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Art & Art History

University of Mississippi

Compare BA & BFA in Studio Art

The University of Mississippi’s Department of Art & Art History offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art with emphases in ceramics, graphic design, imaging arts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. It is a broad degree that provides an education that focuses on studio art and art history in the context of the liberal arts.

Bachelor of Arts

The BA degree in studio art introduces students to all the various media of studio art. it is a broad degree that provides an education focusing on studio art and art history in the context of the liberal arts. The BA degree provides flexibility for combining the study of art with a minor field of study.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The BFA degree allows for an emphasis in a particular field of art, including ceramics, graphic design, imaging arts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. This degree is appropriate for students seeking a professional portfolio or planning to pursue a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. BFA students gain a wide training across various studio areas, build a professional portfolio, and hold a final thesis show. 

Courses You’ll Take

BA students complete 11 art courses and 3 art history courses.

  • 2D Design, Color Theory, 3D Design
  • Drawing I and II
  • Digital Imaging
  • 5 advanced art electives

BFA students complete 22 art courses and 5 art history courses.

  • 2D Design, Color Theory, 3D Design
  • Drawing I, II, and Figure Drawing
  • Digital Imaging
  • 5 intro courses across the studio areas
  • 5 advanced courses across the studio areas
  • 5 advanced art electives (4 in the same studio area)

Access to a Network of Alumni

You’ll have access to a strong alumni network, including many of our graduates who have become leaders in their organization.

Our art alumni find careers in all major economic sectors. The most common are: Arts|Culture|Media, Business|Finance, STEM, K-12, Higher Ed, and Hospitality|Personal Care. 

Alumni Examples

Designer/Host, HGTV’s Home Town

Creative Consultant, Estee Lauder

Graphic Designer, Walt Disney World

Art Director, Marriott International

Exec. Art Director, Simon & Schuster

Marketing Specialist, Turner Broadcasting

Dir. of Philanthropy, Heifer International

Professor of Ceramics, Univ. of Utah

Webmaster, Oxford School District

Scenic Artist, Denver Center Theatre

Technical Artist, Los Alamos Natl Labs

Game Developer, Mind Level Up

Creative Director, CNN

Appraisal services, Antiques Roadshow

Collections Assistant, Burke Museum

Staff, Chicago Art Institute