Set yourself free with a visual arts degree

With the help of professors who’ll be there for you

Whether you’re interested in painting or video, sculpture, photography, printmaking or ceramics, there’s a place for you here in Florida.

Our Visual Arts program teaches you the fundamentals and then sets you free to pursue your own passion. We even offer personal studio space for up to 15 qualified students for 24/7 work. Liberal arts courses will round out your education; accessible professors will support you every step of the way.

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Exhibit experience

All Visual Arts majors put on one- or two-person exhibitions on our Florida campus during senior year.

High-caliber faculty

Brian Ransom, internationally-known ceramist, integrates physics (acoustics), chemistry (glaze) and knowledge of cultural anthropology (Peruvian water whistling vessels) into his ceramic instruments.

Kirk Ke Wang exhibits his work in museums, galleries and private collections in the U.S. and Asia, including the National Gallery in Beijing.

Arthur Skinner has won multiple awards for his teaching, including the John M. Bevan and Robert A. Staub awards.

David Gliem lectures about art nationally and internationally and encourages students to view their work through the lens of art history.

Visual Arts major Michael Specht ’11

In Their Own Words

“I remember, as a prospective student, introducing myself to Visual Arts Professor Arthur Skinner for the first time. He immediately started talking about my artwork! He not only knew my name from my application, but he was able to have a deep conversation about multiple photographs I had taken. I knew then that this was the college for me. But this small interaction was no one-off experience. All the professors I worked with throughout my time at Eckerd are what made my college experience extraordinary. Each professor is a true expert in his or her field and completely dedicated to helping guide students and facilitate growth.”
–Michael Specht ’11
Camera Image Quality Engineer, Apple

Beyond the Classroom

Take your pick of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Salvador Dalí Museum and The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg or the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.

Every Visual Arts major puts on a full exhibition in Elliott Gallery their senior year, either solo or as a two-person show.

Take a three-week Winter Term course in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Cuba or Peru or study Art History in London for an entire semester. Or spend your January creating photography, jewelry, ceramics or weaving at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

Study Abroad Pics on Flickr

Students have painted a mural for the Alzheimer’s Unit at the Westminster Suncoast Nursing Home in South St. Pete. Our Visual Arts students also volunteer at Creative Clay downtown.

Service Pics on Flickr

Popular classes

New Genre Art

Study and create art in the newest 4d media – installation, video, sound and concept.

Experimental Film and Video

Produce your own experimental films and videos and exhibit work for the college community.

Facilities

Our Media Studio features Mac and PC video editing workstations, digital video cameras, HD camera, steady/Glidecam camera support, camera crane and editing software.

Coming fall 2017! The bold new Center for Visual Arts will feature:

  • Studios for printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and digital arts
  • Semiprivate studio space for up to 28 students
  • A ceramics and sculpture yard
  • Digital lab
  • Two galleries
  • Plaza and patios
Rendering of new Visual Arts building showing its unique layout and waterfront location in Florida

What can I do with a visual arts degree?

  • Architect
  • Art director
  • Arts Management
  • Community-based arts program director
  • Fashion designer
  • Gallery owner
  • Graphic designer
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Potter
  • Sculptor
  • Theatre set designer
  • Urban planner

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