Bachelor of Fine Arts

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A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a standard undergraduate degree for students for pursuing a professional education in the visual, fine or performing arts.[1][2] It is also called Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) in some cases.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree differs from a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in that the majority of the program consists of a practical studio component, as contrasted with lecture and discussion classes.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will often require an area of specialty such as acting, architecture, musical theatre, game design, animation, ceramics, computer animation, creative writing, dance, dramatic writing, drawing, fashion design, fiber, film production, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, metalworking, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, stage management, technical arts, television production, visual arts, or visual effects. Some schools instead give their students a broad education in many disciplines of the arts.[1][3][4]

Although a Bachelor of Fine Arts is traditionally considered a four-year degree,[2] a BFA program may take shorter or longer to complete because of the amount of studio course work required. After completing this degree, the learner may acquire postgraduate degree; Master of Fine Arts.

Top courses under BFA Degree[edit]

Fine Arts[edit]

Fine Arts is one of the most commonly opted courses under the BFA degree. It will help students develop the creative and critical skills to challenge prevailing artistic conventions. The course is divided into the 2D, 3D, 4D, and XD studios. Each workshop exposes students to a different set of critical viewpoints and technical introductions. The cross-studio events that are planned throughout the course reflect the interdisciplinary approach that the studios exemplify. This course is designed to teach how to translate your imagination into a tangible or intangible art form, such as song lyrics, music, movie production, paintings, or movie scripts.

Fashion Design[edit]

Fashion Design, or Fashion Design and Development will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fashion design process. Students will be prepared for a future in the fashion business and will be actively encouraged to consider their own unique design language. The course teaches students artistic, practical, and strategic skills that will help them become effective designers and developers.

Fashion Marketing and Management[edit]

Fashion Marketing and Management program places students at the intersection of fashion, business, and marketing. This course is a strategic and market-oriented blend of the most important viewpoints in the fashion industry, encompassing strategy, budgeting, finance, product creation, fashion marketing, communication, branding, buying, retail operations management, and worldwide distribution networks. Materials sourcing, supply chain management, production, economic strategy, trend forecasting, consumer knowledge, product promotion, and investor relations professionals promote innovation.


Illustration is about visual communication – using art to tell stories that express ideas and emotions. All students are aspiring artists who will begin to merge drawing, painting, and conceptual abilities with the power of cutting-edge technology to produce images from the initial classes itself. Students will be taught how to produce ideas, gain knowledge through research, and develop problem-solving abilities that can be utilized in any field in this programme. They will learn advanced techniques and develop their own distinct graphical style while producing marketable professional-quality work.

Art and Design education[edit]

Within the BFA in Art and Design Education, students can opt to pursue two different paths: one in Art and Design Education, and one in Community Art and Design Education. Both the specializations provide studio core, teaching experience, community engagement, and integrative capstone experiences. Through individual advisement sessions, students choose the core studio discipline based on their experiences in the foundation year and evolving studio interest. Students pursuing both degree paths take courses that immerse them in fieldwork and student teaching in K-12 public schools and other settings. All students teach in Art School, a laboratory school for students. Students learn to integrate the knowledge, skills and values of their studio-core or major to inform art and design projects conceived and developed in concert with young people. Students complete a capstone course that supports stu­dents as they integrate their studio core with their teach­ing experi­ences through reflection and research in the field of art and design education.

BFA in countries[edit]

United States[edit]

A typical BFA program in the United States consists of two-thirds study in the arts, with one-third in more general liberal arts studies. For a BA in Art, the ratio might be reversed.[2] The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), which accredits Bachelor's of Fine Arts programs in visual art and design in the United States, states that "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."[5]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, BA Fine Arts is equivalent to BFA. Specific degrees such as the Bachelor of Dance or Bachelor of Drama are used by some performing arts institutions in Australia, the US, and much of Europe.[6][7][8]


In India, a Fine Arts undergraduate degree may also be known as BVA (Bachelor of Visual Arts).[9] It is usually a four year program in which the first year is preparatory session. By the second year, learners have a specialization such as Painting, Photography and more. However, some institutions have 3 year curriculum in which students are already opted for their specialization. Specializations such as Acting, Dancing, Singing, etc. would come under Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA).

In some countries such a degree (BFA) is called a Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA).[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) - Courses, Degree, Subjects, Entrance Exams, Scope, Careers". Shiksha. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Should You get a BA or BFA Degree?". All Art Schools. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  3. ^ "What Can I Do with a Fine Arts Degree? - Typical Courses & Careers - Video & Lesson Transcript". Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  4. ^ "what is bachelor of fine arts - TELUGU HEAL". Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  5. ^ "Handbook 2017-18" (PDF). NASAD. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) - The University of Melbourne". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  7. ^ "Dance | Bachelor of Fine Arts < University of Florida". University of Florida. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  8. ^ "Best Bachelors of Arts (BAs) in Dance in Europe 2020". Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  9. ^ "BVA (Bachelor of Visual Arts) - Courses, Fees, Colleges | Shiksha". Shiksha. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  10. ^ "Best Bachelor Degrees in Creative Arts 2020". Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  11. ^ University, La Trobe. "Bachelor of Creative Arts". Retrieved 2020-06-29.

External links[edit]

NASAD official website