Fine Art Major

Our Fine Art major is designed to prepare the student for entry into professional positions such as illustrator, teacher, art director, art critic, studio/commercial photographer or independent artist, and stresses lifelong growth as an artist. The major emphasizes mastering technical processes, understanding the role of cultural history as an influence upon artistic expression, developing verbal and visual communication skills, and the importance of creative and original thinking. Students expand their studio and academic experiences through exhibitions, internships in professional settings, completion of the Professional Development Seminar, and participation in activities such as artists' lectures and museum excursions.

Careers in Fine Art

The life of an artist offers rewards unlike those of any other profession. York College approaches art as a profession, and the study of art here prepares our graduates to pursue successful careers as working artists in a variety of fields.

  • Art Consultant
  • Art Educator
  • Painter
  • Art Therapist
  • Photographer
  • Independent Artist
  • Public Artist
  • Silkscreen Artist
  • Printmaker
  • Gallery Owner
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Illustrator

Professionalism is...


"Professionalism to me is being accountable, reliable, and hard working. With those three skills and a solid knowledge base, success will follow."

Chris Gause,

Learn more about all things professional at York College.



Internships can be an invaluable part of your education. Fine Art students can gain work experience in their field of study, as well as develop and refine future career goals. Learn more.

Student Highlight

Laura Gaenzle (Fine Art, '12)

Faculty Spotlight

Ry Fryar, assistant professor of art and division of art coordinator, teaches drawing and painting courses. Learn more.