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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts students

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

Earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree while studying at two of Philadelphia’s most prestigious institutions. For nearly 100 years, 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, like you, the chance to design a curriculum at the intersection of your interests. As a Penn BFA student, you have access to a broad range of more than 500 courses taught throughout the School of Arts and Sciences and more than 300 courses within the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, in more than 50 areas of study. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program prioritizes the power of personal connection—between students, teachers and program staff. Contact the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program Director to answer any questions that may arise as you explore the BFA program at Penn.

Fast facts

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64%
Percentage of students studying part-time
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12
Number of free electives available through the School of Arts and Science
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100
Number of years that Penn and PAFA have partnered to offer the BFA
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50
Number of areas of study available to BFA students

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Applications for Penn’s Bachelor of Fine Arts are open throughout the year.

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