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Art & Design Program

Phone: (208) 885-6851
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College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2471

Art and Design, B.F.A.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is a four-year professional degree program for those who want a career in fine art or design. The program offers coursework in the following areas:

  • Graphic design
  • Interactive design
  • Digital imaging
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed media
  • Drawing
  • Art history and theory

Requirements for the B.F.A. are stringent. Students must apply for admission into the professional program (junior and senior years) after successful completion of the first two years of the preprofessional program (freshman and sophomore years).

What You Learn

As a student in the program, you will build a strong historical and theoretical foundation in art and design, and explore both traditional and emerging techniques and technologies used in the studio arts and design.

With intensive studio training and personal instruction from faculty members, you will refine your technical and creative skills, while establishing your individual artistic style. For your senior project, you will develop a final exhibition based on individual interests and goals. The senior project is supported by research and is complemented by a written thesis. Your work will be exhibited on campus during your final semester.

Career Opportunities

With a B.F.A., you may pursue a wide range of professional career opportunities at advertising or graphic design firms, apparel manufacturers, newspaper and magazine publishers, publishing houses, corporations, schools and many other organizations. Potential job titles include:

  • Graphic designer
  • Information designer
  • Studio artist
  • Digital photographer
  • Advertising artist/designer
  • Illustrator
  • Technical illustrator
  • Web designer
  • Billboard artist/sign painter
  • Art director
  • Greeting card artist
  • Police/courtroom artist
  • Mural/public artist
  • Printmaker

Many firms and businesses recognize the skills and studio experiences of our graduates as valuable in non-art related careers, such as law, medicine and banking. The B.F.A. is also excellent preparation for entry into graduate programs such as the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art.