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Visual Arts, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, KY,
Whether you envision yourself building a professional studio practice, pursing a career in graphic communications, teaching art at a primary or secondary school, or exploring a world of art history, we're ready to help you reach your goals.


With programs that vary in length and concentration, the WKU Department of Art supports and challenges students along a variety of life-enriching paths. The BFA degree in studio art or graphics is a comprehensive, focused program for students interested in pursuing a professional creative career. Our range of BA programs in art education, art history, and studio art introduce our students to a variety of career paths that benefit from studies in the visual arts.

Whatever path you choose, you will be working with energetic art professionals who have gained national and international recognition in their respective fields. Our faculty introduce students to a world of art by hosting visiting professionals, traveling with students to conferences and exhibitions, and leading study-abroad programs around the globe.

Students pursuing a BFA may choose a concentration in Graphic Design or Studio. Students in the BA studio concentrations may choose from ceramics, graphic design, painting, printmaking, sculpture or weaving. 

Students in the BFA may choose from ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture or weaving.This Visual Arts program is offered by Western Kentucky University.


The university’s visual arts degree programs are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation), and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Art History 
  • Humanities Course in Literature
  • Foreign Language Course
  • Humanities 
  • Social/Behavioral Science Elective
  • Natural Science Elective
  • World Culture/Am. 
  • Cult. Diversity Elective 
For more information, please check the program website.

              English Language Requirements

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              Academic Requirements

              You need the following GPA score:

              Required score: 2.5

              Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

              Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).


              • A completed application (open WKU application for admission)
              • $75 non-refundable application fee
              • Official Academic Records from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received.  Should also include a literal English translation.
              • Proof of English Proficiency
              • Financial Evidence of Support
              • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out the Transfer-In Form
              • All necessary documents, including academic records, and proof of English language proficiency, must be received before an admission decision can be made.

              International students must also provide financial evidence of support in order to obtain an I-20.

              Tuition Fee

              • International

                27144 USD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 13572 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
              • National

                26496 USD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 13248 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
              • In-State

                10602 USD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 5301 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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              Living costs for Bowling Green

              • 900 - 1400 USD/month
                Living Costs

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