Bachelor of Arts in Art

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“The department community and willingness to share ideas and visions are something special. They challenged and encouraged me everyday. It was awesome to learn from people who love the creative process of art making.”

Rosa Salas ('20)

B.F.A. in Art

About this Program

The Department of Art & Art History in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.A. in Art. Students who major in art are creative thinkers who visualize the world around them to create contemporary and conceptual works of art.

B.A. vs. B.F.A.

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree has a deeper and wider general education foundation than the B.F.A. degree. The B.A. degree provides flexibility for combining the study of art with a minor field of study. Students can use their art electives to focus on the studio area of their choice.
  • Students can choose to enter the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree during the regular UM admissions process. After completing the foundation core, B.F.A. students participate in a foundations review process and select an emphasis area. They gain wider training across the studio areas, gain depth in their chosen emphasis area, build a professional portfolio, and hold a final thesis show.

The Value of an Art Degree

Art majors develop the fundamentals of design, learn how to promote their art, and become adept at new technologies within their field. They can analyze visual materials, communicate conceptual ideas, and problem solve in creative ways–all skills that are highly desired by employers.

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    Program Information

    Program Type



    Area of Study



    4 Years


    B.A. in Art

    Program Location


    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See the information below on the Art major and minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the B.A. in Art program complete 33 credit hours of art courses and 9 credit hours of art history courses.

    • Art 101: Two-Dimensional Design
    • Art 103: Three-Dimensional Design
    • Art 111: Drawing I
    • Art 201: Digital Imaging
    • Art 211: Drawing II
    • 18 credit hours of Art courses at the 300-level or higher
    • AH 201: History of Art I
    • AH 202: History of Art II
    • 3 credit hours of Art History at the 300-level or higher
    • 18 credit hours of Art courses at the 300-level or higher
    • Art 406: BA Forum

    The minor in art consists of 18 hours of studio art courses, including 6 hours at the 300 level or higher.

    Required courses

    • Art 101: Two-Dimensional Design
    • Art 103: Three-Dimensional Design
    • Art 111: Drawing I

    And 9 additional hours of studio art courses

    See all art courses in the catalog.


    Connect with an Art Major

    Angeline Morgan

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    Haley Chiles

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    What can I do with an art degree?

    • Designer/Host, HGTV's Home Town
    • Creative Consultant, Estee Lauder
    • Graphic Designer, Walt Disney World
    • Art Director, Marriott International
    • Executive Art Director, Simon & Schuster
    • Marketing Specialist, Turner Broadcasting
    • Director of Philanthropy, Heifer International
    • Professor of Ceramics, University of Utah
    • Webmaster, Oxford School District
    • Scenic Artist, Denver Center Theatre
    • Technical Artist, Los Alamos National Labs
    • Game Developer, Mind Level Up
    • Creative Director, CNN
    • Appraisal Services, Antiques Roadshow
    • Collections Assistant, Burke Museum
    • Staff, Chicago Art Institute

    Choosing your Minor or Double Major

    Bachelor of Arts students must choose a minor (or double major). Combine your study of art with many other subjects based on your interests and career goals.

    Next Steps

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