Art (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed to give you a concentrated and focused education in graphic design or studio art. You’ll gain a broad understanding of studio art and art history through a common 21-credit core, and complete an additional option in graphic design or studio art. Portfolio reviews are required annually. The program culminates in a final project displayed at the annual BFA Exhibition.


Graphic Design

Graphic design is one of today’s fastest-growing professions, and PSU offers one of the most comprehensive graphic design programs in the Northeast. Both the BFA and BA degrees offer design options, and there is also a graphic design minor. You will also have to opportunity to apply what you learn to the real world through internships.

PSU offers you a state-of-the-art facility contained in a renovated factory building, with full accessibility to our 20-workstation Apple iMac Computer Lab and a smart board for enhanced instruction. You’ll work with dedicated design instructors in a hands-on curriculum that balances conceptual thinking with technical know-how, and unites traditional design skills with digital applications.

What can I do with a degree in graphic design?
Our alumni have secured positions in design studios, ad agencies, corporate in-house design departments, digital multimedia facilities, printing companies, and other professional situations.

Studio Art: Integrated Practices, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
The Studio Art Option includes a core of introductory Studio Area courses, introductory Art History courses, a Studio Option Area of focus, and a Thesis in the Area of Focus. Studio Option Areas available are in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking. Students should begin coursework in their Studio Option Area during year two in order to complete requirements prior to Thesis.
Studio Art: Multi-Media

The Multi-Media degree provides students with a historical context for art and design, and skills and techniques related to both hand and digital craft. Students cultivate and create their own digital presence and body of work. This degree allows students to work across various media, and to combine traditional techniques with contemporary and cutting-edge approaches to artmaking, such as 3D printing and VR. The program culminates in a capstone project undertaken in concert with a diverse peer group of interdisciplinary makers.