Bachelor of Fine Arts

Unleash your artistic skills while you pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at ACU, a degree that can build the foundation for a career as a graphic designer, artist or teacher, or pave your way to graduate school. This challenging, studio-intensive course of study is designed for students with a strong commitment to a professional future as graphic designers, studio artists or art teachers.

Unleash your artistic skills while you pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at ACU, a degree that can build the foundation for a career as a graphic designer, artist or teacher, or pave your way to graduate school. This challenging, studio-intensive course of study is designed for students with a strong commitment to a professional future as graphic designers, studio artists or art teachers.

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Mission

Our faculty is composed of award-winning artists and designers who are leaders in their various disciplines and media, and who actively produce and exhibit their creative work. As artists and educators, they believe art has a unique power to change our world and make it a more beautiful, generous, rich and open place.

Program Structure

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Tracks

Sculpture (ART-SCPT)
Painting (ART-PTNG)
Graphic Design (ART-GRDS)
Art Level Teaching (ART-ARTT)

Required 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

Example Coursework

ART 105 – Two-Dimensional Design
ART 106 – Three-Dimensional Design
ART 111 – Basic Drawing
ART 112 – Figure Drawing I

Minor Available

Yes

Department

Art and Design

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: Nov. 1
Regular: Feb. 1
National Candidates: May 1

Curriculum

Student working on art

As a BFA student, 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 will further hone your skills by concentrating in either art education, graphic design, painting or sculpture. Once you graduate, you’ll take with you an exceptional professional portfolio that will be especially valuable whether you plan to immediately pursue a career in your field of study or pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Outside the Classroom

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

Careers

Rebecca Barker Class of 2004

As a BFA graduate, you’ll be  prepared for a variety of careers, including:

  • Art Historian
  • Advertising Director
  • Set Designer
  • Special Effects Artists
  • Conceptual Artist
  • Commercial Photographer