Fine Arts (BFA)
In University of the Arts’ Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Fine Arts, your personal vision and artistic innovation anchor the development of your work. You’ll be exposed to a wide range of historical and contemporary art and encouraged to choose techniques, processes and formats that are necessary for your artistic vision. You’ll develop a personal studio practice based on conceptual interests, expanding your technical skills, and integrating cultural and historical context into your perspective.
The Fine Arts curriculum is based on a framework of research, studio experimentation, artistic invention and daily practice. You’ll be prepared to produce significant cultural contributions and dialogue, exhibit art in galleries and museums, and create work for diverse communities and public spaces. You’ll complete assignments that will develop your conceptual skills, so you can master the processes and techniques you need to achieve your artistic vision.
As a student in the Fine Arts program, you can choose an emphasis in Painting, Expanded Drawing and Print Media or Sculpture. Each of these emphases has five required classes. Using elective classes, you can choose a broad field of study or acquire deep knowledge in your chosen discipline. Generally, you’ll take one class in your emphasis and one interdisciplinary class each semester.
Critical thinking and visual analysis is combined with research into culturally important areas outside of the arts, such as, philosophy, psychology, history, sociology and science. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to add something of value to the human experience and make a mark on history.
Your senior thesis project/exhibition prepares you for successful entry into graduate-level programs or a variety of professional careers, as well as preparing you to be competitive in gaining other forms of support such as grants, residencies and gallery exhibitions.
About the Curriculum
After completing the Fine Arts program, students will be able to
demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking through the development of a distinct and personal approach to art-making informed by contemporary issues and historical precedents.
demonstrate critical and conceptual development through research and analysis, applying readings, theories and methodologies to the production of critically informed artworks.
acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs and productive citizens, including study at the graduate level.
effectively communicate, orally and in writing, the thoughts behind their choices and decisions concerning content and strategies.
demonstrate proficiency in a number of advanced techniques in their individual studio practice, including a deep familiarity with materials and processes.
- DRAW 110 Drawing: Objects and Space 3 credits
- DRAW 111 Drawing: Natural Forms and the Human Figure or DRAW 112 Drawing: Ideation 3 credits
- FINA 210 Expanded Materials 3 credits
- FINA 400 Fine Arts Thesis Groundwork 3 credits
- FINA 402 The Artists’ Manifesto 3 credits
- FINA 403 Professional Practices 3 credits
- FINA 404 Fine Arts Thesis Studio 3 credits
- FINA 499 Fine Arts Internship 1–3 credits (Complete 1.5 credits)
- IMAG 101 Image/Time 3 credits
- IMAG 102 Color 3 credits
- OBJT 101 Object/Environment 3 credits
- OBJT 103 Body As Form or OBJT 104 Found & Fabricated 3 credits
- SOAC 200 Sophomore Projects 3 credits
- SOAC 300 Junior Projects/Discourse I 3 credits
- SOAC 301 Junior Projects/Discourse II 3 credits
- ANIM 103 Principles of Animation 1.5 credits
- ANIM 105 Puppet/Stop Motion Animation 1.5 credits
- ANIM 131 Introduction to 2D Computer Animation 3 credits
- ANIM 209 Experimental Animation 1.5 credits
- ANIM 234 Introduction to 3D Animation 3 credits
- CRFT 203 Computers for Object Makers 3 credits
- IXDE 201 Markup and Scripting I 1.5 credits
- IXDE 202 Markup and Scripting II 1.5 credits
- DAAT 210 Digital Multimedia 3 credits
- FILM 124 Video Production 3 credits
- FILM 204 Sound Design 3 credits
- GAMA 240 Virtual 3D Environments I 3 credits
- GDES 212 Visualizing Language I: Typographic Hierarchies 3 credits
- ILUS 103 Imaging Workshop 3 credits
- ILUS 105 Digital Imaging 1.5
- LENS 301 Lens Based Media Workshop 3 credits
- MBET 112 Audio Electronics I 1.5 credits
- PHOT 243 Digital Photography - Non-Majors 3 credits
- PRNT 411 Digital Printmaking 3 credits
- TDTC 203 Vectorworks Drafting 2 credits
Explore the Full Curriculum
Expanded Drawing & Print Media
Drawing and print media provide versatile strategies for experimentation in mark, space and idea. In the University of the Arts’ Expanded Drawing & Print Media program, you will develop a studio practice that pushes the boundaries of traditional classifications and broadens your ways of seeing, making a mark and creating experiences.
With a Painting emphasis in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, you’ll build strong painting skills with hands-on studio time. You will also develop problem-solving and decision-making skills for all artistic disciplines in a classroom setting.
UArts' Sculpture program is a concentration in our Bachelor of Fine Arts program, so while you'll be immersed in study in the study of sculpture, you'll also have the opportunity to study multiple disciplines and collaborate with students in other programs.
How to Apply
UArts offers recommended priority deadlines; students who apply and submit all required materials by the priority deadline will receive first consideration for scholarship aid from UArts. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.
International students requiring an F-1 visa for study in the U.S. might be subject to earlier deadlines to provide time for completion of the visa process. Contact Admissions for guidance if you are an international student who wishes to apply after the priority deadline.
Spring 2022 priority deadline: Dec. 4, 2021
Fall 2022 priority deadline: Feb. 15, 2022
We cannot accept spring 2022 applications after Jan. 10, 2022, and cannot accept fall 2022 applications after Aug. 12, 2022.
The following materials are required for your application.
The application includes two required short-answer questions: What excites you about UArts? What inspires you?
If you qualify for a fee waiver from NACAC, CollegeBoard, UArts or another source, indicate that on your application. If the cost of the application fee is a barrier, contact Admissions to request a fee waiver code.
Official transcripts must be sent directly from your school by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service.
International transcript requirements
If you’ve attended high school outside the U.S., read the additional guidelines for international transcripts.
Transfer student transcript requirements
High school transcripts may be waived for transfer applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework, including a minimum of 18 academic, non-studio credits.
Official transcripts must be sent directly from all the colleges you have attended by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service.
If you’ve attended college outside the U.S., you are required to have an official course-by-course evaluation of your college coursework sent to UArts. Additional guidelines for international transcripts are available.
A portfolio is required for all Art, Design, Film and Writing programs. Your portfolio may be uploaded during the application process or via your applicant status portal after submission. You must confirm when your submission is complete via the linked electronic form before your portfolio can be reviewed for admission.
Letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors are optional and may be submitted by the recommender via email to email@example.com or by your high school through a secure electronic document-delivery service.
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