BHSU to offer three new bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, July 11, 2016/Categories: 2016

Allison Praeuner participates in the Design Jam at Black Hills State University, a live graphic design competition. BHSU will begin recruiting students for new bachelor of fine arts degrees in graphic design, photography, and studio art to be offered at the University.

SPEARFISH... Black Hills State University received approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents today to offer new bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees in graphic design, photography, and studio art.

The new BFA programs recognize the national standards for visual arts and communications by moving to a professional degree accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The degree also provides an advantage to students wishing to attend graduate school to pursue a master of fine arts (MFA) degree in any art-related field.

Dr. Chris Crawford, provost and vice president for academic affairs at BHSU, said the University provides an innovative learning environment with high-quality academic programs.

"Our outstanding faculty at BHSU are recognized around the world for their expertise in the fields of photography, graphic design, and studio art. Having the BFA degree responds to student needs and employer expectations and further recognizes the high standards in these programs at BHSU," said Crawford.

Student demand for visual arts and communication majors at BHSU is strong. For example, the number of students pursing graphic design degrees at BHSU has tripled in the last three years. Graduates in these programs have a great career outlook., sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects an 8 percent increase in projected annual job openings for graphic designers in South Dakota from 2014-2022. Labor Market Information also projects a long-term increase nationally with more than 6,500 annual job openings expected in the field of graphic design.

The new BFAs will prepare students to enter careers in print production, advertising, art education, entrepreneurship, non-profit arts advocacy, fine art, and museum/gallery management, among others. Courses at BHSU provide an environment where students learn the technology and skills required of a professional working in the field including classes in computer production, illustration, publishing, studio art, and art history.

These degrees will complement the strong and in demand mass communications and photography programs at BHSU.

For more information about academic programs at BHSU, visit
View the Board of Regents release.

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