Art Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

About Bachelor of Fine Arts

Join the ranks of the global creative class with a degree in fine arts.

Learn how to become a creative thinker at California University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate fine arts major, you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in the changing workforce of the future.

Through studio art classes you will gain a mastery of various art forms, studio techniques, tools and materials, as well as training in post-studio practices. Seminar and lecture courses will a strengthen your visual literacy and art historical knowledge of contemporary themes and artists.

Cal U's Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree that prepares you for a wide range of art, art-related and creative careers. In this program, you will prepare a strong artist's portfolio in order to gain entry to top graduate schools, leading to more specific skills in the fine arts and design world. 

Discover Cal U's collaborative environment.

  • Participate in hands-on learning as you explore craft, technology and design in studio art courses led by professors who are active artists.
  • Take advanced-level courses in digital arts, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, drawing and jewelry/metals.
  • Thrive in a college degree program that fosters close collaboration and individual attention.


Top Accreditation: Cal U's bachelor of fine arts degree aligns with top standards for undergraduate art programs and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Experiential Education: Visit galleries and museums, as well as major art venues in cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York and Washington, D.C. Cal U's art program hosts workshops and lectures by notable artists, as well as trips each semester for students to experience firsthand the art and architecture they are studying in class.

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Our professors are members of top regional, national and international art associations, including Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, College Arts Association (CAA), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and more.
Our professors are members of top regional, national and international art associations, including Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, College Arts Association (CAA), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and more.
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Learn the skills employers value most. In this program you will:

Develop a professional portfolio of artistic work. Strengthen critical thinking, problem solving, time management, communication and presentation skills. Learn to work independently and collaborate with others. Master an artistic medium of your choice with six advanced concentration courses. Gain competence in a second artistic area with four advanced minor courses. Participate in art-related internships that help you graduate career-ready.

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Graduate Outcomes

Study at the New York Academy of Art. Teach in Pennsylvania schools and throughout the United States. Win full scholarships to M.F.A. programs. Work as freelance illustrators. Show and sell their artwork in galleries, jewelry stores and elsewhere. Open their own art-related businesses. Work in art outreach programs and various art-related arts organizations.

Art: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Vulcan Hall art studio at Cal U.

Dedicated Facilities

Cal U's bachelor of fine arts students work in dedicated facilities such as a two-story painting studio; fully equipped ceramic, jewelry/metals, drawing and printmaking studios; and state-of-the-art computer labs.

Joe Mruk - artist.

What Can I Do with A Fine Arts Degree?

Meet Cal U fine arts alumnus Joe Mruk, '10. He's currently working as a freelance illustrator in Pittsburgh, creating illustrations for bands, music venues, record labels and small businesses. He's also worked at The Andy Warhol Museum and has led art courses for children and young adults.

A student sells art on campus.

On-Campus Student Arts Club

Show and promote your art with Associate Artists - Cal U's student organization that collaborates with other independent and college-affiliated art groups in nearby Pennsylvania counties. The group provides networking opportunities, career development programs in the fine arts and art education, gallery management training, and club-sponsored trips.

Other clubs include:
Ceramics Club
Art Education Club
Vulcan Metals - Jewelry and metalsmithing club

Art - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Courses

This 4-year bachelor's degree program prepares students for a career as an artist or art professional. Students hone technical expertise by completing18 credits in one advanced-level studio as an area of emphasis, as well as 12 credits in one advanced-level studio area as a minor area.

Example Courses
  • Design 2-D
  • Design 3-D
  • Drawing I
  • Art History
  • Color Theory
  • Printmaking
  • Aesthetic Theory
  • Ceramics Studio
  • Jewerly/Metals 

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  • Studio Art Minor in Drawing
  • Studio Art Minor in Ceramics
  • Studio Art Minor in Jewelry/Metals
  • Studio Art Minor in Painting
  • Studio Art Minor in Printmaking
  • Studio Art Minor in Sculpture
  • General Art Major

Art Faculty

Maggy D. Aston
Associate Professor

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James B. Bove
Assistant Professor

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Laura DeFazio

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Dr. R. Scott Lloyd
Associate Professor

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Richard "Duke" Miecznikowski

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Suzan Mohney

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Todd Pinkham
Associate Professor

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