Young woman drawing in an empty studio

As a student in our bachelor of arts degree with an emphasis in studio art, you will get to hone your artistic talents working alongside the same award-winning faculty from our bachelor of fine arts programs, all while having the flexibility to expand your education in fields outside the School of Arts.

At only 35 studio hours required to complete this degree, our program is a perfect fit for you if you want to pursue a dual major or a minor in another field to prepare yourself for a career that requires skills and understanding of art and design. 

… It is clear that the arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the third millennium. … Employers are placing greater strategic value on innovation and increasing the importance of employing creative workers.

—   The Conference Board
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What You Will Study

The bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires 49 credits of School of Art courses from foundations through art history.

ribbon Accreditation

Our programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Learn more.

  • This degree does not require an entrance portfolio.
  • This degree does require a senior thesis or senior project for graduation.
  • Students earning a bachelor of arts may not choose animation or visual communication as an emphasis. These options are available only to students earning a bachelor of fine arts.
  • This degree program requires two years (or the equivalent) of study in one foreign language, normally courses through the 202 level.

Art students who fulfill the grade requirements at the end of their first year meet with the primary School of Art advisor to select an area of specialization. BA students are assigned an advisor within their specialization on completing 30 credits of course work. Students in the studio art program are required to meet with their advisor to declare a single area of studio emphasis.

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Paying for Your Education

School of Art Scholarships

Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the University’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.

Ready to Apply?

Have you decided that an art major with a concentration in studio art is right for you? Then it’s time to begin the admission process. Make sure review Ball State’s admission requirements, then complete the online application.


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