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College of Arts and Sciences

Studio Art

The Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is offered to students majoring in Studio Art.

The BA degree provides a well-rounded liberal arts education along with an art major. 

The BFA is geared toward students who want to become professional artists or who plan to pursue graduate studies in studio art. A full range of courses is offered, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, drawing, 3-D studies, and graphic design.

Students pursuing degrees in studio art usually seek careers as professional artists or designers.

Finally, what is the job market like today, and in the near future, for creative types such as our arts majors?  According to a 2011 report from the National Endowment for the Arts (using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics), job growth in the arts will exceed job growth in the U.S. as a whole between 2011 and 2018. 

Certain jobs in the arts are expected to see especially significant jobs growth because of the public’s continued interest in arts, sciences, and history, the report said.  Jobs associated with museums, such as curators, archivists, and technicians, are expected to rise 20 percent between 2011 and 2018, which is “much faster than average employment growth.”

For additional information on the arts programs offered to undergraduates, contact:

Mana Hewitt, Undergraduate Director, Department of Art, 803-777-7480,

Visit our program's page.