Cumberland University

Fine Arts

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Entertainment Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Studio Art
  • Art Education (K-12) Teacher Licensure

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree provides students with a means to develop their technical and creative potential, while learning to express themselves as diverse and informed artists. The program's theoretical and practical approach within a liberal arts curriculum strives to stimulate the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth of students preparing for professional careers or graduate study.

Students pursuing the B.F.A. take a series of art foundation courses as freshmen and sophomores; then specialize in one of several areas. Course options within the traditional visual arts include include Painting, Sculpture, and Studio Art. Along with Studio Art, an option is available for additional coursework leading to Art Education (K-12) Teacher Licensure. Studio art courses in glass are also available.

Students can also pursue new media oriented digital areas such as Digital Photography or Entertainment Design - with a course of study unique to the Nashville area. In addition to traditional and computer studies in art and design, Entertainment Design students also pursue coursework in areas such as music technology, theatre essentials, and time-based media, with options for related studies such as business or cinema studies. Students are encouraged to pursue internships, in order to begin to experience the workplace and make contacts within their fields of interest.

Cumberland Art Students Exhibit in Spring Competitions

Neon works by Cumberland University art students, Joseph Bates and Natalie Novak are among some of the outstanding works being exhibited in numerous competitions this spring.

Neon by Natalie NovakTen students have had works exhibited in Artist of the 21st Century competition at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Humbolt, TN. Six students have also competed in the Chromatics Emergence Competition in Nashville.

In the last two months, Students from the Art Department have had work exhibited at Wilson County Bank, Artists' Alley Gallery, Lebanon Country Club, and Montgomery Bell Academy.


Undergraduate Minors

  • Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Entertainment Design
  • Digital Photography

Master of Arts in Fine Arts

  • Studio Art

Fine Arts Scholarships

All Cumberland University students are encouraged to participate in Fine Arts activities. Scholarships are available for students, regardless of major, with abilities in Art, instrumental or vocal/choral music or theatre. Cumberland University students are encouraged to take individual art courses or pursue an Art minor or a major in Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art. Various visual art media, techniques and styles are included in the curriculum, and a student art show is one of the many art displays in the Adams Gallery of the Fine Arts Center. For further information about the program or art scholarships, contact 615-547-1331.

For complete curriculum and course descriptions, please review our catalog.