Why Study at USF

Immerse yourself in visual culture at the USF School of Art & Art History. Explore and express the power of art with a community that boosts your passion for creativity.

For more than four decades the School of Art & Art History has been recognized as the state of Florida’s premier program in the visual arts. A recent report from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design attests to this accomplishment: “The work routinely produced by faculty, graduate and undergraduates is world-class, and the atmosphere of intimacy and ease of human interaction is both distinctive and rare. The sense of belonging expressed by faculty, staff and students was palpable. The amount of space available . . . particularly studios, is exceptional.”

Close-Knit Community

At the University of South Florida, whether studying with classmates for your exam in Art History or working in your studio preparing for a critique, you truly get to know everyone else. The friends you make here will continue to support you long after you’ve graduated. With a very small ratio of students to teachers, you will receive individualized mentoring from our faculty of internationally acclaimed artists and scholars. You can contact the school’s full-time technical staff to help solve any problems. In addition, support your goals by accessing opportunities for generous financial aid, grants, and travel and research awards.

Become part of an alumni base of thousands – not just in Florida but literally around the world. These former Art & Art History students enable you to access a network of like-minded, successful creative artists and scholars.

Dynamic Curriculum

Exceed your expectations. Studio students advance your art-making with courses that challenge you creatively. Liberal arts courses strengthen your critical thinking and communication skills. Art History students analyze works of art from different periods and diverse cultures. Enhance your research skills and emerge a scholar. Join the school on our annual field trip to Miami for the world-renowned Art Basel Miami Beach. Experience art in Paris through our month-long USF Summer Art Program.

Career Preparation

In every one of our degree programs, you will learn professional practices, such as compiling your portfolio, interview rehearsals, filing for copyright ownership of artwork, and much more. You can intern with museums, designers and professional artists in the Tampa Bay region to gain real-world experience. Focus on your success and discover opportunities for growth with the school’s academic advisors. Plan your career and discuss your employment options with USF Career Services.

Cutting-Edge Facilities & Equipment

Explore and expand your creativity with facilities unmatched in the southeast United States. Whether it’s painting, sculpture, animation, photography, ceramics, video, printmaking, or drawing, your specialization takes center stage. Engage with the thought-provoking exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum, located right next to the Art & Art History Building. Develop an exhibition and showcase your artwork alongside fellow students at our Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery.

Be A Part of Tampa Bay’s Thriving Arts Community

Surround yourself with plenty of opportunities to experience art. Visit the established contemporary and historical exhibitions at the Salvador Dalí Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. Check out also the works of art at new museums opening in the area. Plus, explore the off-the-beaten-path spaces for alternative exhibitions, videos, music, and performances that are popping up everywhere. The diversity of people, places, history, and activities enhance your studies – there is a wealth of possibility and inspiration that has sprung to life in our region.

Achieve More With The Resources And Support Of A Top Research University

The University of South Florida is a Preeminent State Research University, placing USF in the most elite category among Florida’s 12 public universities. As a major in studio art or art history, you have the many advantages of an urban research university available to you. USF has dedicated centers for career planning, research and global travel grants, advanced visual and multimedia technologies, and community outreach, along with a vast array of student organizations.

Expand Your Skills and Knowledge

You can enrich your perspective and creative problem-solving through the school’s emphasis on interdisciplinary education. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to combine a major with interdisciplinary certificates in Art & Business, Design & Engineering, and Design & Mass Communications. Moreover, courses such as Art in Medicine & Health, Survey of Arts Administration, and Art Education Community help you explore additional options for a degree in art.