Bachelor's Degree Program
Earn your art degree in one of the strongest Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs in the nation. The bachelor’s in art is a professionally focused program that empowers you to explore and master skills needed for a variety of art careers, and present your work in a professional context.
You’ll learn in small classes, access multiple studios in our Fine Arts Complex and have access to a vibrant art community in Fairbanks. You’ll also gain professional experience and acquire practical training, including the opportunity to display your work in our University Art Gallery.
Through a unique focus on Alaska Native Arts, our program fosters a commitment to diversity and encourages new ways of creating as part of the Alaska aesthetic. Our students reflect the wide diversity of cultures of the circumpolar North and range in age from their teens to the 80s. Together, you’ll work in a friendly and open atmosphere that fosters creativity and exploration.
What Is a BFA Degree?
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a type of art degree that is designed for students who want to focus on developing their creative talents and preparing for a career in the arts. A fine arts degree is ideal if you have a good idea of what you want to do. The Bachelor of Arts, by comparison, tends to be more broad based and flexible. With the BA, you’ll take more liberal arts courses (such as literature and history). With the BFA degree, you’ll focus more on intensive art and design studies.
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Why Study Art at UAF?
Art majors at UAF enjoy unique opportunities for exploration of Northern and Alaska Native arts. Studio class sizes are small and offer greater access to outstanding faculty and graduate student mentors. Here are more reasons that the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers one of the strongest BFA degrees in the nation.
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What Can You Do With an Art Degree?
If you live to create, are passionate about promoting the visual arts or have an interest in mentoring the next generation of artists, art will be a rewarding career choice.
Art majors are prepared for careers as fine artists, graphic designers, illustrators, art gallery managers and instructors. Our undergraduate students have also continued on in prestigious graduate programs such as Pratt, Rhode Island School of Design and University of Washington.
What Classes Are Required for Art Majors?
The bachelor’s in art is comprised of professional coursework that focuses on the means, modes and history of art to encourage independent, original, critical and creative thinking. Our courses are designed to help you explore, research and master the skills needed for a variety of art careers.
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