Fine Art, B.A.

The fine art program offers a curriculum intended to stimulate creative ability, impart effective technique and foster an understanding and appreciation of the dynamic role of visual art in culture, whether defined locally or globally and grounded in a biblical worldview.

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Program Intro

While recognizing the unique intersection of technology and tradition that has transformed the practice of visual art in our time, CBU's fine art program emphasizes traditional media: drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The result is to provide quality professional preparation that can be realized in market-based applications and/or further graduate-level studies.

67 Units

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4 Studio Art Tracks
20 Required Major Courses

Why Study Fine Art at CBU?

Learn from Professional, Christian Artists

CBU's fine art program is authored and taught by professional Christian artists actively working at the highest level in their fields. Best practices, deep technical knowledge, developed artistic ideation, craft, and business acumen are embedded into the instruction and mentorship – all with the intention of sending graduates out to make an impact for the Kingdom.

Emphasize in a Chosen Medium

CBU's fine art program offers a flexible undergraduate degree which allows for the student to receive a solid foundation, and built on it with their choice of emphasis. CBU fine art offers several studio art tracks, allowing students to specialize and distinguish themselves as artists who demonstrate professional excellence and personal integrity, are servant leaders in their communities, and who live biblically-based, missional lives within the profession.

Program Details

ILL 250: Digital Painting I

This course will introduce digital painting methods including conceptualizing, composing, refining and evaluating digital illustration.

ART 305: Figure Drawing I

This course is dedicated to developing facility at rendering the human form in a variety of dry media.

PHI 312: Beauty

An introduction to philosophical aesthetics, which has been marginalized and often ignored in philosophical discourse during the past four hundred years.

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  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Ceramics

Katherine Kaford, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History
Associate Dean, College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design

Office Phone: 951-552-8816
Office Location: James Building, Room 453

Kristi Lippire, M.F.A.

Professor of Visual Art
Advisor for Art Club

Office Phone: 951-552-8736
Office Location: Adams Business Park, building C space 33

Duncan Simcoe, M.F.A.

Professor of Visual Arts

Office Phone: 951-343-4270
Office Location: Adams Business Park A 22

Nancy Ward, M.F.A.

Lecturer of Visual Arts
Professor of Illustration and Design

Office Phone: 951-343-4623
Office Location: J353

  • Faith / Art Integration: Art Majors will engage in the practice of art as an extension of Christian ‘Being’, understood in all of  its aesthetic, social and ecclesiastical dynamics.
  • Visual Literacy: Art Majors will demonstrate a critical and working familiarity with the themes and concerns of contemporary art, as well as the canon of Western art and non-western traditions in their aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual implications. Evidence of this will be manifested through directed projects and their capstone exhibition.
  • Creative Thinking: Art Majors will demonstrate the ability to engage in associative/spatial thinking dynamically channeled through various media through directed formal and conceptual problems as well as self-determined projects.
  • Media Fluency: Art Majors will demonstrate an ability to command the inherent dynamics of a variety of 2&3 dimensional media as applied to directed and self-determined expressive goals.
  • Professional Awareness: Art Majors will acquire the ability to assess the professional implications of their expressive decisions and the protocols of presentation that these varying destinations for artwork require.


Geoff Gouveia

I came to CBU knowing I wanted to be different. I wanted to be my own person. I just didn't know how to do it. Leaving CBU, I left without the answers, but I had the framework to build that person. I felt like I had the confidence to take on the real world even though I knew it was going to be really difficult.

Geoff Gouveia '13

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Student Opportunities: CBU Gallery

CBU Art programs not only provides a high quality visual arts education, but are also dedicated to instilling in students the role that art can play in community, and in service of community. Located at the heart of campus, the CBU Gallery allows CBU Art students to both showcase work and gain hands on experience in gallery management.

cbu art club

Student Opportunities: Art Club

CBU Art Club brings together visual artists to simultaneously produce art in community, and serve the community. From community art projects, to utilizing art to raise funds for community projects, the CBU Art Club serves.

art mural

Student Opportunities: Community Service

CBU art is dedicated to art in community and art in service of community. On a regular basis CBU art students bring their artistic talents out of the classroom and into the community. Pictured left is a community service project whereby art students painted a mural on a local elementary school's play yard.

Career Possibilities

The fine art major will prepare students to distinguish themselves as artists who demonstrate professional excellence and personal integrity, are servant leaders in their communities, and who live biblically based, missional lives within the profession.

  • Animator
  • Gallery Manager
  • Museum Curator
  • Illustrator
  • Sculptor
  • Photographer
  • Fine Art Consultant
  • Art Director
  • Director of Creative Services
  • Printmaker

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