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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)

College: College of Liberal Arts & Communication

Department: Art + Design


The Department of Art at Arkansas State University will provide an educational environment that fosters the creation and understanding of art. Students in art develop insight, sensitivity, and perception toward all aspects of nature while building individual expressive responses. Aesthetic and functional values, creative ideas, and media skills are developed through instructional guidance and applied experience in the studio and classroom.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Some of the courses may involve field trips to Memphis Brooks Museum, The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, or other regional art collections. Arkansas State University is an Accredited Institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Why the BFA?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs are designed to prepare students for professional careers as a classroom art teacher, graphic designer, or studio artist. The BFA in Art (with emphasis in Studio Art or Art Education) is the initial professional degree, and it is the requisite degree for the student who plans to pursue a studio-oriented post-baccalaureate degree.

Available Emphases

Students pursuing a BFA in Art choose between the following emphases:

  • Studio Art

  • Art Education


Students enrolled in these programs must take specific courses to meet General Education requirements.

Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

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  • Admission Process

    Incoming Freshmen

    If you are an entering college Freshman, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to apply to A-State.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students should first visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to apply to A-State. Transfer students should submit a portfolio prior to enrollment in Art Department courses.

    BFA/Transfer Review Policy

    BFA review (ART 3330) is viewed as a counseling/advising practice for all art students, and, in addition, it is an admissions screening procedure for students interested in pursuing the B.F.A. Degree in Art or Graphic Design. Students should enroll in ART 3330 after completing 30 hours of ART/ARTH courses and before completing 40 hours of ART/ARTH courses. Prerequisites are ART 1013, ART 1023, ART 1033, ART 1043, ARTH 2583, ARTH 2593, 9 hours additional studio/design courses. Students enrolled in the BFA programs must pass the BFA Review PRIOR to enrollment for 4000 level ART courses.

    Transfer review (ART 3330) provides an opportunity for students joining us from other programs to acquire a realistic assessment of their status vis-a-vis our program. Ideally, the transfer review should occur prior to enrollment in ASU art department courses. Should the transfer student intend to enter the B.F.A. Degree program, this review will serve as an admission screening process as indicated above. Transfer students must enroll in ART 3330, BFA Review during the first semester of enrollment at ASU.

  • Additional Information

    Good Academic Standing

    No grade below C in courses with an ARED/ART/ARTH prefix may be applied to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. A cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher in all courses with an ART/ARTH/ARED prefix is required for the BFA degree.

Accredited by NASAD

NASAD LogoArkansas State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.