Fine Art (BFA)

Fine Art (BFA)

The BFA program teaches students the creative and technical skills needed to thrive as career artists. Advanced instruction is offered in non-figurative and figurative fine art, including painting, sculpting, and printmaking. Our Sculpture department has one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in North America, and our state-of-the-art printmaking facilities merge traditional tools with cutting edge technology.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

FA 110 Still Life Painting 1 Core/3
FA 143 Silkscreen 1 Core/3
FA 145 Printmaking Core/3
FA 211 Introduction to Painting: Figure Core/3
FA 213 Introduction to Anatomy Core/3
FND 110 Analysis of Form Core/3
FND 112 Figure Drawing Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer
FND 125 Color and Design Core/3
FND 131 Figure Modeling Core/3
ILL 133 Digital Media: Digital Manipulation Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 36
Major 33
Electives 9
Liberal Arts 42
Total 120

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    4 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Context & Style course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Historical Awareness course
    1 Quantitative Literacy course
    1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
    1 Employment Communications and Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication

  • Demonstrate craftsmanship and fine attention to detail

  • (Painting & Printmaking) Produce a consistent body of work demonstrating proficiency in a breadth of fine art disciplines

  • (Painting & Printmaking) Demonstrate basic skills in composition

  • (Painting & Printmaking) Demonstrate effective use of color theory

  • (Painting & Printmaking) Use value effectively when creating form

  • (Painting & Printmaking) Use appropriate style and techniques to effectively execute ideas

  • (Painting) Demonstrate effective use of proportion and gesture

  • (Painting) Demonstrate effective use of perspective

  • (Painting) Apply anatomical knowledge to accurately draw the human form

  • (Sculpture) Demonstrate understanding of three-dimensional composition, crafting (technical skill) and applying underlying concept to the overall sculpted solution

  • (Sculpture) Demonstrate basic skills in 3D composition

  • (Sculpture) Develop ideas (concept) that supports the overall composition (or construction) of a sculptural form.

  • (Sculpture) Devote attention to transitions and effectively solve transition problems

  • (Sculpture) Present and light work in gallery-ready form, including designing effective mounting systems

Technical Execution

  • (Printmaking) Demonstrate technical proficiency in a variety of printmaking processes
  • (Sculpture) Execute sculptural solutions with media-specific technical proficiency

Concept Development and Critical Analysis

  • Explore and clearly articulate concepts and creative possibilities with a given topic or subject
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of concept and execution of a given artwork

Professional Communication

  • Describe and discuss artwork in a professional manner

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a professional-standard portfolio of well-crafted artwork demonstrating personal vision
  • Create professional self-promotional materials
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pricing and the various possibilites to display and sell artwork

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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