Graduate Fine Arts

Studio with various kinds of printing presses

The Common Press is the letterpress and book arts studio at the University of Pennsylvania.

Two students working together on a wooden frame a studio

The Fabrication Lab serves as a practical laboratory extension of classroom theory. The Lab is equipped for all phases of woodworking, metalworking, and machining, as well as digital fabrication with CNC routing, laser cutting, and 3D printing. The lab is available to all University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design students and to all students enrolled in ancillary Weitzman courses.

Shelves full of wood and stone tiles, paint jars, and acrylic sheets in a rainbow of colors

The Fisher Fine Arts Materials Library hosts thousands of samples ranging from traditional construction materials to emergent and novel samples such as Vanta Black, electronic paint, and seaweed insulation. The aim of the collection is to bring together innovation and creativity in order to advance conceptualization through tactile exploration, and draws from disciplines across campus.

Huge library space with stone arched architecture and several students working at large wooden tables

The services and collections of the Fisher Fine Arts Library facilitate work in architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, history of art, and fine arts. 

In a large studio space with large windows a student works at a work table in the middle of the room

Graduate students have 24 hour access to their own dedicated studios. 

Student prepares to trim a large photograph in a softly lit studio. Large prints of photographs hang on the wall in the back

The photography resources include conventional wet labs, high-level digital photography studios, large-format archival inkjet printers, Hasselblad Flextight film scanners, and private studios.

Welding Studio
Graduate students have access to a studio with welding and metal work. This is located in one of the three graduate studio buildings. Additional metal working fabrication is available in the PennDesign fabrication lab.
Close up of student working with clay using a press mold.

The ceramics facilities are equipped for wheel throwing, hand building, mold making and casting, and for work ranging from functional ware to sculptural and architectural projects.

Student looking a at comic and turning it into a storyboard for an animation.

Animation resources include computer labs with Wacom tablets, 2D and 3D animation and compositing applications such as Mudbox, Maya, Matchmover, 3ds Max, Premiere, Aftereffects, TV Paint, Flash, and others. DSLR cameras, lighting and grip equipment, sound recording and editing equipment are used wth Dragonframe software for stop-motion animation.

Foreground: sculpture with bicycle wheel suspended between two chairs. Background, performers dancing

The Fine Arts Department collaborates in public programming and collaborative projects with many of the art institutions in the city of Philadelphia.

Brightly lit unoccupied computer lab with screen and projector

The video labs are equiped with professional broadcast monitors, Premiere, Avid, the Adobe Creative Suite, Protools, Logic Pro and additional plug-ins and tools for post-production.

Student talking to faculty member across table at career services event with other students walking around in the background

There are a wealth of career services opportunities and resources available to Weitzman students, including Individual Advising, Web Resources Tailored for the Weitzman School, Career Connection Day, Workshops and Panels, and many others.