What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a preprofessional degree focusing on high-level studio skills. It includes intensive portfolio development and prepares students for hands-on careers in the fine arts or for pursuit of a Master in Fine Arts degree. Concentrations available are drawing/painting, graphic design, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Based on the tradition of fine art photography, this program stresses the formal and conceptual aspects of the medium as well as an aesthetic and cultural understanding of photography in an historical and contemporary context. Students will utilize digital, black and white, and alternative processes in photography. Students interested in graduate study, professional employment, or exploring the use of photography in their personal expression benefit from this program.

Students receiving the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must complete 125 total credit hours including:

  • IU South Bend Campuswide General Education Curriculum (33 cr.) to include
  • FINA-A 109 Ways of Seeing: Visual Literacy (Visual Literacy)
  • FINA-P 273 Computer Art and Design I (Computer Literacy)
  • AHST-A 307 Introduction to Non-Western Art (Non-Western Culture)
  • Major Requirements (77 cr.)
  • Addtional Requirements (15 cr.)

Which department am I in?

Ernestine M Raclin School of the Arts

Study options

Full Time (125 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,373.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

Ernestine M Raclin School of the Arts

Northside 101,

1700 Mishawaka Ave,

SOUTH BEND,

Indiana,

46634, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a score of at least 630 on the General Educational Development (GED) test. English Language Requirements: Minimum TOEFL score of 71 or higher on the internet-based; TOEFL score 530 or higher paper-based exam; IELTS - 6.0 or higher; Pearson Test of English, Academic: 48 or higher; WAEC's Senior Secondary Certificate of Examinations (SSCE): A or B; Ordinary Level Certificate: A or B; Cambridge International O Levels: C or higher; (Test in Practical English Proficiency) "EIKEN": Pre-1 or higher.

For international students

Students who have not attended college or university after graduating from high school and wish to earn a first bachelor’s degree are first-year students. Students who took dual-enrolled college coursework while still in high school are also considered first-year students. In general, we recommend that students complete college preparatory coursework that includes: Eight semesters of English or the language of instruction, Six to eight semesters of mathematics, Six to eight semesters of natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), Six semesters of social science (economics, government, history, psychology, or sociology), Eight semesters of foreign language, fine arts, computer science, or technical skills, Two semesters of health, physical education, or safety.

English language Requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet based - 71 or higher
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based - 530 or higher
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic - 48 or higher
  • Test in Practical English Proficiency - Pre-1 or higher
  • SAT I Critical Reading - 450 or higher (or the equivalency on the new evidence-based reading and writing section)
  • WAEC's Senior Secondary Certificate of Examinations (SSCE) - A or B
  • Ordinary Level Certificate - A or B
  • Cambridge International O Levels - C or higher
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) - A or B

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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