A Bachelor of Visual Arts is a standard bachelor's degree for incoming students in the United States and Canada finishing a satisfying professional academic program in either the visual performing or creative arts. Visual arts include visual communication such as drawing, painting, photography, video, and installation. Performance is involved in the application of visual skills to promote aesthetic, cultural, aesthetic, and sociocultural understanding. This degree is usually offered by art universities and colleges. An associate's degree may be sufficient if you are planning on entering professional life with your visual arts degree.
The Bachelor of Visual Arts is intended to equip students with all the necessary skills for success in a number of visual-performing arts settings. These settings range from performance workshops, television and film production, fashion design, advertising, and visual communications. Students of this degree will be prepared to take the creative-business leadership examination that many industries use to test an individual's creativity and managerial ability. This examination includes questions about your familiarity with the current technologies used in visual communications.
Students who earn their Bachelor of Visual Arts degree will also learn how to properly plan and coordinate a vision and a budget for a project. The degree also teaches students how to create a proposal and how to write a business plan. The Bachelor of Visual Arts degree also includes internships that provide valuable experience in both the visual and creative industries. These programs are designed to give students hands-on experience in both areas.
It is possible to earn a Bachelor of Visual Arts without any previous art-related training. The curriculum of the program consists of classes that teach students the basics of visual arts and prepare them to develop specific skills in specific artistic mediums. Prerequisites for graduation will require a satisfactory grade in all coursework and a minor in fine arts.
Most visual-arts bachelor degree programs contain courses that are grounded in theory and applied research. Students will take classes that include theatrical practices, impressionism, digital media, digital painting, computer-aided design, film studies, photography, graphic design, video art, printmaking, installation and performance, cultural cognition, performance art and digital media theory. Art students can expect to take courses that include anatomy, aesthetics, cognitive psychology, communications, composition, dance, lighting, art history, image theory, interaction design, museum studies, visual memory, visual composition, visual psychology and cognitive architecture. An associate's degree takes less than two years to complete; however, bachelor's degrees take more than four years.
Most accredited colleges and universities with these degrees offer financial aid. In addition to financial aid, students may be required to take part in work study or internship programs. Students who are unable to afford college can get a low interest student loan that will be paid back once the borrower graduates. A student may also apply for federal government student loans for assistance. The requirements for federal student aid is that the prospective borrower must be a U.S. citizen and a valid alien, and he or she must not have any past bankruptcies.