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Field of Study: Art and Fine Arts, General


Programs in art and fine arts, general, teach people the history and theory of visual and performing arts.



In general art and fine arts programs, students learn to work in at least one artistic medium, such as:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramic Art

Students also learn to create an artist's portfolio to promote and market their work.

Students in arts and fine arts also pursue performing arts, including:

  • Dance
  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Instrumental music

This program also prepares students for a wide range of careers, including:

  • Fine arts
  • Multimedia artist
  • Performing arts
  • Modeling

Many colleges and universities offer associate and bachelor's degree programs in general art and fine arts. These are called the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Graduate degree programs in this field tend to be more specialized. Generally, an associate degree takes about two years of full-time study to complete. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Career and technical schools also provide studio training and degrees in the visual and performing arts. Independent art institutes may grant certificates, associate, and bachelor's degrees, which typically take anywhere from one to four years of study.