Department of Art and Design
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 Such as:
- 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 Marriot 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.
The UWF Department of Art and Design "Semi-Annual Pop-Up Exhibition"
The virtual Spring Pop-Up show is now live and will be up to the end of Spring Term. The exhibition was curated by Valerie George, UWF associate professor of art. Refusing to let COVID-19 dampen the joy of this annual event, it has been moved to an online format in the interim. Visit the online exhibition to see the work of the 2020 BFA Candidates.
2020: Reflections from Unknown Depths: A TAG Permanent Collection Exhibition
From January 19 to February 26, view art students' visual reflections at The Art Gallery at UWF. Art history students Charisten Smith and Stephanie Hanke curated this permanent collection exhibition. The selected works represent the students' emotional and psychological reflections during the challenging circumstances of the Fall 2020 semester. Smith conducted additional interpretive research. Archeology student and gallery assistant Marissa Agerton installed the exhibition. Mark Valeri, a TAG graphic design intern designed the exhibition's graphics.
TAG at UWF
The Art Gallery at UWF (TAG) features an annual series of revolving exhibitions that highlight student work as well as regional, national, and international artists. Visit TAG online.
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. For more information, please visit the Pensacola Museum of Art.
No Place But Home
While the notion of “home” can invoke feelings of security, it may also be complicated by notions of belonging, safety, and physical and geographical boundaries. This exhibition will examine “home” through the lens of this complex moment, and include varied conceptions of “home” as we confront the physical or psychological space in which we live, learn, work, grieve, and ultimately grow within or without “home.” What, where, or who is HOME?
November 1-15, 2020
Art Events and Stories
UWF Student wins Blue Morning Gallery ScholarshipNovember 4, 2020 | Center for Fine and Performing Arts
Congratulations to Rebecca Riggs, the 2019 winner of the Blue Morning Gallery Scholarship. Her installation will be viewable at Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox Place, until November 14th.
UWF Kappa Pi members internationally recognizedJanuary 8, 2020 | Brandy Gottlieb
Now alumnae, two UWF students recently received international recognition from Kappa Pi, the oldest and largest international college and university honorary art fraternity. Stacey Martin, who graduated in May 2019 with a BA, was awarded the first-place scholarship for Kappa Pi’s Graduating Senior category. Sonia Soto, who graduated this past December with a BFA, was named third-place scholarship winner for the New Initiatives category.
TAG presents "Points of Departure," a foundation-level exhibitionJanuary 10, 2020 | Center for Fine & Performing Arts
TAG presents its annual "Points of Departure" exhibition to showcase foundation-level student works.