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The Department of Art and Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design, Digital Art, or Studio Art and a Bachelor of Art in Art Studio or Art History.

Welcome to the Department of Art and Design

Welcome to the Department of Art and Design at the University of West Florida. For more than fifty years, we have fostered independent and critical thinking in our students through the production and study of the visual arts.

The department offers two Baccalaureate programs: a Bachelor Degree (B.A.) in Art Studio which allows students to concentrate in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics, and Art History; and a Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design, Digital Art, and Studio Art (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography). Our B.A. is streamlined to accommodate double majoring and we offer minors in Studio Art, Art History, and Graphic Design. Read more from Dr. David Earle, interim chair, Department of Art and Design.

Additionally, the department offers scholarship opportunities, student clubs and exhibition opportunities.

Career Opportunities in Art

  • Designer
  • Curator
  • Graphic Artist
  • Studio Artist
  • Art Historian
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Online Creative Content Developer
  • Media Specialist
  • Game Developer

These are just a few of our recent graduates who have gone on to successful careers in and out of the arts. These examples illustrate how UWF prepares students to be Makers, Thinkers, and Scholars.

  • Patrick Jacobs, BA Studio Art, Class of 1994, Award Winning Sculptor whose work has appeared in the Museum of Art and Design, NY and in the New York Times
  • Yuri Ramos, BA Studio Art, Class of 2008, Project Architect at STOA Architects
  • Joori Lee, BA Graphic Design, Class of 2011, UX Designer at Cisco Laboratories
  • Kaitlyn Ducharme, BA Graphic Design, Class of 2012, Media Specialist at Northrop Grumman
  • Dali Ramos, BA Graphic Design, Class of 2012, Cyber Information Systems Security Analyst at Northrop Grumman
  • Amy Churchwell, BA in Graphic Design, Class of 2013, Front End Web Developer at Mozilla
  • Mervyn Ortiz, BA in Graphic Design, Class of 2014, Visual Information Specialist at National Naval Aviation Museum
  • James Worsham, BFA in Studio Art, Class of 2015, formerly designer at Anthropologie, owner of Handy Dandy Productions (clients include Marriott and W Hotels, and the OWN Network)
  • Colleen Jennings, BFA in Graphic Design and Digital Art, class of 2015, now works in Media Arts at UC Santa Cruz
  • Dylan Nadsady, BFA in Digital Art Class of 2018, Freelance Illustrator for Perfect Plain Brewery, Hatchmark Studio, and Hale Design
  • Stacy Martin, BA in Art History, Class of 2018, Journalist for the Defuniak Springs Herald
  • Sam Trevino, BFA in Graphic Design, Class of 2017, Technical Illustrator at Boeing
  • Victor Rosales, BFA in Graphic Design, Class of 2018, Graphic Designer at Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK
  • Ilan Berkstein, BFA in Graphic Design, Class of 2019, Graphic Designer for EA Games, working on Madden Football.

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The Art Gallery at UWF (TAG) seeks to challenge, stimulate, and engage students and the greater public through direct interaction with works of contemporary art. TAG features an annual series of revolving exhibitions that highlight student work as well as regional, national, and international artists.

Visit The Art Gallery


UWF's Art Museum, the Pensacola Museum of Art, features regional and international exhibitions. Students have the opportunity to do internships on museum education, curation, and exhibition installation as well as give gallery talks and work as docents. On occasion the museum features student art exhibitions.

Visit Pensacola Museum of Art

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The Makerspace welcomes artist, makers, entrepreneurs and innovators.

About the Makerspace


The Makerspace is dedicated to creative, entrepreneurial and artistic activities.

The Makerspace is part of a joint venture between the UWF Department of Art and Design, the Department of Engineering's CNC lab and the Haas Center's Sea3D lab. It integrates elements of design, engineering, and art to support a creative and innovative multidisciplinary community.

The technologies support interdisciplinary collaborations to invent, construct and design using a variety of processes spanning handcraft to digital fabrication. 

Housed in Downtown Pensacola's Museum of Commerce, 201 Zaragoza St., the Makerspace works synergistically with the other labs in the building to provide a wide range of production possibilities.


Available resources include a laser cutter and engraver, woodworking tools, a vinyl printer, industrial sewing machine and embroidery sewing machine.

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