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Effective Monday, March 16 through March 31, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies staff will be working remotely to comply with University protocols as we navigate the COVID-19 virus. Penn is committed to maintaining a safe campus and workplace for faculty, students, staff, and visitors. While we are not onsite, we are still available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. by phone and online in case you need support: (215) 898-7326 or lps@sas.upenn.edu.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts through Penn and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree while studying at two of Philadelphia’s most prestigious institutions. Since 1929, the University of Pennsylvania has partnered with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to pursue their artistic passions and intellectual pursuits in the Ivy League.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts offers self-motivated and committed students the chance to design a curriculum at the intersection of their interests. As a Penn BFA student, you have access to a broad variety of courses taught throughout the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, including Penn LPS Online courses. Flexible course scheduling options include day and evening campus courses, as well as a variety of asynchronous online courses. 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program prioritizes the power of personal connection—between students, teachers, and program staff—and BFA students have access to Penn advisors to assist them in navigating their Penn experience.

Contact the Penn LPS recruitment team to answer any questions that may arise as you explore the BFA program at Penn.

Fast facts

Percentage of students studying part-time
64%
Percentage of students studying part time
16 - Number of Penn courses included in the degree
16
Number of Penn courses included in the degree
1929 - Year that Penn partnered with PAFA to offer the BFA
1929
Year that Penn partnered with PAFA to offer the BFA
Number of areas of study available to BFA students
50
Number of areas of study available to BFA students

Courses and curriculum

Students begin the Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a rigorous year of studio foundation courses at PAFA. After this first year, students can begin taking classes at Penn as they continue their PAFA coursework and studio practice. All students pursuing the BFA must complete a total of 16 classes at Penn, which includes four required courses in art history and 12 electives. BFA students may choose to enrich their Penn experience with additional academic options such as completing a minor, earning a professional certificate, or participating in study abroad programs.

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Application information

You may apply to begin Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) studies during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

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Financial Aid

Am I eligible for financial assistance?

Learn about the competitive financial packages that Penn has to offer.

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Campus Life

Culture, community, and city living

Explore everything Penn has to offer, including Philadelphia’s vibrant creative community and renowned cultural institutions.

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Contact

College of Liberal and Professional Studies Office

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

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The lifelong learning division of Penn Arts & Sciences

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326
lps@sas.upenn.edu