Art (B.F.A.)

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Why the BFA?

The national standard for undergraduates seeking to major in the fine arts (studio based courses) is the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. To be competitive in today’s art market, studio artists need experience in honing fundamental skills and developing a personal philosophy regarding the creating of artistic works. Many undergraduates seek to begin their careers following graduation, and a BFA degree from Freed-Hardeman University sets graduates on a stronger foundation.  

What’s the difference?

An art major can earn either a BA or BFA in studio art by successfully completing the required 126 credit hours. The difference lies in the degree curriculums. BA majors have a more varied educational experience, while BFA majors devote their elective hours to studio research courses.

The BFA program requires an additional 3 hours of art history and 18 hours of studio research. Six of these hours come from additional drawing courses and 12 hours from courses in the selected discipline of either painting or printmaking. The BFA program is a commitment one makes to achieve the greatest educational experience in studio art while attending Freed-Hardeman University.

B.F.A. Major in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art

126 hours

Program Coordinator: Mr. Brian Bundren


For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation.


I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements:

34 hours

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core


II. Major Requirements:

58-61 hours

ART 120

Drawing I


ART 130

2-D Design


ART 220

Drawing II


ART 240

Painting I


ART 260

Black and White Photography


ART 314 

Modern Art (W) 

ART 332 

3-D Design and Sculptural Techniques 

ART 340 

Painting II 

ART 380 

Printmaking I 

ART 390 

Studio Research Drawing I 

ART 391

Studio Research Drawing II 

ART 410 

Readings in Art History (W) 

ART 381 

Printmaking II OR

ART 440

Painting III 


ART 460A-D* 

Senior Exhibit and Seminar (W)


ART 490 

Studio Research 2-D Medium I (W) 

ART 491 

Studio Research 2-D Medium II (W) 

ART 492 

Studio Research 2-D Medium III (W) 

ART 493 

Studio Research 2-D Medium IV (W) 

Choose six (6) hours from the following courses:

6 hours 

ART 311

Ancient Art (W)


ART 312

Medieval and Asian Art (W)


ART 313 

Renaissance Art 



IV. Electives (including additional Bible):

31-34 hours

*Students certifying to teach should take this course for 1 hour credit.



Which one is right for me?

For those seeking a career as a fine artist, the BFA is the standard. To begin a studio-based practice, compete for exhibitions in the art market and make work of high quality, the experience offered by the BFA program will put one on a road to greater opportunity.

Students seeking to further their education in graduate programs and earn a Master’s degree in fine art (MFA) will benefit from earning the BFA. Graduate programs are competitive with limited availability. Those with BFA degrees have earned the credit hours and created the portfolios to gain consideration for higher education.

The BA degree is best suited for those seeking to major in art education at the primary or secondary levels. The courses of the BA program dovetail into the education program at FHU allowing students to complete the requirements of both programs in four years.