BFA in Art

APU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art is the undergraduate degree highly desired by students serious about pursuing careers or advanced degrees in the visual arts.

75 units

Students must apply for the Art Major (BFA) after they have completed 18 units of core courses (or equivalent portfolio content). The application form with specific portfolio expectations may be obtained in the Department of Art; applications are due in late September for the spring semester and in early March for the fall semester. Contact the department for deadlines and additional information at or (626) 815-2064.


  • Students must successfully complete a portfolio Review of Artistic Competencies (RAC) before progressing to upper-division courses. The review dates are announced every term and are available in the Department of Art.

All students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in major courses to graduate. 

Core Courses
ART 105Ceramics I3
ART 125New Genre Art Forms I3
ART 130Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 135Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 145Drawing I3
ART 146Painting I3
ART 160Photography I 13
ART 170Sculpture I3
ART 230Figurative Lab3
ART 403Multicultural Art 13
ART 431Gallery Design3
Select one of the following:
ART 111Printmaking: Serigraph3
or ART 210 Printmaking: Relief
Art History Courses12
Select four of the following:
History of Ancient Art and Architecture 1
Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture 2
History of Contemporary Art and Architecture 1
Women In Art
History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture 1
History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture 1
History of Graphic Design and Illustration
Concentration 315
Select one of the following:
Ceramics II
Ceramics III
Ceramics IV
Ceramic Studio Processes
Drawing and Painting
Drawing and Painting II
Painting III
Drawing and Painting Processes
Photography II
Photography III
Photography IV
Advanced Photography Studio
Commercial Photography
Sculpture II
Sculpture III
Sculpture IV
Sculptural Processes
Capstone Courses
ART 450Portfolio 43
ART 452Exhibition Capstone1
ART 475Art Internship2
ART 495Special Topics in Art3
ART 496Senior Seminar: Art Ethics3
Total Units75

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement. 


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 


For all process courses (ART 406ART 445, ART 465, ART 471), a maximum of 3 units may be taken at one time.


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.

General Education Program Requirements and Recommendations

Several BFA courses also fulfill General Education requirements. Additionally, the BFA has specific recommendations for other General Education requirements.

Skills and University Requirements
GE 100First-Year Seminar3
WRIT 110Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing3
Writing 23
Writing 2: Writing for Christian Practice
Writing 2: Writing in the Humanities
Writing 2: Film Analysis and Criticism
Writing 33
Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture
Quantitative Literacy3
College Algebra
Mathematics in Society
MATH 120
Introduction to Statistics
Oral Communication3
Public Communication
Physical Education1
PE XXXFitness for Life or Varsity Sport
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Humanities: Fine Arts3
History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture
History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture
Multicultural Art
Humanities: History3
United States History Since 1877
Humanities: Literature3
Studies in Literature
Social Science3
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Natural Science w/lab4
Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
Upper-Division Bible 3
Personal and Social Responsibility
Civic Knowledge and Engagement3
Intercultural Communication3
Integrative and Applied Learning3
Total Units62

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competencies with traditional and nontraditional materials, tools, and techniques.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of aesthetic engagement, artistic perception, and critical judgment through writing and speaking.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of art and architecture from ancient to contemporary.
  4. Develop an understanding of the Christian worldview in relation to the arts.