Bachelor of Arts Programs in Visual Arts

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Visual Arts

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a fundamental and versatile component of a student’s higher education. This undergraduate degree, typically taking four years to complete and requiring a range of classes, demonstrates the extent of a graduate's learning and critical thinking ability.

What is a BA in Visual Arts? This degree can involve many study topics, given the fact that each program – as well as each student – has a unique focus. In essence, a visual arts program will center on artistic education, developing students' creativity, as well as their understanding of visual art techniques and theory. Specific visual arts programs include, for example, animation, fine arts, and photojournalism. Many programs promote a well-rounded education through breadth requirements, which ensure that students take a variety of classes both within and outside of the arts.

One advantage to this field of study is its highly customizable nature. Students will have the chance to concentrate on a specific artistic medium, such as paint or clay. Projects and assignments leave plenty of room for creative interpretation and individual expression, so every student can follow this path of study differently according to his or her interests.

BAs in Visual Arts vary greatly in cost depending on the institutions and their locations. More information on enrollment costs can be obtained from individual schools.

There are many potential careers that can stem from a Visual Arts BA. These options include becoming a professional artist, fashion designer, and interior decorator. It should be noted, however, that as a Bachelor of Arts degree, this path of study opens doors rather than closing them; a visual arts degree does not restrict a student to solely art-based careers. With a BA in Visual Arts, students are well equipped to seek careers or master's degrees in fields not directly related to the field of visual Arts.

A BA in Visual Arts or a comparable field is available at most undergraduate institutions. The advantage to taking this degree online is the vast number of international programs that will be available to you, so long as you have an Internet connection. If you are interested in pursuing this degree online, or if you simply would like information on specific programs, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Bachelor of Design Arts: Visual Arts

Academy of Design Australia
Campus Full time 3 years January 2018 Australia Melbourne

If you have creative flair and an artistic leaning, our Visual Arts program allows you to explore and experiment with your expressive nature. Entwined with theory, the program will support you towards realising your creative vision through research, art history, traditional practice methods, and contemporary approaches to art in materials and process. [+]

BAs in Visual Arts. If you have creative flair and an artistic leaning, our Visual Arts program allows you to explore and experiment with your expressive nature. Entwined with theory, the program will support you towards realising your creative vision through research, art history, traditional practice methods, and contemporary approaches to art in materials and process. You will develop foundational skills in life drawing and observational drawing and learn techniques to enable the manifestation of your art production. Advanced knowledge of national and international artists and their practice will provide a framework and context for you to locate your own emerging practice. As an Academy graduate with a major in Visual Arts, you will have wide-ranging professional opportunities – for example, practising as an exhibiting artist, commercial illustration, teaching, or working in gallery and museum collections. COURSE OBJECTIVES Understand approaches to art in materials and process Foundation skills in life and observational drawing Advanced knowledge of national and international artists and their practice Build industry contacts via professional placement and international exchange opportunities Enhance creative skills via a sub-major from either the Filmmaking & Photography stream or one of the other creative disciplines. PROSPECTIVE STUDENT PROFILE Creative students Excellent communication skills Innovative thinker ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA To be considered for admission, applicants are generally required to have successfully completed their VCE or equivalent. Mature-aged applicants who have attained sufficient industry experience will also be considered. CAREER POSSIBILITIES Graduating with a major in Visual Arts offers wide-ranging professional opportunities: for example, practising... [-]

BA in Photography

BTK University of Art & Design
Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Berlin Hamburg Iserlohn + 1 more

Photographers create the images of the world in which we live. A single photograph can visualize complex thematic relationships, whilst at the same time speak directly to the viewer on an emotional level. [+]

To study photography means learning how to see in terms of images. Why does one image speak to us so much more than another? What qualities must an image possess to make it good? Which visual strategies will lead to which visual result? 

Images inspire the creation of further images and so therefore, throughout the program, many examples of images from the history of art and photography will be discussed and analyzed in relation to their contemporary relevance. An important aspect of the study program is the discussion of images: those created by the students themselves and those created by others. 

This approach provides the students with an understanding of the creative, intellectual and technical factors which lead to good visual results. Projects from the different fields of the photography enable the students to become familiar with the medium, as well as their own strengths and weaknesses. This approach allows the students to develop and define their own unique artistic style of photography by the end of the program.... [-]


Audio Production

International University Alliance
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

At our University, people who’ve been fascinated with music and sound for years are finding opportunities to transform their passion into meaningful careers. [+]

BAs in Visual Arts. Audio Technology: Bringing Sound Production Careers to Life At our University, people who’ve been fascinated with music and sound for years are finding opportunities to transform their passion into meaningful careers. The master’s in audio technology program helps budding sound engineers, rock stars and up-and-coming producers to achieve their dreams. Students learn in the classroom and in the studio. They do internships across Washington, DC, and in New York City—where the art and science of audio production are flourishing. Audio Production (BA) Offered by the Department of Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences. Admission to the Program Formal admission to the program requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval. 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better Completion of college writing requirement Completion of university mathematics requirement General Education Requirements A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline Major Requirements 59 credit hours with grades of C or better [-]

BA Honours in Illustration and Visual Communication

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time 3 years United Kingdom London

This ambitious and interdisciplinary course offers practice and study in image-making applied principally within illustration but also in a range of creative design and communication contexts from animation to commercial installation. Our premise is that within contemporary visual practice the boundaries between art, design and illustration have merged, this in part is due to digital technologies but also the cultural merging of disciplines within the visual and performing arts. [+]

This ambitious and interdisciplinary course offers practice and study in image-making applied principally within illustration but also in a range of creative design and communication contexts from animation to commercial installation. Our premise is that within contemporary visual practice the boundaries between art, design and illustration have merged, this in part is due to digital technologies but also the cultural merging of disciplines within the visual and performing arts. New creatives can find themselves working on initiatives that require a range of skills, are multi-contextual, multi-media and increasingly involve collaboration with others. Within this context the course offers an in-depth, reflective and process led approach to image-making and image media. Drawing is an enduring and central course activity in giving form to imaginative and conceptual thought, and as a means to understand in depth aesthetical, conceptual and expressive strategies in image-making and pictorial design. The course is delivered using a project framework designed to replicate the type and range of briefs anticipated in an industrial setting. Projects also provide a context and creative challenge, they make demands that stretch your understanding and encourage a ‘what if’ approach to visual problem solving. Projects are both set and self-defined and can be developed in a range of media process - animation, moving image, digital imaging, print-making, photography, painting, mixed media, three dimensional design. We encourage involvement in the creative industries. You will have the opportunity to participate in major student competitions, external exhibitions, industry initiatives as well as internships and study abroad... [-]

Theatre: Film and Television

Louisiana State University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Baton Rouge

The Film & Television program, a partnership between LSU and Baton Rouge Community College, is designed to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge not only to create and collaborate on and off stage, but on and off camera as well. The program is directly tied to the growing film industry in Louisiana, and its need for highly skilled artists, technicians, and administrative personnel. [+]

BAs in Visual Arts. Theatre: Film and Television The Film & Television program, a partnership between LSU and Baton Rouge Community College, is designed to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge not only to create and collaborate on and off stage, but on and off camera as well. The program is directly tied to the growing film industry in Louisiana, and its need for highly skilled artists, technicians, and administrative personnel. The Film & Television concentration is one of the ONLY programs in the country to include hands on courses in both production technology as well as acting for the camera and content creation. Graduates receive a B.A. in Theatre: Film/ TV Concentration. Students will develop a broad, comprehensive foundation in live theatre, electronic media, film production, and Acting for the Camera. Students choose their overall emphasis based on personal aspirations and interests (Film Performance, Film Production, Technology, Management.) The Film/TV curricula includes: Introduction to Entertainment Technology Film Production (I & II) Digital Post Production Storyboarding Acting I & II Acting for the Camera (I & II) Screenwriting (I & II) Film Internships (with professional Production Companies) Introduction to Recording Technology Audio for Digital Media History of Film Introduction to Cinema Studies And Much More This new concentration is offered in collaboration with Baton Rouge Community College. For information on this concentration, please contact Richard Holden, Co-Head/Undergraduate Performance & Associate Professor/Acting and Directing [-]

BA Hons Fine Art Top-Up

Kensington and Chelsea College
Campus Full time 30 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom London

The top-up degree is equivalent to the third year of a Fine Art BA course and has been designed for students who have successfully completed an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full BA honours qualification. [+]

Be inspired and explore your creativity with Fine Art! We offer a wide range of exciting and challenging fine art courses run by an energetic and enthusiastic team of lecturers who are practicing artists and freelance commercial designers and photographers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, you’ll be able to extend your technical skills and build confidence in your creative ability. You can choose a course from many Art and Photography areas, and study either by day or evening. You will be encouraged to explore materials, approaches and techniques in an extensive range of both certificated and non-certificated art and design courses. Our Fine Art qualification courses provide a unique opportunity for those who wish to begin their artistic careers with a challenging and rewarding period of study. Course Overview The top-up degree is equivalent to the third year of a Fine Art BA course and has been designed for students who have successfully completed an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full BA honours qualification. This one year programme allows you to develop and refine your chosen specialist discipline. Teaching takes place in a studio setting where there is an emphasis on making and exploring fine art. Students will also be given the opportunity to study the critical and contextual dimensions of fine art practice in the form of weekly art lectures, seminars and workshops. They will be encouraged to develop their thinking and understanding... [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Cinema and Television

United International College
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 China Zhuhai

The Cinema and Television (CTV) programme of UIC, founded in 2006, was developed in conjunction with, and modeled after the curriculum of the Academy of Film of Hong Kong Baptist University, the largest and most important of its kind in the region. The CTV programme aims to nurture a new generation of graduates with a global vision, professional knowledge, and production and research skills needed for the robust development of the media and creative industries in the Greater China Region and overseas. [+]

BAs in Visual Arts. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Cinema and Television The Cinema and Television (CTV) programme of UIC, founded in 2006, was developed in conjunction with, and modeled after the curriculum of the Academy of Film of Hong Kong Baptist University, the largest and most important of its kind in the region. The CTV programme aims to nurture a new generation of graduates with a global vision, professional knowledge, and production and research skills needed for the robust development of the media and creative industries in the Greater China Region and overseas. Creative industries such as film, television, and new media are one of the important soft-powers behind a country’s cultural and economic development. They play crucial roles in establishing the image of a country, region, or city and help nourish their people’s sense of humanity and belonging. With the rapid growth in demand for professionals in film and television productions and studies in the global era, the CTV Programme meets the needs of the media and creative industries in the Greater China region. The programme provides theoretical and practical courses and organised events and exercises to give students the opportunity to understand and engage in the film, television and new media industries. The knowledge and skills learned from the programme are concerned with creativity, writing and production skills, management, research and criticism. These areas are built upon the College’s ideal of ‘Whole Person Education’, its underpinning educational philosophy, and serve to create experiential learning modules that develop... [-]

BA (Hons) Animation

Nottingham Trent University: School of Art & Design
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This cutting-edge course will give you the chance to learn about animation and explore it in a way that reflects current art and industry practice. You’ll have the opportunity to study the broadest range of disciplines including drawing, writing, 2D and 3D animation, character design, storyboarding, scoring, and directing. By the end of the course you will have developed a thesis short animation and a professional show reel, tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your creative career as an animator. [+]

BA (Hons) Animation This cutting-edge course will give you the chance to learn about animation and explore it in a way that reflects current art and industry practice. You’ll have the opportunity to study the broadest range of disciplines including drawing, writing, 2D and 3D animation, character design, storyboarding, scoring, and directing. By the end of the course you will have developed a thesis short animation and a professional show reel, tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your creative career as an animator. Key features: Explore the whole subject area of animation – from drawing and writing to storyboarding and direction. Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry. Have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Autodesk's Maya, TVPaint and Dragonframe. Learn from course staff with industry experience and expertise in areas such as scriptwriting and sequential drawing. Complete short periods of work experience, to help you gain professional experience and skills. Apply to go on an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus programme. Exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham in your final year. Be selected to showcase your work at international film festivals. How you’re taught Teaching and learning experiences will include: lectures and briefings studio workshops seminars tutorials peer and self-evaluations verbal and visual presentations teamwork live projects and competitions study trips personal development planning. Assessment Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will be assessed at the end... [-]

BA (Hons) Photography In The Arts (Inc HND)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years August 2017 United Kingdom Swansea + 1 more

BA (Hons) Photography in the Arts is concerned with exploration, self-discovery and innovation. Students are encouraged to pursue personal interests and individual pathways throughout the course, in order to develop a unique visual photographic signature. Due to the friendly atmosphere and small class sizes, the course enjoys exceptional student/staff interaction and communication. [+]

BAs in Visual Arts. BA (Hons) Photography in the Arts is concerned with exploration, self-discovery and innovation. Students are encouraged to pursue personal interests and individual pathways throughout the course, in order to develop a unique visual photographic signature. Due to the friendly atmosphere and small class sizes, the course enjoys exceptional student/staff interaction and communication. Course Overview Students are encouraged to pursue personal interests and individual pathways throughout the course, in order to develop a unique visual photographic signature. Based in the Dynevor Centre for Art, Design & Media in Swansea‘s city centre, the BA (Hons) Photography in the Arts programme provides an exciting platform from which to explore the unique and critical position that the still and moving photographic image finds itself within contemporary culture at this exciting time. The course encourages students to explore and challenge the conventions of contemporary photographic art practice. Underpinned by historical and critical research, students are expected to undertake an extensive, risk-taking enquiry into the possibilities of photography, with individual creativity and personal ambition at the core of the course’s philosophy. The programme is predominantly self-directed and allows for a flexible approach to image-making in relation to both subject-matter and technique. This flexible approach reflects the evolving nature of photographic art practice, with photographers increasingly pushing the potential of the medium in unexpected and innovative directions. Students are encouraged to explore ideas and develop skills applicable to contexts such as contemporary art, publishing, advertising, fashion, interiors, architecture and travel. To this end,... [-]

Bachelor of Communication Arts in Digital Media

St. Theresa International College
Campus Full time 4 years June 2017 Thailand Nakon Nayok

By combining state-of-the-art facilities with internationalized academic practices, our program aims to equip students with the skills desired by film industries, television agencies, local studios, and online media productions. [+]

Dream of being involved in the production of films and music videos? Want the power to influence the lives of many through media? By combining state-of-the-art facilities with internationalized academic practices, our program aims to equip students with the skills desired by film industries, television agencies, local studios, and online media productions. Upon completion of the program, students shall have strong expertise in fulfilling the rapidly changing needs of the digital media industry. What will I learn? St Theresa International College is the ideal place to explore on the relationships between digital technologies, media productions, and innovation. Through intensive hands-on production experience, you will gain proficiency in use of the latest technologies for pushing the boundaries of digital media in all its forms – from text and photos, to video and animation. Courses that cover arts and crafts have been designed to give you an informed understanding of aesthetic digital media design techniques. They will also include analysis of viewer’ psychological responses and sociocultural effects towards your artistic masterpieces. As a student, you will have the opportunity to work closely with various teams of renowned film producers and television broadcasting studios where you will be immersed in the digital media world and gain substantial industry experiences. Graduates of this program shall be fully capable for efficiently developing digital media that addresses the growing needs of the media industry. Courses shall be taught with a strong emphasis on the moral and ethical aspects of mass media, to ensure that your works... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Greece Athens Cyprus Nicosia + 3 more

To enable the students to demonstrate an innovative and professional approach to contemporary Fine Art practices integrating theoretical principles into their practice. [+]

BAs in Visual Arts. Duration (years): 4 years Qualification Awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Level of Qualification: Bachelor Degree (1st Cycle) Language of Instruction: English (First and second year courses offered also in Greek) Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time Minimum Credits: 120 Minimum ECTS Credits: 240 Profile of the Programme: Aims To enable the students to demonstrate an innovative and professional approach to contemporary Fine Art practices integrating theoretical principles into their practice. To develop an independent and informed high quality arts practice in the students’ chosen mediums through specialized workshops, tutorials, lectures and group critiques. To develop a critical approach towards contemporary arts practice and use this to inform their own professional practice through an emphasis on theoretical, historical and cultural fine art contextualization. To enable students to develop a personalized vision in relation to their practice and to be able to work collaboratively with others, in the current system of contemporary art, which focuses on collaborative and collective practices. Objectives To provide a wide range of transferable skills that include training in digital media, different fine art mediums, pedagogical awareness, creative research and writing, documentation and visual presentation. To enable the students to graduate ready to pursue a career as independent, highly competitive and resourceful professional fine arts practitioners, and equip them with high quality training to work in arts and culture related work paths. To have a clear view of how contemporary art and culture systems function and demonstrate the ability to use innovative... [-]

BA Fine Art

City & Guilds of London Art School
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

The Fine Art BA (Hons) degree is one of the most challenging and creative courses you can study. Contemporary and historical skills, theories and materials; art histories; visual and contextual research; entrepreneurship and project management: at City & Guilds of London Art School we genuinely take time to support and challenge you in all these areas, enabling you to achieve... [+]

The Fine Art BA (Hons) degree is one of the most challenging and creative courses you can study. Contemporary and historical skills, theories and materials; art histories; visual and contextual research; entrepreneurship and project management: at City & Guilds of London Art School we genuinely take time to support and challenge you in all these areas, enabling you to achieve exceptional results and move on to professional practice or further study with confidence and experience. We don’t believe in a ‘house style’; this is an Art School where, with focus and ambition, you can fully explore ways of making and thinking, and develop your own artistic ‘voice’. This three-year full time course is validated by Birmingham City University’s School of Art; regular checks by the Quality Assurance Agency confirm the standard of our provision and our external examiners attest to our consistently high standards and results. Content and Structure On this course you are offered the opportunity to develop your work in the wider context of fine art through the specialist areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. The emphasis is on supporting and challenging you to develop an approach to art practice based on your own creative interests and ideas, alongside an exploration of questions about what painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing might be now, given their historical roots, materials, processes and current discourses. Some elements of the course have a specific focus based on your choice of specialism, while group tutorials, live projects and other sessions, such as... [-]

Bachelor in Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture

Aquinas College
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Grand Rapids

The Art department's mission is to train artists, art historians, and visual arts administrators, as well as to provide service courses for non-art majors. Through our courses, we aspire to build an appreciation for the rich interchange of images and ideas that can happen between art and other academic disciplines. [+]

BAs in Visual Arts. Why Study Art? The Art department's mission is to train artists, art historians, and visual arts administrators, as well as to provide service courses for non-art majors. Through our courses, we aspire to build an appreciation for the rich interchange of images and ideas that can happen between art and other academic disciplines. Our graduates in art have been encouraged to consider their future professional role in the context of both the contemporary world and the historical world. Besides a reverence for art history, they have been taught appropriate skills of mind, hand, and eye. They have been helped to find the next steps in their life journey, and have been challenged to be the best they can be in their chosen specialty. How We're Different Small classes taught by nationally and internationally renowned faculty equates to individual attention and successful mentoring. Students have access to studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week which promotes independent visual exploration, fosters camaraderie and community among students, and encourages the work ethic needed for success in the visual arts. Each studio faculty member maintains an active studio, most have gallery affiliations, and all have successful national and/or international exhibition records. Art history faculty have proven records of success including publications and presentations at national and international venues, publications in peer-reviewed literature, and internationally competitive research grants and fellowships. Faculty and students have participated in ArtPrize by curating, publishing, and exhibiting and have included Overall Winner in 2010,... [-]

BA Fine Art

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

The focus of the degree is not only to develop you as a student and critical thinker, but to inspire your growth into a skilled and intellectual artist. These attributes, which are dependent on one another, combined with practical experience and an understanding of the fine art industry, will form the beginning of your career, and stand you in the strongest possible position to carry it forward. [+]

Fine Art is a subject for ambitious and motivated students who wish to explore their experience of the world through the interrogation of ideas and concepts. The work of a fine artist is characterised by an ability to profoundly examine and sustain their creative, intellectual interpretations through physical means. The undergraduate programme is intended for those whose ambition is to practice as a professional artist, to work as a professional in the creative industries or in education. You will need to be disciplined, motivated, organised and fully engaged with the course, which is designed to develop in you the skills, confidence and critical ability required of a professional artist in the 21st century. Fine artists need both technical skill and creative insight as they work to convey complex themes from an original perspective. At CSAD, you will develop these skills through an engagement with materials within a studio practice culture. You begin by exploring the materials of the contemporary fine artist; from paint, wood, and metal to photography, video-installation, performance, or print – and all points in between. You may elect to study techniques employed within other disciplines, such as digital design methods, and you will have access to our music studio. You will also develop your understanding of art history and theory, as well as the links between art, science and philosophy. In doing so, you will be continuously refining your own position and practice. Equipped with a broad range of valuable skills and access to your own studio... [-]

BA Photography

Santa Fe University of Art and Design - SFUAD
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Santa Fe

Take the flexibility you need to become a master photographer, and combine it with skills and talents from another major, or focus on community arts. [+]

BAs in Visual Arts. Take the flexibility you need to become a master photographer, and combine it with skills and talents from another major, or focus on community arts. Imagine what you can do with a minor in film, or creative writing (journalism) or studio art. This degree allows you to custom-design your own photographic experience: when you combine outside passions with a photographic background, you’ll know all the rules and the best ways to break them. Don’t stop at the darkroom or the digital lab, see how far your photographic experience can take you. The BA in Photography requires 120 credits consisting of 36 credits in the liberal arts core, 4 credits in foundation requirements, 20 credits in major requirements, 24 credits in designated electives, and 36 credits in either a designated minor or unrestricted electives. LIBERAL ARTS CORE REQUIREMENTS: 36 CREDITS Liberal Arts Core Requirements (16 credits) FRYE 1025 Liberal Arts Seminar (4 credits) ENGL 1050 Writing Roundtable I (4 credits) ENGL 1051 Writing Roundtable II (4 credits) SOYE 2050 Sophomore Roundtable Seminar (4 credits) Liberal Arts Distributive Core Requirements (12 credits) Cultural Diversity Course (4 credits) Ethical Responsibility Course (4 credits) Options for all courses change on a semester basis. Foundation Requirements: 4 credits PHOT 1001 Freshman Studio I (2 credits) PHOT 1002 Freshman Studio II (2 credits) ARTH 1002 History of World Art II (4 credits) [-]