What is the difference between the B.A. and the B.F.A. programs?
The BFA Degree requires 72 credit hours in visual arts coursework and provides a more in-depth program of study in a chosen concentration while also creating the opportunity for interdisciplinary experimentation in other visual arts media. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in art should consider choosing this degree.
The BA degree requires 48 – 51 visual arts credits and lends more easily to the combination of multiple majors, minors and/or certificate programs and for the selection of coursework from the broad range of disciplines available in a liberal arts setting.
According to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD),
the professional degree (BFA) focuses on intensive work in the visual arts supported by a program of general studies, whereas
the liberal arts degree (BA) focuses on art and design in the context of a broad program of general studies.