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Art, B.F.A.

B.F.A. in Art

Inspire us. Grow. Create.Make your art. Make an impact.

Art is essential. A BFA from Penn State is the difference between you knowing that your art matters and the rest of the world knowing it, too.

Our internationally exhibiting and award-winning faculty are devoted to helping you grow your abilities, learn new skills, see in new ways, and find your true voice.

Earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art at Penn State

Are you ready for your next step? Take it with us.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program prepares students to be leaders in the contemporary art world. The degree features an intense, supportive studio culture, and broad access to the unparalleled resources of a Tier 1 university.

Students enrolled in the School of Visual Arts apply to the B.F.A. program between their second and fourth semesters. Entrance is awarded following a successful portfolio review.


With specialized resources and faculty, students will pursue a focused degree from the following concentration areas.

Next Steps

Is the B.F.A. in Art right for you?

Penn State’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program prepares students to be leaders in the contemporary art world.

You are a visual thinker who works with your hands, heart, and head. Artists earning this degree are creative makers and critical thinkers who shape our awareness about what is possible and, in doing so, change the way we see, experience, and understand our world. Students who earn this degree pursue careers as art directors, educators, and practicing artists.

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Alumni Spotlight

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Meliza Fermin

Meliza Fermin is an award-winning visual effects artist across television and film genres. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for her work on the television show Heroes, and Emmy certificates for her contributions to The Battle of Gettysburg and American Horror Story. Currently, Meliza works at Fuse FX as a senior digital matte painter on shows such as American Horror Story and Timeless.

Considering the B.F.A. in Art? Consider this.

Prepare yourself for a professional career and graduate studies in visual art.

  • Be part of the diverse and vibrant Penn State culture.
  • Exhibit your art in one of the SoVA galleries.
  • Faculty are scholars and visual artists whose work is known nationally and internationally.
  • Enjoy SoVA’s close-knit collaborative community.

Faculty Spotlight

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Rudy Shepherd

Professor of Art

Rudy Shepherd’s work explores the nature of evil through the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture and performance. This exploration involves investigations into the lives of criminals and victims of crime. He explores the complexity of these stories and the grey areas between innocence and guilt in a series of paintings and drawings of both the criminals and the victims, making no visual distinctions between the two. Going along with these portraits is a series of sculptures called the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers and Healing Devices. They are a group of sculptures meant to remove negative energy from people, thus allowing them to respond to life with the more positive aspects of their personality.

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