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Fine Arts

A minor in fine arts can lead to varied career options, including graduate study in art management, art therapy, music education and professional theatre. Students may combine their baccalaureate studies, a fine arts minor and extensive co-curricular involvement to position them for careers focused on their devotion to the arts, or to enhance their careers in business, sciences, and health sciences. 

  • We seek to reinforce the importance of the fine arts in forming self definition, in developing alternative methods of communication and awareness, in undertaking unique personal challenges, and in balancing one’s academic experience to include the hands on and live interactions characteristic of these disciplines. 

    • Creative-minded courses. Classes offer a wide variety of choices to help expand your thinking beyond "the box" and to help shape you into the creative thinker our world needs.
    • Study Abroad. We offer courses that teach you about the arts beyond the book. You will have the opportunity to GO to the art in our study abroad programs in Italy, France and Mexico.
    • Faculty who practice what they preach. Several of our faculty members are regarded as among the top in their field with multiple teaching awards, artistic and academic accolades and even multi-platinum selling records.
    • Custom coursework . You may consider designing an individual study program based upon your own needs, talents and dreams. 
    • The Program
    • Popular Courses
    • Groups, Internships & Field Work
    The Program

    Our department has been organized to include the areas of visual arts, music, and theater, which create through curriculum and events, a campus community conscience for the fine arts.  The department offers a Fine Arts minor, as well as a full range of diverse courses, events, and activities. 

    Fine Arts PICVisual ArtsStudents will have a chance to explore their inner artist through classes in painting, drawing, and photography. Students will also present one-person shows, which is a requirement for each visual arts course.

    MusicOur music program gives students a chance to develop their talents in many ways. Individual lessons are available in guitar, piano, voice, and hand drumming. Students also have the option to join various musical groups on campus such as the World Drumming Ensemble, SFU Singers, or the Band.

    TheatreTheatre has been a long tradition at Saint Francis. And it’s “hands on” experience. Unlike some schools were you have to be a theatre major or wait until you are a sophomore to be involved, you can be part of our theatre from your first day here. Theatre can give you valuable experience for almost any major: education, business, communications, marketing, law—the list is endless. Theatre is about collaboration, so you can learn what it’s like to be part of a team—or to lead one! Theatre requires all kinds of skills, so even if performing isn’t for you, you can still contribute. Best of all, being part of a show is fun! 

    Groups, Internships & Field Work

    The World Drumming Ensemble is a performance group made up of students, faculty, staff and members of the local community. Our repertory includes traditional drumming music from all over the globe. The ensemble was designed to create opportunities for each member to learn, express, perform and, most of all, enjoy playing music. Unlike most university performing groups, we have no prerequisites or auditions — all you need is a willingness to learn. The World Drumming Ensemble prides itself on providing interactive, multi-cultural benefit concerts that support music programming in schools K through 12 throughout the region.

    The  SFU Singers organization is open to any Saint Francis University student, and sometimes includes members of the faculty or staff, or individuals from the surrounding communities. Our singers usually perform one concert each semester, occasionally in conjunction with a local church choir. Although SFU Singers is not an audition group, more advanced vocalists have opportunities to perform solos or small-ensemble numbers from time to time. Most semesters, the Womenʼs Select Ensemble prepares several numbers for performance.

    Study Abroad: Trips to France and Italy focus on art, history, language and culture. From their centrally–located dormitories, students will visit working artists in their studios, museums, landmarks, architectural wonders (even the department stores are works of art!).

    Theatre Arts Workshop: Practical experience of how directors, actors, designers, and technical experts, the artists of the theatre, work together to realize the playwright’s concepts.

    Museum Internship: Under the guidance of the Director of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, interns will be directly exposed to and involved in all facets, functions, and principles related to museum work. Specifically, museum interns will have directed experiences in receiving, crating, shipping, cataloging, insuring, and exhibiting a variety of art objects. In addition, they will have directed experiences related to the preparation of policy statements, publicity releases, museum literature, and grant proposals. 

    Field Experience: Supervised experience in the application of dramatic method in a summer theatre, in a professional course at another institution, or in a concentrated program of seminars in New York City.

    Independent Study in Art &  Theatre