Undergraduate Fine Arts

Art is a critical tool with which to understand the world. A goal of the Undergraduate Fine Arts program at the University of Pennsylvania is to facilitate an environment where the potentialities of art are considered in relation to the real life conditions of our students. Encouraged to test themselves against the rigors of divergent artistic approaches and their histories, our students develop a more complex set of skills to creatively and critically negotiate the turbulent shifts taking place globally in terms of human experiences.

Liz Barr, Penn Fine Arts Major ('16), in studio, Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall. Gordon Stillman Photography.

Program Overview

The Undergraduate Fine Arts Program combines studio practices, seminar courses, and interactions with visiting artists and professionals in order to provide an open intellectual framework to foster critical awareness and independent methods of artistic research and learning. The Fine Arts Department offers a diverse range of studio courses in the areas of animation and 3D modeling, ceramics, design, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. The dynamic curriculum also provides students with the opportunity to thoroughly examine contemporary art, creative research, interactive design and public art through seminar-based instruction.

The Undergraduate Fine Arts Program offers a Fine Arts Major for students in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering, and a Fine Arts Minor for undergraduate students across the university. The Fine Arts program works in conjunction with three interdisciplinary degree programs in Cinema Studies, Digital Media Design and Visual Studies. Fine Arts courses are available to all students at the university to take as electives in order to enhance multidisciplinary learning.

The Fine Arts program is also pleased to partner with Julian Krinsky Camp and Programs to offer high school students the opportunity to attend a pre-college, four-week intensive studio summer art program each year. More information can be found on their website: click here.

Vincent Snagg, Penn Fine Arts Major ('16), in Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, Senior Thesis Installation.

Contact Information

Department of Fine Arts, Undergraduate Program
Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall
200 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(T) 215-573-5134; (F) 215-573-8127

Office: Room 114
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM-5 PM

Matt Neff, Interim Director of Undergraduate Fine Arts Program


Kristen Goldschmidt, Coordinator

krgold@design.upenn.edu | 215.898.9680

EboniJoi McNeill, Administrative Assistant

ebonijoi@design.upenn.edu | 215.573.5134