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Graphic design students prepare for the "Ellipses," student art exhibition.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Students pursing the Bachelor of Fine Arts may specialize in studio art, digital art or graphic design.

Program Description 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts offers three areas of specialization. Majors may specialize in Studio Art, Digital Art or Graphic Design. The program challenges students to analyze and interpret visual content, while recognizing historical styles and the cultural forces that shape them. Students master critical thinking skills, while developing conceptual frameworks for researching and evaluating bodies of work.  

The BFA prepares students for professional careers in the fine arts. BFA majors choose to explore the boundaries and interstices between the various traditional media, in mixed media works that are now labeled new media, or new genres.

Entry into the program is by portfolio review. Art faculty customarily conducts the portfolio review during students' junior year. Until then, students are registered as BA majors in Studio Art. 

Majors are required to complete a capstone experience, which integrates all learned concepts. Students produce a cohesive body of work in their field of choice, preparing them for success in their career field.

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Program Specializations

Student Art Exhibition

Studio Art

Students pursuing the Studio Art specialization can concentrate in any one of several media including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, computer imaging, printmaking, photography, and ceramics. 

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Digital Art

Coursework in this specialization is tailored to students interested in exploring digital imagery and video formats in their artistic practice. 

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Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Specialization provides students with the necessary background to enter the competitive world of print and web design.

Related Program Links

View the following links for program learning objectives and course information. 

Studio Art
Digital Art
Graphic Design
Courses and Current Course Catalog

View the course catalog to see a listing of current course offerings for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

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T.J Grier, a senior graphic design major, won silver for his “Fly” food truck rebranding project. Image c/o Grier.

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UWF students take home Gold, Silver ADDY awards from local, district competitions

University of West Florida student T.J. Grier recently won a Student Silver ADDY Award in Elements of Advertising: Still Photography category at the 2017 American Advertising Federation Fourth District American Advertising Awards in Miami.

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Department of Art
Bldg. 82/Rm. 253
11000 University Pkwy.
Pensacola, FL 32514
(850) 474-2045

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