Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 32
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 72
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Interdisciplinary
  • The interdisciplinary concentration allows students to develop their interests in two of the other concentrations by combining key courses from each into a focused double concentration.

  • Design
  • The design concentration integrates a fine arts perspective into a curriculum that promotes conceptual thinking and trans-disciplinary investigation while developing technical proficiencies to engage in a contemporary practice.

  • Painting
  • The painting concentration focuses on a wide range of painting practices including observational representation, figuration and abstraction while engaging students in current discourses within the discipline.

  • Photography
  • The photography concentration focuses on integrating the skills of black and white darkroom techniques with contemporary digital color practices to produce conceptually driven, photo-based art.

  • Sculpture
  • The sculpture concentration equips students to think creatively while developing proficiency in a variety of three-dimensional fabrication techniques — including additive and subtractive processes, modeling, carving, mold-making and casting.

Admissions Requirements

Biola's art programs have an open admissions policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students from other institutions may declare a studio art major when they apply for admission to Biola University. Because of the rigorous schedule and amount of work required in the B.F.A. program, transfer students may need an additional semester to complete all of their requirements.

Art is a gift — a God-given form of expression and communication. In Biola's Bachelor of Fine Arts program in studio arts, you’ll be equipped with the aesthetic, technical and conceptual skills needed for success in various art practices. As you study in the midst of Los Angeles, an international nexus of ideas, images and realities, you'll learn about and respond to contemporary visual arts culture — its social, political, philosophical and spiritual concerns.

Why Choose Studio Art at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical studies component, Biola’s B.F.A. program in studio art offers several key advantages:

  • Biola’s art department is a recognized leader in visual arts education, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The university offers a vibrant visual arts community includes a dedicated, mentoring faculty, a strong student Art League and a diverse student body.
  • The innovative Biola University Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts brings renowned artists, exhibitions, film screenings and conferences to campus — offering a wealth of opportunities to students.
  • Biola’s ideal Southern California location gives you access to world-class art museums and exhibitions, as well as a wide range of professional internship and exhibition opportunities. The program features a dynamic approach to art history and art criticism that engages students in Los Angeles and the greater Southern California area’s galleries and museums.
  • The degree includes a core foundations program that equips students in every aesthetic dimension. Throughout, the program also integrates art making, art criticism and art history with Christian faith.
  • Students have opportunities for travel and academic courses in a variety of national and international settings, including Baja, England, Italy, Spain, Japan, France and New York.
  • An innovative senior year program encourages students to connect ideas and media through critiques and conversation.

What Will I Study?

The B.F.A. program is the preferred option for students who wish to pursue careers or advanced degrees in the visual arts. The degree is designed to give art students flexibility in constructing their program by allowing them to choose one of five concentrations — design, painting, photography, sculpture or interdisciplinary. All art majors take the first-year foundation core program in art and then select the concentration that is best suited to their academic and career goals.

Additionally, the program thrives on the interrelationship of biblical Christianity and artistic practice, offering a rigorous visual arts curriculum integrated with a strong liberal arts emphasis and Christian theology.

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Career Paths

Bachelor of Fine Arts students can use their diverse gifts and callings to impact the world for Christ through a wide variety of careers, such as:

  • Animator
  • Art historian
  • Commercial photographer
  • Educator
  • Fashion designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Museum curator
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Sculptor
  • Web designer

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Studio art alumni are working throughout the United States and around the world in a wide range of art and arts-related fields, using their education and professional training to make a difference in the communities in which they live. Graduates of the Biola's fine arts program have found rewarding careers in many fields as educators, artists and designers as represented in the following areas:

  • Advertising designer
  • App designer
  • Art appraiser
  • Art critic
  • Art professor
  • Art therapist
  • Book designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Ceramic artist
  • Costume designer
  • Creative director
  • Fashion photographer
  • Fine art photographer
  • Gallery owner
  • Illustrator
  • Interior designer
  • Motion graphics artist
  • Painter
  • Photojournalist
  • Publications designer
  • Retail display designer
  • Set designer
  • Web designer
  • Wedding and portrait photographer

Editorial, fashion, commercial and portrait photographer
Long Beach, Calif.

... Being an artist doesn't begin at graduation. It begins the moment you decide, 'Yeah, I'm an artist, and now I'm willing to put in the work to prove it.' ”

Hosts portrait sessions for women to celebrate their essence; Teaches photo classes for people who want to get out of their box; Explores the sacred in the everyday with photography
Pasadena, CA
Runs his own graphic design studio, Mazzarello Media and Art, with his wife Stephanie
Oakland, CA
Associate Professor of Drawing & Painting and Director of the Friesen Galleries at Northwest Nazarene University
Boise, ID
Artist-in-residence at the Dirt Palace; Makes of abstract sculptures and videos that reference the body in awkward and surprising ways
Providence, RI
Works part-time in a small boutique that sells local artwork, handmade jewelry, and crafts
San Diego, CA
Shoots weddings; Documents different places and people with whom she interacts
Los Angeles, CA
Creates personal studio artwork I Freelances as an art installer, mostly for Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Los Angeles, CA
Runs her own stationery company, MaeMae Paperie
Lancaster, CA
Director of creative and visuals for a Nike concept store, Salvation; Freelance Graphic Designer
Long Beach, CA
Combines photography and design for the music industry.
Los Angeles, CA
Graphic Designer
Lakewood, CA
Jess Dueker
Studio Art, B.F.A. '17

Studying history at Biola has not only taught me about the context of the world we live in but also, I have grown in my appreciation of the sovereign hand of the Lord. All of history is in fact His beautifully and intricately planned story.”

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