BFA in Fine Arts

Students work through ideas and make them visual in the intimate, mentor-based BFA in Fine Arts program at Otis College.

In our intimate, mentor-based BFA program, students work in group studios and one-on-one—artist-to-artist—with a renowned faculty of working professionals to build skills and push boundaries. Whether you want to show your work professionally or advance to the master’s level, we prepare you for the next step. You will be poised to pursue a wide range of careers in the art world or experiment and continually develop your practice.

What You’ll Learn

Through our Fine Arts program, students choose from three concentrations (Painting, Photography, or Sculpture/New Genres) but maintain an interdisciplinary mindset. Students can also take a structured set of special-topic electives in Drawing, Editorial Photography, Film and Video, Performance, Contemporary Clay, and Art Theory and Criticism.

Program Curriculum


Fine Arts Options

Student painting with a woman and dog in a field


Learn the basic principles, techniques, and concepts of painting and drawing while translating your ideas into compelling works of art. 

Photo of fish in vials


Gain the technical and conceptual skills needed to analyze and make photographic works of art using  different technologies and formats.

Photo of student vase sculpture

Sculpture / New Genres

Learn to make  three-dimensional and time-based works of art, from traditional forms of sculpture to the contemporary genres of installation, performance, sound, video, film, and art and social practice.

Sculpture of cheetos bag


Expand your area of emphasis with classes in Drawing, Editorial Photography, Film and Video, Performance, Contemporary Clay, or Art Theory and Criticism.

Lecture series

Events and Lectures

Otis Fine Arts students hear from authoritative art-world speakers during Visiting Artist Lectures, the Einstein Lecture Series, and in-class lectures.

Career Possibilities

Our multidisciplinary Fine Arts curriculum helps students transform their passions into professions and lifelong practices. Otis alumni pursue a wide range of roles as studio artists, designers, performers, entrepreneurs, gallerists, and more. Some of our alumni go on to pursue graduate work at Otis College or study in the most prestigious MFA programs in the world.

Recent Graduate Careers

  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Curator
  • Gallerist
  • Art or Museum Educator
  • Artist Assistant
  • Preparator
  • Muralist or Public/Community Artist
  • Art/Sculpture Fabricator
  • Printing/Photo Lab Technician
  • Photography/Videography Assistant
  • Video Editor
  • Designer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Web Developer
  • Archivist
  • Writer
  • Location Scout
  • Film/Video Production Assistant
  • Stylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Furniture Designer/Fabricator


Careers and Internships


Fine Arts Faculty

Otis College faculty are nurturing mentors and respected creative professionals who practice across a wide range of  mediums.

Meg Cranston's Picture

Meg Cranston

Department Chair, Fine Arts

Department: Fine Arts, MFA Fine Arts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres

Alex Slade portrait

Alex Slade

Assistant Chair / Associate Professor

Department: Fine Arts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres

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