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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is considered a professional degree. This program is developed to enhance the art student's career placement opportunities and/or entrance into graduate school. The program of study provides students with an intensive studio-based degree and a variety of curricular options.

The BFA degree combines general understanding with the development of personal style in studio work selected from the following: Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Sculpture, and Photography. Complemented by a general education in liberal arts studies, this studio program enables each student to master creative techniques and to comprehend the meaning and importance of the visual arts in a diverse social, historical, and intellectual context.

Program Structure

The art focus develops skill and creative expression in graphic design, illustration, ceramics, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Theoretical knowledge is embedded in practical learning. Students are trained as both practicing artists and educators. Art history and art criticism courses allow students to gain historical perspective with studies that include multicultural artistic styles, artistic movements, and aesthetic/critical problems in art. Graduates are certified to teach in the public schools at all grade levels. Preparation for teaching includes the following unique features: a teaching laboratory, supervised observations and aiding experiences in the public schools, and a supervised internship.

Program Requirements from the Undergraduate Catalog

University Wide Scholarships
There are numerous awards and scholarships for students within the Department of Visual Arts. To view this information on available awards and scholarships, please visit the University Wide Scholarships page.