LCAD’s Fine Arts department presents entering students with an immersive artistic experience offering a robust foundation in representational drawing, painting and sculpture with an emphasis placed on academic figuration. Alongside building skills, our courses encourage experimentation with materials and exploration of individual ideas and interests to broaden students’ visual language, culminating in the development of a body of work that is authentic to each artist.

Students entering senior year are provided a private studio space to work for the entirety of their final year, where they are mentored individually and engage in critical discourse with their peers and distinguished guests. The Fine Arts department offers a BFA in Drawing and Painting, in addition to an Emphasis in Illustration, and an Emphasis in Sculpture.

Our Fine Arts faculty is composed of nationally and internationally recognized artists who are invested in mentoring their students to enter the diverse world of visual arts.


  • Abend Gallery
  • Arcadia Contemporary
  • Art Miami
  • Art Renewal Center
  • Copro Gallery
  • Dawson Cole Fine Art
  • Gallery 1261
  • High Noon Gallery
  • Koplin Del Rio Gallery
  • LA Art Show
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • Manifest Gallery
  • MEAM Museum
  • Poets + Artists
  • Portrait Society of America
  • Salmagundi Club
  • Saltfineart
  • Sue Greenwood Fine Art
  • Sullivan Goss Gallery


Graduate Will Learn How To:

  • Execute a complex understanding of a broad range of materials and techniques.
  • Implement technical knowledge as it pertains to historical and contemporary art practices.
  • Synthesize through practice, problem defining and problem-solving while drawing from diverse external sources.
  • Communicate depth of understanding of one’s artistic practice and its historical context in written and verbal forms.
  • Articulate an understanding of present-day professional standards in their chosen media and in the larger field of contemporary art.

LCAD | Hope Railey
Hope Railey
Chair of Drawing + Painting

Hope Railey is a passionate and driven fine artist and teacher who has dedicate the last 20 years to painting in the studio and teaching future generations of artists. Hope has exhibited throughout the country and was most recently featured in December 2021 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, is an Associate Professor, and currently serves as chair of the Fine Arts department since 2011. She is a regional juror for the AXA Art Prize and has served on artist panels at the 2021 LPAPA Invitational.