of visual thought.  Visual arts cultivates critical thinking,  hands on experiences and since World War II, college departments of visual art in America have played a major role in cultivating visual artists but more particularly at FAMU.

What Can We Offer Our Students?

The Visual Arts Program offers experience-based learning.  From inception, students are challenged with time management and how to rethink how they construct and view artwork in Fundamentals of Design whilst re-examining their ability and learning new ways to draw in a foundation level drawing class during their first year of residence.  Student portfolios are evaluated annually as to keep them on pace to matriculate with a high degree of artistic dexterity.  In this program students will not only learn how to create art, but they will acquire experience in the field and meet working professionals in the visual arts world.  Forthcoming students will be are required to complete an internship as part of the curriculum.