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B.F.A. in Art

Artist PaletteDesigned for individuals who plan a career in the world of art, the Bachelor of Fine Arts offers an intensive program that combines conservatory training in the traditional studio arts with a liberal arts education. This 129-credit program is intended for students who wish to become professional artists and/or pursue graduate study in the visual arts.

As an art major you will study with professional artists and leading scholars, as well as visiting guest artists from around the world. You will build a solid foundation in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking, while exploring the history and theory of human creativity in courses that range from the arts of the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean to contemporary photography and digital design. Art Foundations are required of all freshmen in the program, where concepts and practices in two- and three-dimensional art forms are examined. As a junior you will choose one or more of the studio arts as your concentration; as a senior you will work with a faculty advisor in preparing a B.F.A. exhibition of works in your chosen art media.

A digital technology lab; painting, sculpture and ceramic studios; galleries to showcase student work; and the Hillwood Art Museum are a few of the many resources at your fingertips. These facilities are complemented by one of the finest undergraduate academic libraries in the region with holdings that include important art collections.

Qualities that Set Us Apart

  • Exceptional faculty of professional, working artists and scholars as well as world-class guest artists
  • Small classes and an individualized approach to learning
  • Professional facilities include the Ceramics Design Center, Printmaking Workshop and Paper Mill, Print and Digital Photography Studios, Student Art Galleries, Painting Studios
  • Nationally acclaimed career services and internship placements
  • Inspiring campus setting, located on 307 wooded acres
  • Less than an hour from Manhattan, providing easy access to the rich New York City art and culture