The Florida State University College of Fine Arts specializes in fostering creativity while shaping talented young artists and scholars. As a student, you will join a community that reflects commitment, diversity, scholarship and academic excellence. We seek to teach with passion and intellectual rigor and are deeply committed to preparing students for successful academic and professional careers.
The Department of Art is a research driven community of ambitious students and respected faculty dedicated to the dynamic interrelationship of ideas, processes, and practices. Students have access to cutting edge and state of the art equipment, software, and techniques to best provide them with the needed skills and expertise in various media. Studio art and design at Florida State University emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking and offers diverse opportunities for creative development and expression on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The Department of Art Education follows the “Art for Life” vision, which guides all four graduate programs: Art Education, Art Therapy, Arts Administration, and Museum Education and Exhibitions (MEX). The purpose, as a comprehensive education and research program, is to create positive change in the community, the University, and respective professions. The Department of Art Education believes in the intrinsic value of art and its importance as a social good and as a catalyst for the development of the individual.
The Department of Art History is an all-encompassing field that opens a rich world of possibilities for the graduate. Art History students investigate every facet of humanity’s relationship to the world: how we perceive, participate in, and represent our physical, social, religious, philosophical, political, and artistic environments. The study of Art History is a passion that leads to serious opportunities. With intense training in visual interpretation, critical thinking, and artful communication, FSU Art History students are highly valued by programs in law, medicine, museums, education, business, non-profits, entertainment, and politics.
Established over eighty years ago, and offering a professional Dance major for more than fifty of those years, the Florida State University School of Dance continues to be a pioneer and leader among college dance programs. The School has a reputation as a center for the creation, reconstruction and production of outstanding dance repertory, ranging from traditional classical choreography to contemporary original works.
The School of Dance is also the home of the internationally recognized dance research center, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). The mission of this unique and visionary center is to raise the value of the creative process in dance. FSU dance majors have the opportunity to observe professional artists as they engage in projects while in residence at MANCC.
The Department of Interior Architecture & Design encompasses a Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited undergraduate curriculum as well as three Master’s degree programs. Students focus on design theory, history, and technical skills, along with studio classes addressing residential and commercial spaces. The curriculum prepares students to work in interior design firms or as interior designers in architecture firms as well as in a number of other design related settings. In 2015, Design Intelligence ranked the FSU Interior Architecture & Design undergraduate program as the second most admired in the nation by deans and chairs, while the graduate program was ranked number one for the third year in a row.
The School of Theatre at Florida State University is consistently recognized as one of the finest theatre programs in the nation. Alumni of the School are working in theatre and other related fields throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. We offer three degree options for undergraduate students and a wide variety of opportunities to explore the many areas within the theatre. Our production program provides performance and design/tech work on exciting and imaginative projects directed by faculty, students, guest artists, as well as the opportunity to perform for sold-out houses. The students study and present their work in facilities that include two proscenium theatres and two flexible laboratory or black-box spaces in addition to studios, shops, and classrooms.