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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.”
... 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.' ”