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An art degree is a perfect fit for those wanting to hone their creative thinking skills, visual fluency, communication skills and cultural awareness. The undergraduate Art program at the University of West Florida prepares students for successful careers in the visual arts industry.

Why Study Art at UWF?

The Department of Art and Design is intimately scaled to offer a great deal of individualized attention. You will have many opportunities to participate in high-impact activities, from gallery exhibitions to public art projects. 

The program faculty offer a unique perspective, as many of them are practicing artists and regularly show their work locally, regionally and nationally.

What You Will Learn

The art program at UWF is based upon both studio art and art history, offering a comprehensive curriculum informed by the cultural, political and sociological history of civilizations.

You will be encouraged to think creatively and critically about abstract subjects then translate your opinions into richly visual modes. 

Our program offers you the opportunity to pursue Art History or Studio Art as a specialization.

We offer two minors: a minor in Studio Art which will provide you with the skills to analyze and interpret visual data while learning to recognize historical styles and the cultural forces that shape them; and an online minor in Graphic Design, which will give you the skills to communicate in our increasingly digital and visual world. 


The studio art specialization offers foundations in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and photography. Our studio curriculum addresses technical and material means of visual expression while allowing students to focus on issues inherent in one's work. You will move beyond proficiency to a greater degree of excellence as you develop a personal body of work.

Studio Art Courses

The art history specialization offers courses in a variety of subject areas such as Medieval, Renaissance, Modern European, Non-Western, American, and Contemporary. The program also offers special topics courses such as the History of Photography and Nineteenth Century Art and Science. Internships and coursework opportunities are available with The Art Gallery at UWF or at the Pensacola Museum of Art. You will be encouraged to study abroad. One of these study-abroad opportunities includes the Irish Experience, an ongoing summer program in Carlow, Ireland.

Art History Courses