Art (B.F.A.) Major

Do you love to create thought-provoking work, explore different mediums, and use visuals to communicate ideas?

At a glance

The B.F.A. in Art is a professional degree for studio art and art education majors, allowing you to explore various mediums and gain a foundational knowledge base in art history. You’ll get opportunities to learn from masters of their crafts as well as look back upon art throughout the ages, different forms of expression, and their impact on society. 

Degree typeBachelor of Fine Arts
FormatOn campus
Part ofCollege of Liberal Arts
Competitive major?No
Accelerated option?No
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.

Art Education

The Art Education concentration embraces the artist-teacher concept, allowing you to develop a studio practice while preparing to teach art at the K-12 level.  


In the drawing concentration, you’ll build a solid foundation in the basics of drawing and perception skills, as well as acquire a visual vocabulary, and explore personal expression and a broad range of ideas and theories. 

Electronic Art

You’ll focus on experimental video and animation techniques, net art, and using software as a medium for creative output. Additionally, you’ll gain technical skills that are complemented by research on contemporary art, current technology, and the role of new media art. 


You’ll be skilled at creating and transforming fabrics and fiber structures into works of expression. You’ll gain a strong foundation in weaving, surface design, and related textile techniques.  

Graphic Design

Explore and master graphic design theory, history and professional practices to create artistic expressions in print and digital media, and experimenting with treatments of typography and illustration.  


Explore traditional metalsmithing techniques, while developing your own artistic practice. Projects introduce and strengthen technical skills and explore historical and contemporary practice within the field


You’ll gain an understanding of the visual language and technical aspects of painting. As your proficiency in advances, you’ll work with alternative tools, methods and surfaces.   

Photo Image Making

Learn the fundamentals of photographic practice, gain an understanding of its connections to the contemporary art world, and explore personal applications of the photography and photo image creation.


This comprehensive ceramics curriculum exposes you to the range of contemporary ceramic art processes and concepts while you develop critical, technical, and manual skills and explore self-expression through functional art. 


Examine and develop a technical background in the variety of media needed to cultivate a studio practice in the old art of printmaking. Courses are taught workshop style to allow you to share diverse creative inquiry with other artists as you learn.


You’ll be encouraged to experiment and innovate while exploring content in the areas of object making, installation, site-based work, performance, time-based art, and digital processes with a variety of materials and mediums. 

Some Career Options

Graduating with a B.F.A. in Art will provide you with a number of transferable skills in communication, analysis, and critical thinking that are vital for work in traditional business as well as positions in academia and roles as freelance artists, graphic designers, art educators, art historians, studio artists and as “creatives” in government, marketing, and nonprofits.

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