With the help of professors who’ll be there for you
Whether you’re interested in ceramics or sculpture, drawing or painting, photography or video, printmaking or art history, 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 seven semiprivate student studios for 24/7 work within our 33,000-square-foot Nielsen Center for Visual Arts.
Liberal arts courses will round out your education; accessible and passionate professors will support you every step of the way.
Senior thesis exhibitions
All Visual Arts majors put on one- or two-person exhibitions in one of our galleries. Look for senior theses listed on our Visual Arts Events calendar!
Brian Ransom, internationally-known ceramist, integrates physics (acoustics), chemistry (glaze) and knowledge of cultural anthropology (Peruvian water whistling vessels) into his ceramic instruments.
Arthur Skinner ’72 has won multiple awards for his teaching, including the John M. Bevan and Robert A. Staub awards.
Kirk Ke Wang exhibits his work in museums, galleries and private collections in the U.S. and Asia, including the National Gallery in Beijing.
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
Every Visual Arts major puts on a full exhibition in Elliott Gallery their senior year, either solo or as a two-person show.
Students have painted a mural for the Alzheimer’s Unit at the Westminster Suncoast Nursing Home in South St. Petersburg. Our Visual Arts students also volunteer at Creative Clay downtown. All students are asked to take at least one designated Reflective Service Learning course, which includes at least 20 hours of service, before graduation, either on campus or internationally.Service Pics on Flickr
New Genre Art
Study and create art in the newest 4d media – installation, video, sound and concept.
Experimental Film and Video
In this course you’ll produce your own experimental films and videos, exhibiting your work for the college community. You’ll also study the history and theory of these relatively new art fields.
What can I do with a visual arts degree?
- Art director
- Arts Management
- Community-based arts program director
- Fashion designer
- Gallery owner
- Graphic designer
- Theatre set designer
- Urban planner
Where our visual arts majors go to graduate school
- Claremont Graduate University
- Lesley University
- Maryland Institute College of Art
- Pacific Northwest College of Art
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago: SAIC
- The San Francisco Art Institute