“I have always been interested in a range of art mediums and felt constricted by formal school practice. When I transferred here, I found the most supportive teachers who pushed me to explore beyond the boundaries of traditional training and believe in myself as an interdisciplinary artist. Through that process, I have gained a better understanding of the conceptual language of visual art.”
— Collyn Aubrey, Fine Arts—Interdisciplinary Arts Alumni
At Sierra Nevada University College of Entrepreneurial Leadership, located in Incline Village, Nevada, there’s nothing passive or conventional about your education. Our status as Nevada’s only accredited private four-year institution—and our location high in the Sierra on the shores of legendary Lake Tahoe and less than a mile to the nearest ski resort—all but guarantee that. Action is in our DNA. Everything we do is dedicated to changing lives, learning forward, and engaging students to help them become confident, collaborative critical thinkers who are uniquely prepared to thrive in the real world.
Four core themes that define us
• Entrepreneurial thinking
• Professional preparedness
• Liberal arts
Art fed by community
We think creative interplay is hugely important. Whether you concentrate in 2D or 3D Practices, Digital Arts, or Interdisciplinary Art, you’ll get your fine arts degree among students from every discipline. You’ll get feedback from peers and faculty mentors who are interested in your work and ideas. You’ll exhibit work in the Midway Art Portfolio Review and annual group Student Show. BFA students finish with a solo show in one of our main galleries.
Meet the exciting visiting artists whose work is exhibited in SNU’s four gallery spaces. Add a minor in Music to expand your portfolio. Learn about the Italian Renaissance in Italy, Japanese artistic traditions in Japan, or current trends in ceramics at conferences in the US. Whatever you do, you’ll find challenge, energy, and encouragement in our close community of student and faculty artists.
Affordable private education
Sierra Nevada provides a comprehensive program of need- and merit- based financial aid through federal, state, and SNU resources. Sierra Nevada works for you—100% of accepted students receive some form of financial aid. Our donor network understands how important financial support is for all our students. You may even qualify for a merit scholarship worth up to $18,000 a year for all four years.
The SNU Job Guarantee
We believe in our graduates. In fact, we know that if you follow the guidance of your mentors and instructors and meet the criteria of the Job Guarantee Program, at commencement you’ll throw your cap in the air ready to start your career. If by some quirk of fate you find yourself with no prospect waiting upon graduation, don’t despair. We’ll take you back—for free—for a full semester of coursework to add to your skill set in a job-ready way.
Few things are more important in your college journey than meaningful mentor relationships; it’s the key to your future. These vital connections will help you navigate the complexities of your college experience all the way through the uncertainty and promise of your post-college career. There is a fortune beyond the beauty and challenge of the Tahoe basin: a community of entrepreneurs and leaders that choose to live on these shores. Our community is like no other on the planet, and it’s here for you.
The SNO experience
At SNU, you’ll start with an adventure that shows how exciting learning can be. Sierra Nevada Orientation is an innovative, two-phase program. The first phase is a special four-day camping adventure for you to meet your fellow students and explore your new home, all while learning skills that will serve you well during college and after graduation. Best of all, you get to choose the adventure that best suits your interests.
The second phase brings students back on campus. There are plenty of activities for you to meet more friends and explore the opportunities close to campus. There’s the usual introduction to the mechanics of college—academic policies, financial aid, dorm rules, library facilities. But the main focus of the week is a group of hands-on workshops that introduce you to the University’s core themes and immersive learning style.