Art (Painting) (BFA)

The BFA program in art with a concentration in painting offers a learning environment for creative, intellectual and technical growth that leads to quality art practice and professionalism. The program encourages a wide spectrum of approaches to contemporary painting as visual expression, ranging from traditional to innovative. Students work under the guidance of a large, full-time faculty of active professionals who are nationally and internationally recognized. Visiting artists of national stature enhance the program with lectures and individual undergraduate critiques.

To be admitted to the major, students must submit a BFA declaration form after successful completion of the art foundational coursework.

Degree Offered

Art (Painting) (BFA)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

Location
Tempe

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Application Requirements

Students must submit a BFA declaration form after successful completion of the art foundational courses. See full requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Career Outlook

Graduates complete the program with the painting skills that enable them to apply for positions that require knowledge in painting or two-dimensional conceptual skills. Further education, either formal or informal, is usually necessary to refine their skills in a very competitive marketplace. Many graduates continue their education in an MFA graduate program, which allows them to develop their talent further and to teach. Some take jobs in related fields, such as galleries and museums, allowing them to continue their own creative work.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators6%$63,630
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Craft Artists0.6%$31,080
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators3.1%$43,890
Graphic Designers1.4%$45,900
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Commercial and Industrial Designers 2%$64,620
Photographers3.1%$30,490
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes2.5%$64,200

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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