BFA+BA Degrees

The College of Art offers two different degree paths for students interested in studying art and design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree program, providing disciplinary depth for students who are striving for professional careers as designers or artists. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree has a broader, liberal arts base, for students who want to balance art and design with other fields of study.

At a Glance: Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Majors in Art, Communication Design, or Fashion Design
- Capstone course work required
- Culminating exhibition/public showcase of work
- 65 credits of studio work: greater disciplinary depth within the major*

At a Glance: Bachelor of Arts
- Majors in Art or Design
- No capstone experience
- 30-36 credits of studio work: greater flexibility to pursue second majors/minors and to take courses across the University; students may take up to two non-SFS courses as specified by this list*

*For students entering in fall 2018 or after

Facilities & Resources

Our workspaces include wood and metal shops, a large-scale etching press, a letterpress book studio, and laser cutters. All juniors and seniors have their own individual studios.

You can research and explore the books, art, and special collections of the world-class Kemper Art Museum, Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, and Dowd Modern Graphic History Library—all right on campus.

Career Outcomes

A degree in art or design prepares you to pursue any number of professional paths. As proof, 96% of our alumni are employed in creative professions, or enrolled in graduate programs or residencies, within three months of graduation. Our dedicated Career Services office offers Sam Fox School students one-on-one advising and specialized programs to pursue their professional interests. Learn more here>>