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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Who It's For

This program is aimed for those students who want to pursue an arts career in either teaching and performance, performing and studio arts, or graduate art studies. Whether you are looking forward to teach at an art school or you simply want to further develop your artistic talents, the Art program is here for you. 

The Art Program held by Westminster College gives its student a chance to travel different paths of artistic exploration. We will give you the opportunity to expand your imagination and express your ideas in a clear, concise and creative manner. This program is design to give students the skills and confidence needed to produce pieces that show understanding of history and art techniques such as: drawing, painting, photography, and pottery. 

Key Benefits

  • Closed Studio Environment: Drawing and painting classes have an average of 12 students. Photography classes average around 10 students, and pottery classes usually have 12-14 students.
  • Work in High-End Facilities: Art classes such as figure painting or drawing are held in one of the two art studios in the historic Converse Hall. Photography classes are taught in a state-of-the-art traditional and digital photo lab. Ceramics classes are held in the impressive Dolores Dore Eccles Ceramics Center.
  • Explore Special Topics: Special topic classes are offered to help broaden the range of mediums available to students.
  • Integrated program courses with other academic areas such as theatre, social sciences, or psychology.

Other Art Programs

  • Teaching major: for those interested in teaching art in public schools
  • Administration major: for those interested in working for arts organizations and institutions
  • Academic minors

About the Program

What You'll Learn

Art Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is the most intensive degree in fine arts offered at Westminster College. With this course of study, you’ll be introduced to various art forms, as well as choose an area of emphasis in either painting and drawing, pottery, photography or studio arts. In this studio-heavy program, in addition to gaining an appreciation for the cultural significance of visual expression, you will get the personal attention and gain the experience that you need to develop a strong body of work. You’ll spend most of your time making your own art, with plenty of opportunities for feedback from your teachers and fellow students.

  • If you intend to become a serious professional artist, continue the study of art in graduate school, pursue one of the many careers in art, or simply devote yourself to your artwork to make your portfolio as strong as it can be, the BFA is for you.

Student sculpting a clay form

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art offers a good balance between the study of art and liberal education. In this major, you will be introduced to a variety of disciplines and ideas. Because this course of study includes many hours of elective classes, you will choose from several fine art studio classes to personalize your experience. Although not as rigorous as the BFA, the BA strongly emphasizes studio arts in a supportive and nurturing environment to help you develop your artistic skills.

  • If you’re looking for a degree in Art as part of a double major or if you want a well-rounded degree that will give you the opportunity to explore your artistic interests, the BA in art from Westminster is a good choice.

Student Artwork

Specimen of the Doe

Sample Courses

Experimental Photography, Landscape Painting, Primitive Pottery, Printmaking, and Earthworks of the American West are some of the coursed you can take in this program. 

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

You want a college experience where you matter—a school that will serve as a launchpad for a meaningful life. At Westminster, we are committed to making this experience more affordable to all motivated and talented students, regardless of family financial standing. You will be no exception.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Room and Board*

$8,190 ($4,095 per semester)

*Room and board above is an estimate based on a double occupancy room with a purple meal plan.

Total Fees

$40,294 ($20,147 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)

Average Remaining Tuition, Room, and Board

$13,663 ($6,831.50 per semester)


We’ll Help You Invest in Your Future

We automatically consider all accepted freshmen applicants for institutional scholarship and grant programs, with no separate scholarship applications. In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs you can qualify for. At the end of the day, we want to help make your future happen.

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