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Studio Art

Bachelor of Arts

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The BFA major in studio art is for students planning professional careers as creative artists. The BA major is for students planning to pursue art-related careers. All students enroll in the BA program. Portfolio review is required to enter the BFA program. Students take a common core of basic art and design courses that provide the foundation for more specialized study. Students then take advanced courses in two- and three-dimensional media and design before selecting an area of emphasis. Major areas are: 2-D studio (drawing, painting, printmaking); 3-D studio (sculpture, ceramics, fibers); photography; new genre (video art, performance art, etc.); visual communication (graphic design, illustration, etc.); and combining media (painting/drawing, sculpture/ceramics/fibers, other combinations).

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
Studio Art 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
Studio Art 100C, D, F, G or J 2
ARH 201 Survey of Western ART I 3
ART 119 Contemporary Art and Theory 3
English 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ARH 202 Survey of Western Art II 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Math 3
Studio Art 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
3rd Semester
200-level 3D Studio Art 3
Art or General Elective 2
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Studio Art 100C, D, F, G or J 2
4th Semester
300-level Studio Art 3
Second Language 4
Tier l General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Minor 3
5th Semester
300-level Studio Art 3
Non-Studio Based Art Course 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Minor 3
6th Semester
300-level Studio Art 3
Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
7th Semester
300-level Studio Art 3
Writing Emphasis Course 3
Minor 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
300-level Studio Art 3
ART 496A 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

Studio Art, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. The career fields most closely related to this major are competitive. Many individuals who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in this major establish paying careers in other fields.

Potential Career Areas

  • Fine arts painting or drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Teaching
  • Advertising
  • Storyboard art
  • Curating/archiving
  • Forensics art
  • Illustration

Sample Employers

  • Self-employment
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community centers
  • Museums
  • Film production companies
  • Galleries
  • Textbook manufacturers
  • Police departments
  • Auction houses

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Visual Artist $19,200 - $44,800
Secondary School Art Teacher $35,000 - $53,000
Paintings Conservator $24,400 - $37,300
Paintings Department Manager, Auctions $22,000 - $40,000
Forensic Artist $19,000 - $42,000
Art Dealer $33,500 - $49,000
Community Art Instructor $18,800 - $36,300
Medical Illustrator $40,000 - $100,000
Advertising Illustrator $25,000 - $100,000
Storyboard Artist $25,000 - $80,000
Printmaker $25,000 - $85,000