BFA+BA Degrees

The College of Art is all about making—and you choose the particulars. We offer two different degree paths, both of which have options in Art and Design for your specific major:

At a Glance: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
- Majors in Art, Communication Design, or Fashion Design
- Capstone course work required
- Culminating exhibition/public showcase of work
- 65 credits of studio work: greater disciplinary depth within the major*

At a Glance: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Majors in Art or Design
- No capstone experience
- 30-36 credits of studio work: greater flexibility to pursue second
majors/minors and to take courses across the University; students may take up to two non-SFS courses as specified by this list*

*For students entering in fall 2018 or after

Whatever path you choose, you can also take classes in other fields that interest you: environmental science, art history, engineering, psychology, literature—anything WashU offers—all of which will enrich your studio work. You can even pursue second majors and minors in these other disciplines.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The BFA program is ideal for students who want to pursue professional careers as designers or artists and want an intensive studio experience. Nearly half of your classes will be in the College of Art, and you will develop a capstone project for exhibition in your senior year. This degree program offers three majors:

Art: Optional concentrations in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture. Learn more>>

Communication Design: No formal concentrations, but areas of emphasis include graphic design, illustration, and interaction design. Learn more>>

Fashion Design: Coursework in patternmaking, textile design, experimental fabrication strategies, and illustration. Learn more>>

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program

The BA program is designed for students who want a deep liberal arts experience that integrates a studio major. About one-quarter of your classes will be in the College of Art, and there is no capstone course or final exhibition during the senior year. There are two majors in this degree program:

Art. No formal concentrations, but coursework includes hybrid media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Learn more>>

Design. Optional concentrations in Communication or Fashion. Learn more>>


Interested in learning more about our BFA and BA programs? Contact us>>