Why Study Art?

Quick Facts

General Education Requirements: 37 hours
Art Foundation: 15 hours
 
Core Art Requirements: 36 hours 
Art History: 9 hours
Junior Requirements: 18 hours 
Senior Requirements: 13 hours
Elective: 1 hour
Total: 120 hours 

Full Program Requirements

Art does not only enrich individual lives—it is essential to the health of any society, as it is practiced and experienced collectively. Governors State’s Bachelor of Fine Arts offers an interdisciplinary approach in the visual arts with concentrations in Studio Arts or Film, allowing students to explore and create within the discipline of their interests. Moreover, the GSU campus is located within the internationally renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. This “museum in the prairie” serves as a living laboratory for the union of art, nature, and university life.

With coursework in art history, ceramics, drawing, digital imaging, film, graphic design, glass, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture, students are free to explore one or several disciplines as they begin to formulate their individual vision. And in the senior year, BFA students conclude their studies by presenting a senior project of their creative work, which provides an opportunity to share the visual result and evidence of their creative investigations and research.

Reach your career goals.

 A BFA prepares visual artists with an emphasis on the lifelong production of professional creative work. Graduates who continue to produce often go on to build a professional exhibition record, showing in galleries and museums, while others choose to enter careers utilizing skills developed in the program, such as entrepreneurship, critical thinking, marketing, and problem solving. Advanced study at the master’s and Master of Fine Arts level is also common, especially for students interested in teaching at the university level. 

Real-World Application

The study of art prepares students with the drive and determination needed to succeed as professional artists and with the skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and entrepreneurship valued by employers. GSU’s student club Art Forum allows student artists to sell and showcase their work at biannual art markets on campus, fostering skill-building in such areas as networking and marketing.

Full Program Requirements

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

How to Apply

How to Apply

If you are ready to take the next step, you can create an account and apply here, or simply request more information about the programs of your choice.

Cost and Financial Aid

Cost and Financial Aid

Our tuition estimator helps you calculate your cost of attendance. Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you find ways to fund your education.

Scholarships

Scholarships

At GSU, many scholarships are available and can make your education even more affordable!

All Academic Programs

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to completion of a Masters degree as well!

Student Life

Student Life

Student Clubs and Organizations at Governors State University enrich your educational experience, allowing you to gain and hone skills applicable to the classroom and life beyond. Click here to explore additional student resources.

On-campus Residence

On-campus Residence

Prairie Place, our on-campus housing, provides many options to accommodate the needs of our diverse student population.

Campus Location

Campus Location

If you have been wondering, "Where is Governors State University?" Learn more about our campus, and get directions to come visit us or take a virtual tour!

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