What does it mean to be a professional artist and to grapple with important issues of culture and society? As a bachelor of fine arts student, you will engage these questions and many more as you develop skills as an artist.

Overview

The 63-hour program in fine arts is a professional degree (BFA) intended for those who want to pursue a career as an artist. It will prepare you for graduate school and help you build a strong portfolio. In this program, you will take courses in areas such as ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and visual communication. 

Entry to this program is based on an evaluation of your portfolio, typically during your sophomore year at Calvin. 

Careers in Art - Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

  • Fine Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join other students in writing and photographing for the Chimes or Dialogue; get involved in the Visual Arts Guild.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Fine Arts major- BFA

(63 semester hours)

 

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Edgar G. Boeve' Art Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those with an interest in pursuing a career in art
  • apply through the art and art history department
Sandra Bowden Art Scholarship
James and Arthea DeBoer Arts and Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; be a graduate of Timothy Christian HS (Elmhurst, IL) or Holland Christian HS (Holland, MI)
  • automatic consideration
Curt and Lisa Vander Meer Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; intending to be a studio artist or art educator
  • apply through the art and art history department
Joel S. Vander Sloot Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; preference to those concentrating in photography
  • apply through the art and art history department
Johanna Kempers Wyngaarden Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,700
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; be pursuing an art studio major or an art education major OR be a music major concentrating in piano performance
  • apply through the art and art history department or the music department
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Faculty

You Kyong Ahn

You Kyong Ahn
Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture
Pre-architecture program advisor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105A
ya22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6038

Mandy Cano Villalobos

Mandy Cano Villalobos
Assistant Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 103B
mb39@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6935

Anna Greidanus

Anna Greidanus
Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 106A
greida@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6277

Jennifer Hoag

Jennifer Hoag
Professor
Department of Art and Art History
jsteensm@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6330

Franklin Speyers

Franklin Speyers
Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 128
speyrf@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6184

Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk

Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk
Associate Professor, department chair
Department of Art and Art History
SC 104A
jpv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6331

Adam Wolpa

Adam Wolpa
Associate Professor, Sabbatical fall & int
Department of Art and Art History
SC 104B
arw3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7640

Talk to us

Adam Wolpa Adam Wolpa
Program Director
Department of Art and Art History
SC 104B
arw3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7640

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