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Columbia College Bachelor of Fine Arts

Immerse yourself in the arts and express your ideas at Columbia College.

Explore the fine arts at Columbia College

In our BFA program at Columbia College you will find the tools, space, and inspiration needed to create a strong body of artwork. You can decide to specialize in a certain medium or explore multiple. Given a mix of freedom and discipline, you will develop the critical and technical skills necessary to express your ideas as artists.

The BFA is a selective degree program intended for students who plan to pursue a professional career in art or attend graduate school. Interested students must apply by the fourth week of their junior year with 60 credit hours or more.

The culmination of the BFA program, is a solo exhibition in one of our professional galleries. Upon being accepted into the BFA program, you will start creating, refining, and cultivating your body of work until your final exhibition.

Opportunities to study:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic design
  • Painting and drawing
  • Photography

Prepare to be a professional artist.

Our program will prepare you to be active contributors to culture and society. Through studio practice and theoretical study, you will develop a critical awareness about your own work and the work of others.

Fellow Columbia College students in the program and faculty offer motivation, expertise, and support throughout your time in the program. You will be immersed in a supportive learning environment beneficial for creative exploration and growth.

Some possible paths include:

  • Studio artist
  • Community artist
  • Art critic
  • Curation
  • Gallerist
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Arts administrator
  • Graduate school

Bachelor of Arts vs. Bachelor of Fine Arts: What's the difference?

The BA in Art is a flexible program allowing you to acquire a breadth of experience in various art mediums. BA students take foundation level courses in each art medium we offer, then can explore any medium(s) further in open upper-level elective hours. The BFA is a selective degree program intended for students who plan to pursue a professional career in art or attend graduate school. Interested students apply in their junior year, select a specific medium to focus on, and develop a body of work for a culminating exhibition.

Cutout portrait of Bo Bedilion.

Bo Bedilion

"It’s been really great for the students to be able to showcase their work, as well as introduce functional and sculptural pottery to the larger community on campus. It’s almost a celebration of our achievements and our creations throughout the semester."

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Find your path

Submit this form to get information about applying to Columbia College.

Questions about admissions? Call the main line.

Main line: (573) 875-8700

Want to know more about our programs? Contact the department.

Department phone: 573-875-7517
Office: BRN 209A

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Available program formats

  • Core requirements 73 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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