Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Master the concepts of fine art and create a stunning portfolio.

The mission of the Fine Arts Program is to provide students with studio experience in drawing, painting, sculpture, or printmaking, preparing them for the rigor of further study at four-year institutions of art in design. Bridging the foundational year experience, students connect their own creative expression to a solid foundation of work from observation and perception. Students will explore their technical abilities, critical awareness, knowledge of historical frameworks, and self-discipline to create a body of work that synthesizes their own artistic vision.

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What You’ll Learn


Explore both current and historical art principles and techniques to better understand how to be a relevant contemporary artist. 


Foster your individual expression through creative projects and professional guidance. Build confidence as a studio artist.  


Fine arts students will take courses in painting, printmaking and sculpture, however, students are strongly encouraged to explore a variety of mediums/disciplines from other majors to incorporate in their own studio practice.  


There will be various opportunities to develop your professionalism as a visual artist such as networking with working artists, exhibition opportunities, museum/gallery visits in/around Wilmington as well as Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC, etc.  

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Choose Your Path




In the painting concentration, you’ll gain a strong understanding of composition and color through courses in figure drawing, color, and 2-D design. In addition to courses that develop spatial awareness and technical skills, you’ll be encouraged to explore your unique style through studio electives and foundational classes.


Create a solid foundation in form and space by enrolling in DCAD’s sculpture concentration. In this concentration, you’ll strengthen your knowledge of drawing, 2-D design and 3-D design. These skills will become the basis for your understanding of sculpture, which you’ll explore through conceptual and process-oriented courses.


In the printmaking concentration, you’ll explore monotypes, etching, and block printing to enhance your understanding of traditional techniques. Starting with building a foundation in drawing and design, your studies will advance into printmaking, figure drawing, and mixed media studies.

Faculty and Staff

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Aki Torii Program Chair, Fine Arts
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Žaneta Zubkova Professor, Fine Arts
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Ellen Durkan Professor, Fine Arts
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Take the First Step Towards a Fine Arts Career

Benefit from our rigorous academics, hands-on studio work, and meaningful mentorship from our faculty of practicing, professional artists and designers.

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