Bachelor of Fine Arts

Studio Training Enhanced by the Liberal Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program pairs demanding studio training with a creatively focused liberal arts education to meet each student’s specific interests. A four-year program, the PAFA BFA enhances artistic skill and personal expression with critical thinking using the full scope of the humanities.

Liberal Arts by Working Artists

Taught by experts in academic disciplines, the in-house BFA combines outstanding training and mentoring in studio fine art with an education in liberal arts specifically tailored to the working artist. The experience cultivates skill and intellect, and promotes exploration of each student’s artistic calling.

This program maintains the intensity and immersion of studio-centered training and complements it with the added value of an academic degree. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentrations in painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, or sculpture.

Program Structure

First Year Experience

Students develop a solid foundation in traditional skills in their first year of study. They gain functional competence with visual organization in two- and three-dimensional forms, study color theory, and hone their abilities in drawing. They learn to observe closely and understand light, form, space and human anatomy.

Second and Third Year Experience

The second and third years are devoted to coursework in liberal arts studies and in one of the five concentrations in studio art.

Fourth Year Experience

During their fourth year, BFA students are assigned individual studio workspaces and are mentored by faculty critics. Fourth-year BFA students develop a portfolio by documenting their artwork and preparing an artist’s statement. The program culminates at the end of the fourth year with participation in the Annual Student Exhibition.

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