Art Major

The BFA degree in art with a studio emphasis, familiarizes students with the rich tradition of the visual arts, provides them with an understanding of the tools and materials available to the artist as a means of personal expression, shows students that there are fundamental concepts which unify all art yet which allow for infinite variation, and introduces to them alternative ways of looking, seeing, finding and discovering.

Students learn within a professional framework, where the relationship between student and teacher becomes that of apprentice and master. JU’s faculty, possessing an impressive list of artistic and scholarly achievements, is dedicated to the success of their students. Through this distinctive teaching relationship, students develop a high level of achievement in an area of expertise, while further developing personal creative abilities.

From the day they set foot on campus, majors practice their craft amid professional venues; undergo yearly reviews with faculty; and as seniors, journey through senior year experience as a cohort with peers to transition them into the professional world. Developing individual artistic voice is paramount in all concentrations, be it ceramics, glass, graphic design, illustration, photography, or sculpture.

Admissions Requirements

All students intending to major in Visual Arts must meet the Jacksonville University requirements for admissions and must complete an official application with the University’s Admissions office. Additionally, students applying for admission into the Visual Arts must gain admission into the chosen degree program through a portfolio review process. Learn more about portfolio review process and portfolio requirements.

Which degree is right for me?

We offer two degrees for Art majors: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). What's the difference?

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a liberal arts degree. It incorporates the study of a broader range of subjects to produce well-rounded students who are ready for their next steps, whatever they may be.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree. It is designed to help students refine their skills so that they are well-equipped to pursue a career in the arts.


The course requirements for each concentration vary based on which degree you're pursuing. Please consult your advisor or the course catalog for more information.