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Set yourself free with a visual arts degree

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!

Stellar faculty

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

“Studying visual arts at Eckerd allowed me to learn how to express myself. I was shy my freshman year and raised to believe that all the good artists were of the past. But Eckerd was a place where my peers and professors encouraged me to learn more, try harder and reach new goals with different kinds of mediums and forms of self-expression. For any incoming high schoolers that want an art degree, Eckerd’s art program provided one on one meetings, meaningful critiques from peers, and the ability to have a studio space, which all gave me the chance to hone in on my new skills. Getting my MFA is next.”
—Sam DuBois ’24

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. 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
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Popular classes

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.


The bold new Center for Visual Arts features:

  • Printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture & digital arts studios
  • Semiprivate studio space for up to 28 students
  • A ceramics and sculpture yard
  • Digital lab
  • Two galleries
  • Plaza and patios
Visual arts students walk along the arts building under a Florida sunset


Photo above by Meg Iannantuono ’21

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

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

Where our visual arts majors go to work