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Where Well-Rounded Artists Take Shape

Small, interactive art classes. Practical, hands-on internships and apprenticeships. Exciting study abroad opportunities. They all come together at Arcadia to give you the tools you need to think creatively and make the most of whatever career path you choose. With so many different professional options to explore, the art world is more multi-faceted now than ever before. In Arcadia’s supportive liberal arts setting, you’ll acquire the diverse skills and experience you need to thrive as an artist and a person.

About Our Program

Arcadia University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The visual arts program combines the intimacy and individual attention of a small school with the depth and diversity of ambitious study abroad opportunities, offering a unique and rewarding college experience. Home to an internationally known art gallery, Arcadia offers 14 different art concentrations, as well as a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum. 

Located just a short drive from Philadelphia, Arcadia provides exciting opportunities for real-world art exploration and hands-on internships and apprenticeships. 

The Department believes that the art and imagery of the past and present together shape an individual’s self and cultural identity, and it educates students to become artists who will develop keen powers of observation, communication and inquiry, technical and formal excellence, and a creative spirit. At Arcadia, students enjoy a strong sense of community with peers and faculty, and develop lifelong creative skills to support a variety of career pursuits.

The B.F.A. Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs combine a liberal arts education with professional preparation for careers in art or design. Through courses in the humanities and sciences, students gain an understanding of the nature of art, humankind and society, which is essential to developing creative potential. Special attention is given to the major visual disciplines as a foundation for art specializations.

Students are prepared for graduate study in studio art; entry-level positions in numerous art occupations connected with business and industry, government and social agencies; and future possibilities for careers as exhibiting artists. 

During the freshman and sophomore years, all B.F.A. students take a major in Art and a common set of courses in the basic art disciplines, including Art History. In the junior and senior years, students select one of the studio concentrations described below, with the permission of their advisers. Internships and apprenticeships are strongly recommended and are required for some concentrations.

Field Trips,  Internships, and Apprenticeships

In addition to offering a wide range of academic and studio courses, the Visual and Performing Arts Department schedules annual field trips to area museums, including New York and Washington, D.C. Each trip relates exhibits to studio and historical concerns. Internships at museums and other businesses and organizations provide students with important professional experiences.

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