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The USD Department of Art offers the B.F.A. degrees in Art and Art Education. The B.F.A. is the professional degree for Fine Arts and requires that 60 percent of the degree must be in the art major and 40 percent in general education classes; as opposed to a B.A. or B.S. degree, which only requires 40 percent of art classes and is considered a less intense, general degree. We offer comprehensive B.F.A. degrees in Art and Art Education, that prepare students for careers in art and design but we also provide studio and art history classes for all USD students. All studio classes provide personalized instruction designed to help students explore a variety of interests and develop technical skills in their chosen media, while art history provides an understanding of the role the visual arts play in human development.
The B.F.A. degree is considered the professional undergraduate degree in the field of visual arts. The four-year program at USD focuses on intensive work in art or design, supported by a program of general studies. The B.F.A. is designed for students who desire a thorough, specialized and rigorous training to develop skills, concepts and sensitivities essential to a career as a professional artist or designer. Candidates select one of the following studio areas to earn their B.F.A. with an emphasis in:
The B.F.A. degree in Art Education (with K-12 certification in art) is a four and one-half to five-year professional undergraduate degree program intended for students who desire to teach at the primary or secondary levels (grades K-12), and who desire professional training as a visual artist in one of the above listed studio emphasis areas. This degree is cooperatively offered between the Department of Art and the School of Education, so students will develop competencies in professional education and in specific studio areas.