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Visual Arts (BFA)

Follow your artistic dreams — and at the same time — make a living out of it.

Degrees & Offerings
  • BFA
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“The professional undergraduate degree in a visual art specialization is structured to provide in-depth, formal education that will prepare students for entry into professional practice or advanced professionally oriented study upon graduation.” — National Association of Schools of Art and Design

A Bachelor of Fine Arts prepares you for:

  • A masters degree in art therapy
  • A masters degree in information technology
  • A Master of Fine Arts degree (terminal degree for teaching at a college level)

This degree offers eight areas of concentration — each supervised by a specific faculty member.

  • Art History
  • Drawing
  • Fabric Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Courses and Curriculum

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Total Credits required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree                                                     

Foundations Requirements (6 credits)

  • ARTSTDIO 153 Foundation Design                                                                       3 credits
  • ARTSTDIO 111 Introductory Drawing                                                                   3 credits

Interdisciplinary Studio Requirements (18 credits)

Students must take one 200 level course in each of the following disciplines:

  • Painting                                                                                                                   3 credits
  • Photography                                                                                                          3 credits
  • Sculpture                                                                                                                3 credits
  • Printmaking                                                                                                             3 credits
  • Fabric Design                                                                                                         3 credits
  • Graphic Design                                                                                                       3 credits

BFA Concentration Requirements (12 credits)

During required advising sessions, students will ensure that concentration requirements are satisfied. Students must take four course in ONE of the following concentrations: Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Printmaking, Fabric Design or Graphic Design

  • Second course in discipline                                                                                    3 credits
  • Third course in discipline                                                                                        3 credits
  • Fourth course or Advanced in discipline                                                                3 credits
  • BFA Portfolio in discipline                                                                                      3 credits

Portfolio Requirements (0 credit requirement of the major)

  • Sophomore Review                                                           
  • Junior Review                                                        
  • Senior Review

BFA Seminar (3 credits)

  • ARTSTDIO 498 BFA Seminar (senior year)                                                          3 credits

Art Studio Electives (21 credits)

  • Any 7 (200 level or above) ARTSTDIO Prefix Courses                                         21 credits

Art History Requirements (15 Credits)

  • ARTHIST 235 Art History Survey I Ancient – Early Ren                                       3 credits
  • ARTHIST 236 Art History Survey II Ren – Late Modern                                       3 credits
  • Any 2 (200 level of higher) ARTHIST Prefix Course *                                           6 credits

    *Graphic Design Students must take ARTHIST 370 History of Graphic Design

  • ARTHIST 460 OR other 300/400 level Art History                                    3 credits                     

BFA - TOTAL                                                                                                 75 credits

PLUS - Free Elective and General Education Studies (45 Credits)

*Required General Education Non-Visual Art Elective (Music, Theater, or Dance prefix)               3 Credits

  • Additional Gen Ed studies                                                                              42 Credits      

Complete Degree TOTAL                                                                             120 Credits

The Husky Difference

National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Founded in 1944, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 363 accredited institutional members.
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Bloomsburg has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, honored for its quality and high-impact practices leading to a personalized education catered to students’ interests.


A fine arts degree gives you skills that will set you up in a wide range of creative careers. As a fine arts grad, the world is yours!

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Commercial Art Gallery Manager
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker
  • Art Studio Technician
  • Fashion/Textile Designer
  • Photo Journalist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Interior Design
  • Museum/Gallery Curator
  • Costume Designer
  • Multimedia Programmer

Top Skills Employers are Looking For

  • artistic talent and creativity
  • determination and commitment
  • good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • technical ability
  • good visual communication skills

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