Program Overview

Bachelor of Arts
Department Chair Name
Sarah Archino
Katie Shamblin

What is an art degree?

Creativity, problem-solving and effective communication are elements of creating art, but they are also the tools that enrich our lives and demand the attention of employers. The process of creating art nurtures practical skills while encouraging critical thinking about the visual world surrounding us. Students are encouraged to develop visual literacy and critical thinking about the world surrounding them and to understand how objects create meaning. An art degree is a Bachelor of Arts degree awarded after the successful completion of a selection of courses from a range of topics, usually within four academic years.

Why study art at Furman?

Offering bachelor’s degrees in both studio art and art history, the art department is a vibrant collaborative environment that encourages creative innovation, entrepreneurship and reflection. We are focused on developing interdisciplinary creative thinkers and problem-solvers who are adaptable and successful in their lives outside of Furman. Our primary goal is to support, encourage and mentor students through their educational pathways while championing the arts. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

Our research-heavy art program trains students to be strong writers and careful observers. The faculty-to-student ratio provides individualized attention and collaboration unavailable at larger schools. Our study-away programs allow students to examine international art and architecture in person. Most courses include research, and our faculty encourages undergraduates to participate in research projects, including those available through our Summer Internship Fellowships. Studio art majors can choose from electives that include book arts, photography and printmaking.

Art courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

  • 66%
    alumni working full-time in the arts
  • 12:1
    student/faculty ratio
  • 90%
    students who have had an internship by graduation
What our students say
“The world needed more designers. Design blended everything I had loved with math, technology and art.”
– Rowan Griscom ’17

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s art faculty represents decades of study and field expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

Sarah Archino

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art History

Terri Bright

Professor of Art

Kylie Fisher

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Kevin Kao

Assistant Professor, Art

Michael May

Assistant Professor, Art

Ross McClain

Associate Professor of Art
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Art Major F.A.Q.