Studio Art (BFA)


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 five areas: 

  • General Studio Art
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • 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

Graduation & Retention2

4.3 years to degree

91% freshman retention rate

75% four-year graduation rate

89% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Tuition has not yet been determined for this program.