About the Department
Creativity + Community + Collaboration = Mindset
Welcome to the 21st Century where the visual arts are alive and well at Winthrop University.
Hi, my name is Tom Stanley and I’m the chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop University. Officially we are called a fine arts department, but students and faculty prefer the idea of an image and object-making space, a place to study imagination from the past, present and future.
This is a program where students learn by doing.
A degree from the Department of Fine Arts changes the way you see, think, create and navigate life. Degrees offered in this department develop a student’s passion for creativity and scholarship into a valuable set of skills that are becoming increasingly in demand in the 21st century workplace. Students are trained to become creative specialists, providing them with the ability and a lens to see, think, invent and problem solve in unique and creative ways. Consider what the Wall Street Journal has to say about a degree from a department like ours at Winthrop. In fact, in The Art of Thinking: Fine Arts Alumni Presentation Series you can get an idea about what some of our grads are now doing professionally. And the lists goes on.
The Department of Fine Arts Advisory Board is another place where you will find successful alumni who have also been willing to lend their knowledge, advice and expertise to the ongoing efforts of our program. These alumni and friends of the department have been invaluable in helping us address critical skills for the 21st Century.
We are a state supported school and though our fine arts program does not require portfolio review for undergraduate entry, several reviews are required to meet graduation requirements including the development of your own website if you are in the B.F.A. or B.A. in Art programs. We are one of the more rigorous programs in the region and the first year Foundations Program will challenge you for sure.
Intensive professional training is provided to ensure the development of highly motivated, self-disciplined graduates. Students can be assured their Winthrop degree meets the rigorous professional standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), of which the university is an institutional accredited member.
Our degree programs include a B.A. in Art Education; a B.A. in Art with a required minor; and a B.A. in Art History also with a minor. If you are proactive, the minor can also be geared to your career goals. And of course we offer the B.F.A. with concentrations in General Studio, Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals, Painting, Photography (commercial and fine art), Printmaking, and Sculpture. Because the B.F.A. is driven by studio content, there is no room in this degree for a minor. The B.A. in Art and Art History degrees have an international language requirement and all fine arts degree programs require math. But don’t let the rigor and hard work deter you, because that is what serious art and design students are about. Our Fine Arts Faculty are dedicated, engaged artists/teachers whose intention is to make a difference in your Winthrop experience. We are here to help you succeed in the department, but more importantly, after you graduate.
My words only go so far in describing this program. So I am including some image-driven sites that you should find interesting. With the exception of the official Winthrop Department of Fine Arts website, most of these sites were designed and produced by fine arts students. For example, at the 2014 Senior Exhibition website, you will get an idea of what B.A. in Art and B.F.A. in Art seniors produced this past year. So check them out. See what is happening every day in the department by visiting our Departmental Blog. If you want to see examples of Student Work and Activities in all of our disciplines, you can visit Winthrop Fine Arts. Also you and your friends will enjoy reading our online Spring 2014 Newsletter.
I think you can achieve a clearer idea about how our students are truly engaged in real world activities by looking and listening to this Video Produced by Family Trust Federal Credit Union about a project for their new headquarters in Rock Hill. Working with credit union officers, architects, designers and engineers, fine arts students were commissioned to produce permanent art and design in anticipation of the financial institution’s construction. And this is just part of our story.
If you would like to know more about our programs or if you would like to schedule a visit, you can contact me personally at 803/323-2653 or email email@example.com. I would be pleased to set up a tour or discuss your options within the department.
You can also learn more about the admissions process or other opportunities to visit the campus by going to the Admissions website.
Once again, please look at the information about our specific degree offerings including the
B.A. in Art Education
B.A. in Art
B.A. in Art History
Or the variety of concentrations in the B.F.A. degree including:
Photography (commercial and fine art)
For individuals who have already earned an undergraduate degree and are seeking a unique graduate experience, please look more closely at the M.F.A. in the Department of Fine Arts.