Arts in College
Visual and Performing Arts
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:
a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in the arts, and
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.