Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (BFA)

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A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art will give you the experience of working in a variety of forms of artistic expression, as well as a strong understanding of art history, to provide the basis for a variety of production and exhibition careers. 

Undergraduate Admissions

Through a comprehensive study of art forms and opportunities for the exhibition of your own work, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art will provide you with both foundational knowledge and portfolios of your work to help you craft the beginnings of your career in visual art. Gardner-Webb will offer you concentrations in two-dimensional art such as drawing and painting or three-dimensional work in ceramics and sculpture. During your senior year, you will exhibit work demonstrating a concentrated focus in technique, style and content, while also developing your critical thinking and communication skills by presenting a thesis defending your work.

Fine Arts majors often work in studios, at historic sites, or for school and community art programs. Many students with a Fine Arts degree create careers as self-employed artists, while others pursue additional education to teach in public or private schools or at a college or university.

In addition to the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art requires 67 credit hours of coursework, including 17 hours of art academics and 24 hours of foundation studio courses. Twenty-four hours of elective coursework at the 300 level or above is also required, including 15 hours from one studio concentration and the remaining nine hours from outside the concentration. A minor is not required with the major.


Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

The University offers minor options in art history and studio arts. Both of those minors require 18 credit hours of coursework. The minor in studio art requires the exhibit of a body of the strongest work that the student produces during studio classes.


The University also offers an array of minor opportunities in other departments.

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