Undergraduate Art + Design

About our Undergraduate Programs in Art + Design

The Sam Fox School's College of Art offers three primary majors: Studio Art, Communication Design, and Fashion Design. We offer both BFA and BA degree programs, so you can earn a degree with a deep studio focus, or one with a broader liberal arts orientation. Whether you want to publish illustrated books, create sculptural installations, design for public health initiatives, launch your own fashion line, produce aerial drone videos, or make interactive websites, you can forge an educational path to pursue a career in any field you choose.

Areas of Study
Studio is a place for collaboration and creative development. Our students are bright and driven, but they are also incredibly supportive of one another and engaged with social issues and the community. You will learn to make exceptional visual work with technical and conceptual depth, working with faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields.

Animation Fashion Design Installation Art Sculpture
Book Arts Foundry Narrative Design Textile Design
Comics Hybrid + Experimental Media Painting Typography
Design for Social Practice Illustration Pattermaking Video + Time Arts
Eco-Art Interaction Design Printmaking Visual Reportage




BFA + BA Degrees at a Glance
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is ideal for students who want to pursue professional careers as designers or artists and want an intensive studio experience.
   - Majors in Studio Art (with optional concentrations in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture), Communication Design, or Fashion Design
   - Capstone experience (required), culminating in an exhibition/public showcase of your work
   - 65 credits of studio work (about 1/2 your total coursework), providing greater disciplinary depth within the major

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is ideal for students who want a deep liberal arts experience that integrates a studio major.
   - Majors in Studio Art or Design (with optional concentrations in Communication or Fashion)
   - No capstone experience or culminating exhibition/public showcase of your work
   - 30-36 credits of studio (about 1/4 of your total coursework), providing greater flexibility to pursue second majors/minors and to take courses across the University

Second Majors & Minors
Undergraduates from any school at WashU can add a second major in Studio Art of Design to their existing degree path. These second majors provide an opportunity to grow your creativity, expand the horizons of your education, and give you new professional opportunities after college. Learn more>>

The Sam Fox School also offers several minors—Studio Art, Design, Creative Practice for Social Change, and Human-Computer Interaction—open to students from across WashU. Learn more>>

Student Work

See more images of student work>>

Alumni + Careers

Our alumni are uniquely innovative and engaged, with careers in art & design, publishing, law, education, business, and more>>



Learn about our expansive spaces for learning and making, including digital fabrication, printmaking+book arts, and textile design, and take a 360 tour>>


Study in Italy

We offer immersive programs in Florence, which combine studio courses with Italian language and art history, and travel throughout the region>>



Student Spotlights

What's it like to be a WashU student? BFA student Connor Seger captured a second of video every day at the outset of his college career in fall 2019.

You can also get the scoop on life at WashU from student bloggers such as Megan (Class of 2020), Allana (Class of 2022), and Sparkle (Class of 2022), all from the Sam Fox School.

How to Apply

Learn about the application process, including submission guidelines for the portfolio, here>>

Questions? We’d love to speak with you by email, phone, or video about our program.
Please email Rachel Youn at youn@wustl.edu.