The mission of the Art Program at Florida Gulf Coast University is to educate students and the community in the creation and appreciation of art and design; emphasize the importance of context in art history and contemporary culture; provide students with a clear sense of direction towards a career in the creative industries; and teach art with a lively awareness of both global perspectives and local responsibilities.
Our curriculum is designed to support the student seeking a B.A. degree in Art with a solid core of foundational skills; the flexibility to pursue and define a clear personal direction; and intensive upper-level experiences designed to launch careers in the visual arts and related fields. In their final semester, graduating students develop and present their Senior Project, a professional quality exhibition of self-generated work with accompanying research, writing, publicity, and documentation. Studio coursework includes painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and photography; digital media design incorporates screen and print based media in graphic design, web design, interactive design, typography and videogame design. In art history, the full chronological survey of Western art is covered at both introductory and advanced levels, plus topical courses in global, environmental, and contemporary art issues.
Our faculty balance excellence and accessibility as active practitioners and dedicated teachers through exhibitions, lectures, conference presentations, publications, field work and research. Art Program faculty model behavior for professional careers while closely mentoring art students within the curriculum and beyond the classroom. Faculty involvement in service-learning, community engagement, environmental sustainability, and study abroad further expands and enriches the student experience as an art major at FGCU.
Our facilities have been purpose-built from the ground up, designed and driven by the needs and interests of faculty and students. The FGCU Arts Complex houses the Art Gallery, studio classrooms, offices and support facilities, and expansive outdoor covered work areas for ceramics and sculpture. Digital media students have access to classroom and lab space with continually upgraded Apple computers and current design software. Campus galleries provide an exciting schedule of contemporary art exhibitions, consistent opportunities for presenting student work, and a lively focal point for professional networking and peer learning.
Our alumni have consistently demonstrated the value of their commitment to the arts as they continue on to new and exciting opportunities – the active creation, exhibition and marketing of artwork; graduate studies in studio art, art history, and art therapy; teaching jobs in public and private schools and in community arts organization; administrative and management positions in museums and galleries; and web and print design careers in rapidly expanding digital fields.
To visit the Arts Complex and discuss the Art Program with faculty and staff, please contact Program Leader Andy Owen at (239) 590-7249 and firstname.lastname@example.org.