Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Why Study Fine Arts? 

Our BFA program is more than a degree, it’s a supportive learning environment beneficial for creative exploration and growth. Through studio practice and theoretical study, you will develop a critical awareness about your own work and the work of others. The BFA is a selective degree program intended for students who plan to pursue a professional career in art or attend graduate school. 

What You'll Learn 

Our forward-thinking curriculum allows you to specialize in a certain medium or explore multiple, guided by the motivation, expertise and support of our dedicated faculty and your fellow BFA students. Given a mix of freedom and discipline, you will develop the critical and technical skills necessary to express your ideas as an artist. The culmination of your program is a solo exhibition in one of our professional galleries.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Columbia College.

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

  • Ceramics 
  • Graphic design 
  • Painting and drawing 
  • Photography

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

Through engaging in studio practice and delving into theoretical studies, you will cultivate a critical awareness not only about your own artistic endeavors but also about the work of others. This comprehensive approach will empower you to explore diverse avenues within the arts, such as: 

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

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.


Day Campus - Columbia, MO

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