Studio Training Enhanced by the Liberal Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program pairs demanding studio training with a creatively focused liberal arts education to meet each student’s unique interests. A four-year program, the PAFA BFA enhances artistic skill and personal expression with critical thinking using the full scope of the humanities.
Liberal Arts by Working Artists
Taught by experts in academic disciplines, the in-house BFA unifies art and a liberal-arts view with classes specifically tailored to the working artist. The experience furnishes the mind, cultivates skill and intellect, and promotes exploration of each student’s artistic calling. The program requires 126 credits total, 42 in Liberal Arts and 84 in Studio Arts.
Liberal Arts Studies distribution requirements: 42 Credits
Studies in Art History and Criticism: 15 Credits
Studies in Language and Literature: 12 Credits
Studies in History and Culture: 9 Credits
Studies in Science and Quantitative Thinking: 6 Credits
Studio Arts Studies distribution requirements: 84 Credits
Studies in First Year Studio: 27 Credits
Studies in Studio Core (2nd & 3rd Year): 30-33 Credits
Studies in Drawing: 6 Credits
Studies in Studio Elective: 12 Credits
Studies in Critics Program: 6-9 Credits
This program maintains the intensity and immersion of studio-centered training focused in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, and complements it with the practical value of an academic degree. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a major in Fine Arts.