Undergraduate Fine Arts

The Undergraduate Fine Arts Program in the School of Design offers a Fine Arts Major for undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, and a Fine Arts Minor for undergraduate students across the university. In addition, the department offers a diverse listing of Fine Arts studios and seminars that are available to all students at the university to take as electives. 

Fine Arts Major

The Fine Arts Major is a 16-credit program available to students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. Students must complete each of the five Fine Arts core studio requirements, three Art History courses, and a selection of six Fine Arts electives. In addition, majors must complete the yearlong senior seminar project: a pair of seminar courses that are completed consecutively during the fall and spring semesters of a fine arts major’s senior year.

16 Credit Units Total
5 Core Studio Requirements
3 Art History Electives

6 Fine Arts Electives

2 Senior Seminar Requirements

Fine Arts Core Studio Requirements (5 CUs)
Fine Arts Majors must take each of the five core studio requirements. Core studio requirements may be taken as early as freshman year and in any order as long as prerequisites are met.

FNAR 123 Core Studio: Drawing I
FNAR 145 Core Studio: Sculpture Practices
FNAR 150 Core Studio: Photography Practices
FNAR 231 Core Studio: Painting Practices
FNAR 264 Core Studio: Art, Design and Digital Culture

Art History Requirements (3CUs)

Majors must take a selection of three Art History courses. Art History course listings can be found on the Art History Department website by clicking on the course menu. 

Fine Arts Electives (6 CUs)

Majors must complete six Fine Arts electives. Fine Arts electives can be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met. A complete list of fine arts electives can be found in the university's course catalog.

Senior Seminar Project (2 CUs)

Majors must take the Senior Seminar Project in consecutive semesters of senior year. Students enrolled in the Senior Seminar project are assigned an on campus studio workspace.

FNAR 488 Senior Seminar (Fall)

FNAR 489 Senior Seminar (Spring)

To declare a Fine Arts major, schedule an advising appointment with Matt Neff, Director Undergraduate Fine Arts (mneff@design.upenn.edu) or Kristen Goldschmidt, Coordinator Undergraduate Fine Arts (krgold@design.upenn.edu)

Fine Arts Minor

The Fine Arts Minor is a six-credit program available to undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, Wharton and the School of Nursing. To receive a Fine Arts Minor students are required to take one Fine Arts Core Studio plus a second Fine Arts Studio in the same discipline, one Art History course and a selection of three Fine Arts electives.

Fine Arts Core Studio Requirements (2CU)
Fine Arts Minors are required to take one core studio plus a second studio in the same discipline.  Students pursuing a minor must choose one of the curriculum options listed below.

Option I
FNAR 123 Core Studio: Drawing I and
FNAR (drawing studio)

Option II
FNAR 145 Core Studio: Sculpture Practices and
FNAR (sculpture studio or ceramics studio)

Option III
FNAR 150 Core Studio: Photography Practices and
FNAR (photography studio)

Option IV
FNAR 231 Core Studio: Painting Practices and
FNAR (painting studio)

Option V
FNAR 264 Core Studio: Art, Design and Digital Culture and
FNAR (design, animation or video studio)

Art History Requirement (1CU)
Fine Arts minors must take a one Art History course. Art History course listings can be found on the Art History Department website by clicking on the course menu.

Fine Arts Electives (3CU)
Minors must complete three Fine Arts electives. Fine Arts electives can be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met. A complete list of fine arts electives can be found on the university's course catalog.

To declare a Fine Arts Minor, schedule an advising appointment with Kristen Goldschmidt, Coordinator Undergraduate Fine Arts (krgold@design.upenn.edu).

Transfer Credit and Study Abroad

The Undergraduate Fine Arts program accepts transfer credits, credit away credits, as well as study abroad credits. To request a transfer, credit away, or study abroad credit to be reviewed by the Fine Arts Department, students must submit all course syllabi and other supporting materials from the respective institution using the College of Arts and Sciences External Course Approval Tool (XCAT). Credits will be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis, and must align with current Undergraduate Fine Arts curriculum and course offerings. 

Students must confer with College of Arts and Sciences policiies governing credits

Information for Prospective Students

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 undergraduate admissions process is governed and administered by the College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Engineering respectively. Prospective students who wish to major in Fine Arts while pursuing a B.A. in the College of Arts of Sciences can indicate this on their admissions application, and include a portfolio as a supplement to their application; however, there are no admissions requirements to pursue a fine arts major.

Prospective students who are interested in learning about the Fine Arts major curriculum, studios and facilities, and programming can schedule an information session and tour by contacting EboniJoi McNeill at ebonijoi@design.upenn.edu.

Prospective students who are interested in learning about the undergraduate admissions process should visits the Penn Admissions website.

Life After Penn - Fine Arts Alumni

The undergraduate program in Fine Arts challenges students to creatively and resourcefully synthesize information and provides them with foundational knowledge and skills to critically comprehend, contextualize, and adaptively negotiate the world.  Fine Arts graduates show their work in museums and galleries internationally. They design, provide art-direction, and innovate for companies like Facebook, Google, The New York Times, and IBM, and can be seen working for major museums and cultural institutions like MoMA, the Guggenheim, ICA Philadelphia.

Noted Fine Arts Alumi: 

Artie Vierkant
Allison Zuckerman
Rachel Gogel
Siobhan McBride
Abdi Farah
Isabel Lizardi
Vincent Snagg
Kate Clayton
Pheobe Wang