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Is there a difference between Fine Arts and Studio Arts?

hsmamainvahsmamainva Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
edited February 2006 in Visual Arts and Film Majors
Trying to figure out why some colleges call it a Fine Arts Major and some call it a Studio Art Major?

My oldest son is thinking of majoring in art, and he's curious to find out the answer to this question!

Post edited by hsmamainva on

Replies to: Is there a difference between Fine Arts and Studio Arts?

  • mackinawmackinaw Registered User Posts: 2,568 Senior Member
    The term "fine art" is more inclusive than "studio art," and implies both performance (music, dance, theater, etc.) and studio arts.

    That said, within the context of studio-based art, there is often a distinction made between "fine art" (e.g., painting, sculpture, drawing) and "design," which has a more applied focus (e.g., graphics, industrial design, illustration, jewelry making, fashion). Both are "studio art."
  • unsoccer-momunsoccer-mom Registered User Posts: 562 Junior Member
    What I have seen is in the context of liberal arts BA vs. an art school BFA. Typically a BA is in general studio arts. A fine arts major at an art school will get a BFA and it may be with an emphasis in painting, sculpture, photography, etc. It could also be more integrated depending upon the school and its program.
  • unsoccer-momunsoccer-mom Registered User Posts: 562 Junior Member
    BTW, a BA in studio arts will be between 50 to 60 credits in studio art with the rest in "academic" courses. A BFA will mean no more than 30 credits in "academic" courses with the bulk (90 credits) in art classes.
  • mackinawmackinaw Registered User Posts: 2,568 Senior Member
    unsoccer-mom, I think your last summary is much too broad. The number of credits that a BFA wil have in art vs. academic subjects varies enormously from one BFA program to the next. Generally speaking, in stand-alone studio art colleges the student will typically have about 70-75% of credits in studio courses -- this is consistent with your statement. But BFA's earned in other colleges and universities will typically have a much lower percentage of credits in studio courses -- anywhere from 40-60%. A student has to check the requirements of each college.
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