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The Hartford Art School offers eight studio majors leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), one Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in Art History and three Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs.  

The BFA is considered a “professional” degree, the BA program is considered a “liberal arts” degree and the MFA is considered the terminal graduate degree in the arts.  Both undergraduate degrees require a minimum of 120 semester credit hours but the degrees differs in the number of studio art credits required. The MFA requires a minimum of 60 graduate credits.         

All our programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). According to their standards, 65 percent of required credits for a BFA must be in the creation and study of the visual arts or design (with a minimum of 25 percent of those credits being in the field of specialization).  In comparison, a BA requires 30 percent of the total course credits to be in the major.

BFA (120 credits)

Ceramics
Illustration
Painting and Drawing
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Communication Design

Major studios 

25-35%

Supporting Art Courses   

20-30%

Art History 

10-15%

General Education

25-35%

Please see a specific major for more detailed information on each area’s curriculum requirements.