One Semester Later: The Ferman Center

By Savanna Perry

Since opening up in Spring 2021, the Ferman Center for the Arts (FCA) has become  the new hub for all of the arts at The University of Tampa. 

According to a press release sent out by UT, the FCA stands at four-stories tall and 90,000 square feet, making it the largest academic building on campus.

Many art students who utilize this building find that it is more efficient as they take part in multiple courses without having to leave the building.

“My classes are all in that building compared to last year where I would have to walk around the entire campus to get to my next class in less than five minutes,” said Patrick Messmer, sophomore musical theater and dance double major.

Some students find that taking classes in the old buildings had a very different feel in comparison to the FCA. From the design of the building to the more space available for art students, they find the upgrade is vast. 

“The old building was very condensed, and between the different music degrees you saw everyone all the time,” said Lauren Cole, senior music and chemistry double major. “In the new building it feels like we are less on top of each other and have a lot more space. It’s also been nice to be able to see the art that other students are creating.”

The FCA boasts an impressive variety of resources for students, including a 200-seat theater, three music recording studios, a wood/metal fabrication shop, a black box theater, The Center for Public Speaking, various student study spaces, an art gallery, and more. 

Students of all majors, not just those of the arts, are able to utilize this building in some way or another. 

Yet, some students believe that the FCA has room for improvements for resources it provides to students. . 

“Something that I wish the new building would have is a set of vending machines on each floor. This way we can get a quick snack between our classes,” said Messmer.

Even with the academic advantages the FCA offers, some find that UT’s old art classrooms helped create a more united art community at UT. 

“There was a very community and family feel in the old building because it was much smaller and was just music students,” said Cole. 

Even though some prefer the old classrooms, some students find that the FCA is important in developing skills for the future of arts students at UT.

“I don’t prefer the old building at all. The announcement of the FCA was the key reason why I committed to Tampa in the first place,” said Messmer. 

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