Bachelor of Fine Arts
Do you have an eye for color…form…visual expression? Do you enjoy creating with your hands? Then you’re invited to join with others like you on a journey to explore your talents. You’ll begin with a guided foundation of fundamental art concepts, then focus on the specialization of your choice.
All the while nurturing your creativity, the acclaimed KU program artist-faculty will mentor and guide your professional development. You’ll explore a variety of approaches and media ranging from traditional to digital, study new techniques, and experience the creative environment of professional studios and galleries.
Areas of specialization include ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles. The program is taught by the Department of Art and Design.
Students from across the university may enroll in the Minor in Art, which requires completion of 18 credit hours of art courses.
Galleries and Exhibitions
The KU community holds the visual arts in high regard, with multiple opportunities to display and view art on campus:
Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, KU's premier gallery, hosts group exhibitions by professional artists of national and international reputation, senior exhibitions (group shows by majors), and site-specific installations created as part of our artist residency program.
Sharadin Art Building offers constantly changing displays of student classwork.
New Media Gallery provides space for individual student exhibitions and installations.
McFarland Student Union Student Gallery hosts curated shows by KU students of all majors.
Our faculty are widely recognized in their chosen disciplines. Their artwork is included in prestigious national and international collections, including The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington's Corcoran Gallery and The Hirschorn Museum. Art faculty have been honored with numerous awards and fellowships from private foundations, state arts councils, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Post-graduation, art majors pursue employment as visual artists. The art major is also preparation for working in higher education, art therapy, museums and galleries, curating, community arts programming, arts administration, art restoration and conservation, and a host of related careers.
Sample Career Options
Student Learning Outcomes