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Welcome to the Art Program at Tarleton State!

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Tarleton is welcoming creative and inspired minds to consider a degree in the visual arts!

Tarleton offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art with options for all-level teacher certification or digital media emphasis.  In-depth studies in drawing, painting, and digital media are available with introductory classes in other areas such as sculpture, printmaking, digital design, and photography.  Core classes in art history are a require part of the art curriculum.

What's going on at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center?

The Tarleton art program offers high quality studio art instruction with all classes taught by a faculty of practicing artists.  Our facilities, housed in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, include drawing and painting labs, and a state of the art digital media lab.  The University gallery is also a resource for exposure to shows by local and nationally recognized artists.  Upon graduation, all students produce a portfolio of artwork demonstrating their skills.  From there, students will be ready to exhibit their work, apply for related career opportunities, or will be eligible to enter graduate studies.

Tarleton's art program combines experienced, professional faculty with small classes so that each student receives personal attention.  Faculty help their students to customize the degree to individual talents and career goals.  It is very common for students in arts education to take classes in psychology and child development.  Digital Media graduates are recommended to take classes in Business, Communications, and Computer Science.  Scholarships are available, as well as internships and work-study opportunities.

A Day in the Life of a BFA graduate...

Contrary to the sense of economic malaise felt across the country, it is actually an exciting time to invest in a degree in the creative arts.  According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for painters, photographers, and designers will increase by 11 percent by 2018.  As companies are forced to adapt to new technologies and new business models, many are actively seeking artists and designers who will work hard and present new ideas in order to stay competitive.

Why is creativity so valued in today's economy?  We cannot predict what kind of world we will live in, not even five years into the future.  Think about five years ago, there were no touch screen tablets, smartphones, Facebook, or Twitter.  Employers are looking for self-motivated, nimble, and hardworking minds that can adapt to change and thrive by expanding on the possibilities change presents.  These traits are among the learning outcomes of the art program at Tarleton State University.

Interested in knowing more?

As the saying goes, seeing is believing. Please do not hesitate to contact the department of Fine Arts office at to set up a visit and a guided tour.  Sit in on a class, view a gallery show, or meet with a faculty member to discuss your options. 

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