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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art - Columbus State University

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

About the Program

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Discover, explore, and develop your creative talents while preparing for a future as a professional artist with The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art at Columbus State University. CSU’s dedicated faculty have designed a well rounded curriculum that will develop your individual artistic vision, technical skills, visual literacy, aesthetic inquiry, and proficiency in verbal and written communication.

CSU’s dedicated faculty will foster a challenging environment where research, creativity, critical thinking, and experimentation are promoted, providing you with a firm foundation for success in the field of art and design once your degree is completed.

You will pick one area of focus to investigate during your studies in the BFA program. As you are continuously inspired by interaction with faculty, visiting artists, and our strong curriculum, you will create works of art to showcase in your individual final exhibition.

Career Opportunities

A BFA in Art will prepare you for advanced study in the arts and for employment in a wide variety of exciting areas, depending on your area of focus:

  • Fine Art Consultant
  • Art Gallery Manager
  • Art Instructor
  • Art Appraiser
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Studio Photographer

Degree Requirements

Please see our academic catalog for additional information about this degree's requirements.

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Focus Areas

3-D, Expanded Media, & Sculpture:

3-D, Expanded Media, and Sculpture fosters a broad historical and contemporary understanding of three-dimensional art production. The faculty embrace an interdisciplinary approach to object-based creation and cultivate an environment for you to explore installation, new media, and performance.


With an emphasis on 3D computer animation, this focus is designed to provide students with a solid introduction into the world of computer animation. While studying animation at CSU, students are presented with a framework of industry-standard animation practices and given the opportunity to explore the contemporary, experimental, and interactive aspects of digital animation.


The Ceramics program provides you with a foundation in the technical and aesthetic aspects of the ceramic medium. You will develop skills in the construction of ceramics works and an understanding of firing techniques and relevant chemistry.

Graphic Design:

Graphic Design is a creative and inspiring process that combines art and technology to develop visual solutions to communication problems. Building upon traditional art foundations, you will focus on design fundamentals such as typography, information hierarchy, concept development and visual exploration. Through your studio work, you will address a variety of graphic design issues, develop abilities in collaboration, and build an understanding of research-based design all while being prepared to enter into an evolving creative industry.

Painting & Drawing:

In the Painting and Drawing program, you will develop your skills in liquid and dry media. Teaching the traditional techniques, faculty enhances your understanding of art history and visual production while preparing you to explore other media through independent research. The Narrative Illustration curriculum supports and supplements the drawing and painting program.


The Photography program fosters a historical and pragmatic understanding of lens-based art making. This focus develops skills in multiple photographic formats using analog and digital processes to investigate contemporary approaches to art making.


In the Printmaking program, you will learn to apply print processes to both historical paradigms and contemporary problems. You will have the opportunity to establish skills with traditional print techniques such as monotype, intaglio, lithography, and relief printing. Book arts and paper making courses supplement this exciting curriculum.

Admissions Requirements

Please see our admissions page for any general admission requirements or the academic catalog for any degree-specific admission requirements.

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Tuition and Fees

Value matters at CSU. We strive to make all programs attainable and affordable for every student.

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Financial Aid

From state scholarships to federal student aid, we’re here to help you take advantage of every educational resource.

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