Fine Art

The Department of Visual Art, Communication & Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and drawing and a Bachelor of Arts in art. People often ask what the difference is between the BFA and the BA program in art. According to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the professional degree (BFA) focuses on intensive work in the visual arts supported by a program of general studies, whereas the liberal arts degree (BA) focuses on art and design in the context of a broader program of general studies.

Degree Options


Fine Art BFA

The BFA in fine art is a professional degree designed for students who want to combine intensive studio art practice with a liberal arts education.

The BFA in fine art incorporates a chosen concentration in the area of painting or drawing. Students are also encouraged to pursue at least one internship during their undergraduate experience. Common internships take place at museums, art galleries, or by working closely with an established fine artist.

Full admission to the BFA program is granted only upon successful completion of the BFA Review, typically done at the end of a student's sophomore year.

BFA in fine arts major potential careers

  • Professional artist—painter, sculptor, etc.
  • University professor—MFA required
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Exhibition designer
  • Art/creative director
  • Art critic
  • Public art programs coordinator
  • Forensic artist
  • Medical illustrator
  • Production artist
  • Fine art and antique auction cataloger
  • Background designer/2D layout artist
  • Art handler/museum preparator
  • Theater/stage designer
  • Animator
  • Arts administrator
  • Commercial artist
  • Food designer
  • Makeup artist
  • Art supplies sales rep
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Fine Art BA

The BA in art is an academic degree with a broad interdisciplinary program that is well suited for those students who anticipate graduate school either in their related emphasis field, or another area.

The BA in art student’s interest in art and other educational pursuits are equally as strong, making the degree appropriate for those who wish to integrate other educational pursuits with their visually creative work. The degree also lends itself easily to the combination of multiple majors, minors and pre-professional programs such as pre-art therapy, pre-med, or pre-dent.

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue at least one internship in an area of interest during their undergraduate experience. Examples of internships appropriate for a BA in art are working at a museum, art gallery, business or office, non-profit, youth, public or outreach programs, or with an independent artist.

BA in art major potential careers

  • Fine Art Professor—MFA required
  • Art Historian—PhD required
  • Archaeologist—PhD required
  • Cultural Heritage & Preservation—PhD required
  • Medical doctor—Doctorate required
  • Art therapist—MA/PhD required
  • Counselor, psychologist—PhD required
  • Conservationist—MA/PhD required
  • Museum or gallery curator—MA/MFA required
  • Arts administrator—MA/MFA usually required
  • Art/creative director—MA/MFA recommended
  • Public arts programs coordinator
  • Event planner
  • Art supplies sales representative
  • Appraisal assistant
  • Coordinator for youth and outreach programs
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Writing and publishing
  • Recruiting
  • Any field where creativity is vital
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