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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is for students who want to pursue a career in the studio arts and continue on to graduate school in a specific medium.

Why should I study bachelor of fine arts?

The role of visual images in our culture is enormous. Can you imagine a society with no images? From graphic design to advertising, to information design and websites, to a thousand uses of images in all forms of media, to the studio artist, the art gallery owner, the museum curator, the art historian and critic, there exists a huge range of professions and jobs for creatively trained people who work with images. Whether as artistic expressions of spiritual meaning or practical designs for business clients, images serve culture in rich and diverse ways.

Who makes all these images? Creatively trained and visually gifted people.

The deep investment in studio practice and art history required of the B.F.A. prepares a student’s mind, practice, and portfolio for graduate school and a professional life as a working artist.

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates have careers in:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Fashion design
  • Film and video production
  • Furniture design
  • Liturgical art
  • Product design
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching at a university level
  • Intellectual property law

Our graduates work in roles including:

  • Co-owner of The Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Director of The Midway Center for Contemporary Arts, MN
  • Independent curator in New York City
  • Exhibiting at international museums like The Whitney in New York and the Essl Museum in Vienna
  • Exhibiting at national and regional galleries such as: The Phipps Art Center, Hudson, WI; Altered Aesthetics Gallery, Minneapolis; Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis; Mystery Science Theater 3000, Los Angeles; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery, New York

Alumni have continued on to graduate schools including:

  • Yale University
  • Cranbrook Art Academy
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Hunter College

What skills will I develop?

  • Grantwriting, exhibition proposals, and project applications
  • Building a professional web presence
  • Intermediate and advanced technical skills in the following studio of your choice: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics
  • The physical and conceptual aspects of making art in 2 and 3 dimensions
  • Idea development through conversations with artists and the study of artists and movements
  • The ability to analyze, interpret, and critique art
  • How to form a personal style and vision for your artwork

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Our students have interned at The Soap Factory Gallery, The LAB Digital, Alec Soth Studio, Franconia Sculpture Park, Form + Content Gallery 
  • The opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in the department studios or galleries
  • Studio visits, conversations, and critique, from regional and national artists who present in our galleries and courses
  • Access 7 days a week to well-equipped studios
  • The opportunity to exhibit work in the annual all-student exhibition, student-curated exhibitions during J-term, and the 2 senior exhibitions
  • Study abroad in countries such as Italy, Germany, England, or Ireland

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