Studio Art Degree Programs
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Students at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico, may earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts, including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, installation art, etc. Minors in Art History and Studio Art are also offered.
The BA allows for a broad studio experience with opportunities to explore other disciplines as a minor or as practical applications. The BFA offers a concentrated program in studio practice.
BA and BFA students share a common curriculum for the first two years of study, at which time they may apply to the BFA program or declare their minor, if applicable. The liberal arts core curriculum is predicated on a breadth of knowledge that all educated artists should possess.
BA in Studio Arts
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts is grounded in studio practice and enriched by art history courses and the liberal arts core curriculum. Students may use elective credits to fulfill a declared minor outside the department or may complement their degree with practical courses oriented toward community arts. The BA program allows students with multiple passions to integrate these studies into their four-year degree plan while pursuing their studio work.
BFA in Studio Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts is the initial professional degree in art, with emphasis on the development of an authentic and rigorous studio practice. Art history courses and the liberal arts core curriculum place this practice in a broader context. Coursework supports creativity, articulation of ideas, development of skills to address ideas materially through crafted intention, and critical analysis. During senior year, a professional course sequence – which focuses on studio work and a capstone exhibition – further develops practical skills and strategies for the graduating artist.