Cumberland University


Areas of emphasis include:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Entertainment Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Studio Art
  • Art Education (K-12) Teacher Licensure

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree provides students with a means to develop their technical and creative potential, while learning to express themselves as diverse and informed artists. The program's theoretical and practical approach within a liberal arts curriculum strives to stimulate the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth of students preparing for professional careers or graduate study.

Students pursuing the B.F.A. take a series of art foundation courses as freshmen and sophomores; then specialize in one of several areas. Course options within the traditional visual arts include include Painting, Sculpture, and Studio Art. Along with Studio Art, an option is available for additional coursework leading to Art Education (K-12) Teacher Licensure. Studio art courses in glass are also available.

Students can also pursue new media oriented digital areas such as Digital Photography or Entertainment Design - with a course of study unique to the Nashville area. In addition to traditional and computer studies in art and design, Entertainment Design students also pursue coursework in areas such as music technology, theatre essentials, and time-based media, with options for related studies such as business or cinema studies. Students are encouraged to pursue internships, in order to begin to experience the workplace and make contacts within their fields of interest.