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Comparing the BA, BFA & BM Degrees

If you are a prospective arts major you will need to consider the type of degree you wish to pursue. There are two options:

  1. a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in the arts, and

  2. a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) for artists/performers or a Bachelor of Music (BM) for musicians.

The BA degree is a typical liberal arts degree. For example, students who major in English or other humanities also earn a BA degree. A BA degree in arts will allow you to take more courses outside your major.


The BFA or BM is more focused or intense, in essence it is more of a “professional” degree, so there are more course requirements and performances in your major. The degree you choose will depend on your college and career goals.