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Bachelor of Fine Arts

About Fine Arts

Creativity + Community + Collaboration = Mindset

Students may choose a concentration in one of the following areas:

Ceramics

The Ceramic program at Winthrop University is an exciting and energetic area. Students are expected to become proficient with the basic techniques of handbuilding and the use of the potter’s wheel before they are allowed to develop their own creative direction as upperclassmen.

General Studio

General Studio acknowledges the variety of skills required for a successful career in the visual arts. The program also acknowledges the importance of developing and nurturing the citizen artist who can navigate the ideas and challenges of our time.

Jewelry and Metals

The jewelry and metals curriculum is designed to meet the diverse interests of the students investigating the contemporary field of Fine Arts in metals and jewelry design.  By focusing the program toward a spectrum of processes and methodologies associated with the craft, a student experiences numerous projects that deal with form, function, concept and technique.  Students are exposed to both traditional and non-traditional processes and materials, including computer-aided design, three dimensional printing and other emerging technologies.  The constructions of ideas are carried out through the practice of the projects which include, but are not limited to traditional fabrication, finishing, casting, mold making, forging, enameling, digital modeling, and three-dimensional printing output processes.

Painting

Studies in painting at Winthrop look in depth at conceptual interests along with the development of technical skills to enable personal and collaborative visions to be realized. Traditional still life and figurative painting are only part of a structured program of study which examines all levels of contemporary trends and styles.

Photography

Studies in photography consist of a careful balance between the development of the student's personal interests and the acquisition of technical skills. As each student moves through the program they build a command of technique, meet the challenges of aesthetic debate, learn about opportunities for work after graduation and are given some of the essential business information which will help them survive and prosper in the professional market.

Printmaking

The printmaking program at Winthrop is designed around a thorough technical education in the traditional techniques of etching, lithography and the relief processes of woodcut and linocut. This, combined with a challenging questioning environment towards subject-matter and its relevance to contemporary art and the student's personal interests, is founded on strong drawing skills.

Sculpture

The sculpture program at Winthrop is designed to introduce students to both traditional and contemporary ways of making sculpture. The program emphasizes the development of technical, creative and cognitive skills through an energetic hands on approach to creating sculpture.

Study Abroad in Fine Arts

Due to the prescriptive and evolving nature of the various degree programs within the Department of Fine Arts, the Department Chair and Fine Arts faculty have identified the fifth or sixth semester junior year, and after successful completion of Specialization Portfolio  Review, as generally the best semester to study abroad.  Through a combination of language, art history, studio, humanities, conservation and arts administrative courses at the abroad institution and Winthrop distance learning, students are able to study abroad without delaying graduation.  It is imperative however, that students work with their studio advisor, or the department chair, prior to selecting a study abroad institution and planned course of study abroad to insure transfer and major credit.

Contact Information

Anne Fiala, Acting Chair
303 McLaurin Hall
803/323-2673
fialaa@winthrop.edu

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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2653
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