Art, BFA—Studio Specialization

About the Studio Art Specialization

The BFA in Studio Art is a vibrant and inclusive community where aspiring artists like you can flourish and grow. Our program is designed for aspiring artists seeking to develop their creative skills and pursue a career in the visual arts. With a strong emphasis on hands-on studio practice, you will explore a wide range of mediums including ceramics, drawing, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood design. With this diverse range of options, you'll have the opportunity to discover your true artistic passions.

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Why Study Studio Art at CWU?

We emphasize practical training and professional development opportunities, equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in the visual arts.

Guided by our faculty, who are accomplished artists themselves, you'll receive mentorship and guidance throughout your artistic development. They will help you hone your skills and build a remarkable portfolio that showcases your talent.

“I love giving myself a challenge. You’re only as good as your last mistake, and I’m always trying to push myself creatively.” 2019 Alumni, Amanda Ontiveros, graduated with a BFA in Studio Art.

Where is this program offered?

How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Careers and Opportunities

Whether you aspire to be a professional artist, art educator, gallery curator, or pursue other art-related careers, our degree prepares you with the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive art world.

  • Professional Artist: Establish yourself as a professional artist, creating and exhibiting your artwork in galleries, museums, and other art spaces.
  • Art Director: You can work in the film, television, and theater industries as an art director or production designer, responsible for the visual aesthetics and overall design of sets, costumes, and props.
  • Gallery/Museum Professional: Consider work in galleries, museums, and cultural institutions as curators, gallery managers, museum educators, or art administrators.


Undergraduate Exhibition

The Department of Art and Design sponsors an annual Juried Undergraduate Student Art and Design Exhibition, a showcase for outstanding undergraduate student artwork. Students display their best art and design projects, with the winners recognized for excellence during a public event.

Additional Program Information

  • Art and Design Program Eligibility

    All new Art and Design majors can select from any of the degree programs. To continue in the BFA degree programs (Graphic Design or Studio Art) you will: 

    • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all Art and Design classes. 
    • Present to the faculty a portfolio of work during a Junior year review. 
  • BFA or BA?

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree that focuses on intensive work. The BFA provides an in-depth program of study in Graphic Design or Studio Art while also allowing for some experimentation in several arts media. 


    The Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA) is a liberal arts degree that focuses on the study of art, design, and art history. The BA allows for a second major, a minor or various courses in different departments. 

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