Collage of departments within Fain. From left to right, Art, Mass Communication, Music and Theatre.

The Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts encompasses programs in art, mass communication, music and theatre. The primary purpose of the college is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in these disciplines. To accomplish this purpose, emphasis is placed on applying classroom learning to process and performance.

The college prides itself on ensuring that its students do what they study: in its art studios, in its newspaper and television laboratories, and in its concerts, recitals, and dramatic productions. Moreover, the college is committed to offering individualized instruction in functional, safe, modern surroundings.

Because the college's offerings are devoted solely to undergraduate programs, because its faculty members are committed to effective teaching and because the ratio of full-time faculty members to fine arts majors is low, students are assured frequent, high-quality contact with their instructors.

The quality of instruction is enhanced by the faculty's desire to serve as role models for students through their research and creative endeavors. Frequently these endeavors directly involve students, thus vitalizing their educational experiences.

Besides providing knowledge and training that will qualify students for jobs, graduate study, or professional school, the college strives to help students develop aesthetic sensibility, cultural awareness, and social responsibility. Not only are students taught to create within their disciplines, but they are also challenged to evaluate the quality of what they have created, to assess the effect of their creations on the wider culture, and to aspire to professionalism and excellence. The goal is to empower students to use their talents to enrich and advance society.

Thus, the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts produces graduates who are competent professionals and sensitive, tolerant, reliable, constructive citizens.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the webpage of the Fain College of Fine Arts at MSU Texas! We are a community of artists, educators, and scholars who are dedicated to preparing our students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong pursuit of creativity and inquiry.

We believe that the arts are foundational to our society and help us navigate and transform the world in which we live. Our dynamic faculty, all accomplished professionals and experienced educators, are dedicated to individualized instruction and develop strong mentoring relationships with students that often extend past graduation.

Our nationally accredited programs promote learning environments where the visual arts become a means of life-long critical contemplation and observation of the world.

I would like you to visit us, enjoy our excellent facilities, attend one of our events, and join us as a student or community member.

Leah Gose
Dean, Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts
Midwestern State University