Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Studio Art

The art major is designed for students aspiring to pursue a professional path as an artist or someone involved in the administrative aspects of an art-related organization. You’ll begin with creative foundational classes, then work with your advisor to determine whether you want to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Both options provide the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the art industry.

The Nebraska Difference


Over $1 million in scholarships offered to fine and performing arts students each year

Participate in a study abroad experience


Learn from visiting artists

Students walking through Sheldon Museum of Art

Program Features

Unlock Your Unique Artistry 

You’ll immediately start creating art in our foundation classes. Then, you’ll tailor your experience based on your career goals and interests. Get experience in each studio before choosing one or two to emphasize. You will leave well-rounded and with a creative voice to express. 

Meet Visiting Artists 

The Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Series brings six to eight nationally known artists to campus each semester. Visiting artists teach a lecture class, give a presentation and provide critique. 

Study Abroad 

Take classes around the world taught by our School of Art faculty. Previous faculty-led trips included London, Paris, Tokyo, Italy and Greece. 


Students working on ceramics project

Notable Courses

Color and Composition (ARTP 151)

Introduction to color theory and the use of color in design. Elements and principles of two-dimensional composition and design in both pigment and digital media.

Three-Dimensional Design (ARTP 152)

Three-dimensional studio practice based in research and observation, in the context of ideas and meaning. Transformation and manipulation of materials and processes.

Drawing (DRAW 201)

Drawing with emphasis on perceptual and expressive techniques in a variety of materials.

Beginning Ceramics: Hand building (CERM 232)

Introduction to the making of ceramic art with an overview of the history, aesthetics and criticism, focusing on hand building techniques and low temperature materials.

Beginning Photography - Digital (PHOT 261)

Introduction to digital photographic processes for artists, including camera operations, image editing and printing. See and express ideas photographically.

Beginning Sculpture I (SCLP 211)

Introduction to additive processes. Basic skill development using a variety of processes and materials.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
  • Gallery internship, New York City
  • Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska


  • Professional artist, educator or gallery owner
  • Visual effects artist, LOLA FX
  • Designer, Hallmark Cards
  • Product designer, Oriental Trading Company

Graduate Schools

  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • MFA, Ohio State University
  • MFA, Louisiana State University
  • MFA, Arizona State University

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Art major or navigating the application process, contact us.

Chris Watson portrait
Contact Name
Chris Watson
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment