The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is recognized as the professional degree in the arts. The BFA, and the professional portfolios developed through the program, may lead students to career opportunities in teaching; digital and interactive design; studio work; museum, gallery, or corporate curatorship. The BFA may also offer students the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees to develop their creative and academic abilities.

BFA Degree Requirements

General Education Program

All bachelor's degree students must complete the 41 semester hour General Education Program. The GEP prepares students for citizenry with a broad education outside of the major.


ARTS 4159 may be available for certain BFA concentrations upon approval from the Fine, Digital, and Performing Arts department chair. Information is available from the department secretary or chair.

Sophomore Review

All sophomores are required to submit a minimum of eight art works of their own creation before beginning their first Junior semester at SSU for our student assessment program.

Senior Show

All students applying for an art major must participate in a senior gallery exhibit. Information is available from the department secretary or chair.

Art Core Requirements

30 Semester Hours - Required of all BFA students

Course Title Hours
ARTH 2211 Art History Survey 1 3
ARTH 2212 Art History Survey 2 3
ARTH 3XXX ARTH Electives above 3000 3
ARTH 3XXX ARTH Electives above 3000 3
ARTS 1101 Two-Dimensional Foundations 3
ARTS 1103 Three-Dimensional Foundations 3
ARTS 1104 Creative Process 3
ARTS 1105 Digital Foundations 3
ARTS 4180 Senior Studio 1 3
ARTS 4181 Senior Studio 2 3

Get Started

Interested in a degree in the arts? Schedule an appointment with an advisor to get started or just talk over your options. Working with our advisor can help you to meet your academic goals in the shortest time possible.

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