B.F.A. in Art
What will I study as an art major?
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 six concentrations — animation, design, illustration, painting, 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.
Some of your courses include:
Integration Seminar (BBST 465)
Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be 'integrated' with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies.
Contemporary Art Trends (ARTS 315)
Global Art Paradigms (ARTS 433)
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
See for yourself the amazing works of art created by our students across different disciplines.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a B.F.A. in Art?
Biola's Bachelor of Fine Arts 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
- App appraiser
- Art critic
- Art professor
- Art therapist
- Book designer
- Ceramic artist
- Costume designer
- Creative director
- Fashion photographer
- Fine art photographer
- Gallery owner
- Interior designer
- Motion graphics artist
- Publications designer
- Retail display designer
- Set designer
- Web designer
- Wedding and portrait photographer
4% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for art directors is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
The Studio Art program has encouraged me to grow in more ways than just art. I have grown spiritually, creatively and personally through the help of the amazing staff and program. It isn't just my major, it is my home.
... 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.'
Studio Art, B.F.A.
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
Biola's art programs have an open admissions policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students from other institutions may declare an 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.
Schedule a Visit
Learn more about this program by attending an upcoming event for prospective students and parents, or by scheduling a personalized visit.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Professor of Art
- M.F.A. in Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- B.S. in Art, University of Northwestern–St. Paul
Associate Professor of Art
- M.F.A., Otis College of Art and Design
- M.A., Westminster Seminary California
- B.F.A., ArtCenter College of Design
- B.A., University of California, Irvine
Dan Callis III
Professor of Art
- M.F.A., Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
- B.A., California State University, Fullerton, California