Studio Art (BFA)

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Studio Art (BFA)?

This major focuses on the skills necessary to create artwork, think critically, and gain experience in a broad range of topics. The goal is to prepare students as innovative artists and as global citizens. You’ll navigate a dynamic curriculum that is responsive to current trends in art, culture, and creativity. You'll concentrate in one of seven areas: 

  • Fashion
  • General Studio Art
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

The BFA experience culminates in two capstone courses from which you'll develop a thesis paper to create a narrative of your research and artistic projects. A finished portfolio of visual work will show your material and expressive abilities. 

Career Options

  • Gallery work
  • Museum work
  • Studio art
  • Art criticism
  • Community media advocacy

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

71% employed after graduation

12% attending graduate school

$37,544 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Archdiocese Of Chicago, Casting House, Caterpillar View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.3 years to degree

91% first-year retention rate

75% four-year graduation rate

89% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Tuition has not yet been determined for this program.