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Art (BFA)

Creating your future.

Art is all around us -- and behind each piece of work is a story and a skilled artist.

The ACU Bachelor of Fine Arts is a studio-intensive course of study designed for students with a strong commitment to a professional future as graphic designers, studio artists and/or art teachers. You’ll develop a broad repertoire of skills through the study of painting, sculpture and printmaking, and build a solid foundation in the fine arts through coursework in design, drawing, art history and art theory.

You can further hone your skills by concentrating in one of these areas: art education, graphic design, painting, photography or sculpture.

Our goal is that you’ll leave ACU with an exceptional, professional portfolio, especially appealing if you plan to pursue an MFA after graduation.

Program Overview

Credit hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 72 credit hours (Choice of 4 tracks)
+ Electives: 0 credit hours
= Total Required: 131 credit hours*
*Based on track selection

Tracks 4
Department Art and Design
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Digital Art Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Advanced Drawing
  • Persuasive Graphics
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  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

What can you do after graduation?

  • Art Historian
  • Advertising Director
  • Set Designer
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Cartographer
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Conceptual Artist
  • Museum Curator
  • Design Consultant
  • Medical Illustrator

Rebecca Barker (‘04) helped shape one of the campus icons.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

By design, so much of what fine-arts students do in the classroom is real-world experience: they paint, they draw, they sculpt, they design. Outside of these built-in and literally hands-on learning opportunities are several student organizations and co-curriculars including

  • Study abroad
  • Student exhibitions
  • Morris + Mitchell (student-run ad agency)
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts

About the Department of Art and Design

Students studying at table

Our versatile faculty in the Department of Art and Design is made up of award-winning artists; we are leaders in our various disciplines and media, artists that actively produce and exhibit our creative work. As artists and educators, we believe that art has a unique power to change our world, to make it a more beautiful, generous, rich, and open place.

Alice Pratt Brown Art Hall is home to spacious studios, computer labs, specialized classrooms and a woodshop. Advanced students have competitive access to private and shared studio space. The Hall is also home to the Clover Virginia Shore Art Gallery and a sculpture courtyard

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.