Fine Arts


Behold the power of expression.
BFA Program

The Fine Arts program attracts the free-thinkers, second-guessers, and those committed to adapting emerging technologies and finding new ways to engage with traditional artistic processes. Fine Arts majors are pioneers, exploring new artistic terrain and reshaping existing assumptions about contemporary art.

But before you reach those heights, you need a solid grounding in the practicalities of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and time-based art – lifelong skills that will serve you well no matter what field you choose. We also help you develop those techniques off-campus, through collaborations that take our students to New York City and around the world. As you’re learning methods both new and old, our faculty will push you to develop your own personal style and find your artistic voice, always walking a fine line between form and content, intellect and instinct. 

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Where are they now?

Fine Arts alumni pursue their personal artistic passions while also working in a huge range of creative fields.



Hunter Slade 14  
Retail Creative Leader  

Les St. Leon 13  
Lead Artist; Studio Artist
COST of Wisconsin, Inc.; St. Leon Studios

Walter Matthews 13  
MFA Candidate, and Painting Faculty; Studio Artist
University of South Florida

Anna Paul 13  
Studio Artist

Matthew Coombs 06  
MFA Candidate in Painting & Drawing; Studio Artist
Tyler School of Art


Nicole Mauser 06  
Lecturer, Univ. of Chicago; Adjunct Professor, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago
HATCH Artist, Chicago Artist Coalition

Tobey Albright 04  
Senior Interactive Designer
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Amer Kobaslija 03  
Guggenheim Fellow, Studio Artist 
Represented by George Adams Gallery

Kris Chatterson 02  
Fine Artist
Represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York

Charles Mayton 02
Studio Artist
Campoli Presti, David Lewis Gallery, Thomas Duncan Gallery


Rosalynn Gingerich 01  
Lecturer, Department of Contemporary Practices; Studio Artist
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Carrie Alter 98  
Fine Arts Faculty; Studio Artist
North Carolina School of Science and Math

Aiko Hachisuka 97  
Represented by 11R

Chie Fueki 95  
Represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery





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Turning Passion Into Profession



Opportunities for Fine Arts students


Solo Exhibitions
BFA Fine Art students have multiple opportunities to develop, curate and propose professional exhibitions in a state-of-the-art exhibition space administrated by the Fine Arts Program. The Fine Arts Program operates the Crossly Gallery located on the RCAD campus. The gallery is student run and directed exhibition space. Students develop the programing and submit proposals for exhibitions. Two students annually are selected as co-directors to manage, facilitate and develop programing for the space.
Miami Basel Art Fair
Each December, the Fine Arts department spends three days and two nights in Miami attending a variety of art fairs culminating in Miami Basel. This annual event has become one of the largest single art fairs in the world, and offers students the chance to see thousands of art works from all over the world. All junior and senior Fine Arts students attend this event as part of the Fall term course work. Students visit SCOPE, ART MIAMI, ART BASEL, PULSE, NADA SELECT as well as other pop-up venues.

2+2 Florida Articulation Agreements for Florida Transfer Students
Florida transfer students who complete the AA Degree in studio art from select Florida community colleges are eligible to apply to the 2+2 BFA in Fine Arts at the Ringling College of Art and Design.  Once accepted to the program, students are enrolled at the junior level and complete an additional two years in residency at Ringling College and attain the BFA in Fine Arts.

Participating Community Colleges:

  • State College of Florida *AA with emphasis in Studio Art
  • Valencia College *AA in Fine Art/Studio Art
  • St. Petersburg College *AA with emphasis in Studio Art

Students interested in applying to the the 2+2 Articulation Program should contact Jeff Schwartz, Associate VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Students at

Off-campus Opportunities
Every year, we also nominate students for participation in the Yale/Norfolk Summer Program and the Pilchuck Summer Glass School.

We encourage students looking to study abroad to apply for a semester at the Paris College of Art, the William de Koening Academy in Rotterdam, Holland and the Burren College in Burren, Ireland. 




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