With a bachelor of fine arts, students take classes that provide extensive training in all the visual and performing arts. These degrees often have solid majors such as drama, dance, music and visual communication, but they also give students the opportunity to specialize in one or more specific areas. For example, if you are majoring in communications, you can major in communications or marketing. If you have an interest in teaching, you could take courses on elementary or secondary education, or special education. One of the most common concentrations among bachelor of fine arts students is performance art, which often includes acting, dance, visual art, video art, television production and stage work. A good number of these degrees require a liberal arts component.
Students must choose a bachelor of fine arts college that has a program with a strong practical component. Although many of the required texts for first-year students are offered on campus, students need to have something to do on their own in order to develop the skills needed for a successful career after graduation. In these cases, they take general business courses that offer them an overview of business basics. By taking a solid practicals course in the fall of their first year, students will be prepared for what to expect from an internship or career advancement after graduation.
Some of the most popular choices for a practicals bachelor's degree include communications, marketing, management, theatre arts, graphic design and photography. The requirements for each of these classes may vary, so it is important to contact a student representative to discuss which coursework will be covered. Some programs will require students to have a certain amount of “minor” experience in a related field before completing the required courses; others will not. For example, while communication requires that students have at least a bachelor's degree in communications, those who have attended art school and worked as a news reporter may be able to declare their major without requiring this experience. Other practicals classes may have similar requirements, depending on the program.
Business coursework is typically considered a “core” course for a BFA. Those with strong interpersonal and leadership skills as well as a strong academic history in business can take courses focusing on finance, marketing, operations, entrepreneurship and SOPs. Business majors often go on to teach business administration as well. Those with minors in other majors may find that there is no room for concentration in business; however, some business majors do take business management courses in their second year. In these cases, students should make sure they choose a business major that has room for concentration.
Students will find that the credits for their BFA will likely carry over into their bachelor's degree program. Many colleges have a transferable credit system in place for students who take coursework that already carries over. This is not always the case, however; especially with business courses, students will want to make sure they have enough credits through their BFA program to transfer into the larger university.
The requirements to get into a BFA are not quite as strict as a Bachelor of Science degree, but they are still extremely demanding. Students must first complete an admittance to the school, and then complete general education requirements. They may also have to participate in a work study program in which they help tutor others in a certain field of interest. If they do not meet all the minimum requirements, they will have to go someplace else to get their degree.