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Combine extraordinary academic and artistic training

For nearly 100 years, the University of Pennsylvania has partnered with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to provide students with the extraordinary opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree while studying at two of Philadelphia’s most prestigious institutions.

In the BFA  program, you will unite the technical mastery of studio art and the breadth of the liberal arts to complete your undergraduate degree and gain a world-class education in the liberal arts. The program allows you to pursue your artistic passions and your unique combination of intellectual interests in two environments that offer the support, resources and flexibility you deserve to ensure your success.

A curriculum created with you, for you

The Bachelor of Fine Arts offers self-motivated and committed students, like you, the chance to design your own curriculum at the intersection of your interests. As a Penn BFA student, you’ll have access to a broad range of 500 courses taught throughout the School of Arts and Sciences and 300 courses within the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, in more than 50 areas of study. 

You’ll experience the breadth that Penn has to offer, as well as enjoy the flexibility of designing your own curriculum. With the support of your personal academic advisor at Penn, you’ll choose 16 courses that deepen and broaden your engagement with the ideas, questions and practices that matter most to you. 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program prioritizes the power of personal connection — between students, teachers and program staff. The Program Director is available to answer any questions that may arise as you explore the BFA program at Penn.

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