Art B.A.

  • A student discusses their painting with their instructor

    Art B.A.

    Immerse yourself in Alaska's vibrant culture and cultivate your creativity by exploring art and design. The University of Alaska Anchorage is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Explore the art bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s Bachelor of Arts in art degree program combines a diverse liberal arts curriculum with studio and history courses. As an undergraduate student, you’ll have the freedom to explore classes in a variety of academic areas, acquire a broad understanding of art and art history and develop a method of artistic expression using various studio approaches.

Art scholarships and financial aid

In addition to general scholarships available at UAA, program scholarship opportunities are offered to qualified art majors.

Technical skills in art and design

With UAA’s comprehensive, multi-studio approach, you will develop a foundation of diverse technical skills using a variety of materials.

Minor in a related topic

With fewer studio requirements and more elective options than the B.F.A., you can take classes in other disciplines, such as history, computer science, journalism and public communications or psychology, to complement your Bachelor of Arts in art degree.

Student art exhibitions

Participate in exhibitions on and off campus. UAA fine art galleries and local organizations provide creative spaces to display your work and offer unique opportunities to get involved with exhibition planning.

Art student advisors
Dedicated academic advisors will help you with course scheduling, credit transfers, financial aid appeals and more. Plus, faculty advisors provide additional guidance in program requirements to help you successfully earn a degree.

Art B.A.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Emphases: Painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, graphic design, illustration and Alaska Native art

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Other program options: B.F.A., minor in art, continuing education classes

Did you know..

The Alaska Native art area of study is one of very few programs of this nature in the U.S. This Bachelor of Arts in art program is led by prominent Sugpiaq painter Alvin Amason

What can you do with an art degree from UAA?

Prepare for an art school graduate degree program or a successful, creative career in one of many different fields.

Art graduate programs
Students who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in art from UAA have been accepted into graduate degree programs at the following:
  • Alfred School of Art and Design
  • Arizona State University
  • Institute of American Indian Art
  • New York University
  • Ohio University
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Montana
Art major jobs
Apply your arts education to a variety of careers. These are just a few examples of jobs for art majors:
  • Graphic Designer or Illustrator
  • Arts Administrator or Art Educator in community centers, museums, galleries and after-school programs
  • Interior or Product Designer

By the numbers..

The average class size in the UAA Department of Art. Low student-to-faculty ratios and small class sizes contribute to personalized attention and collaborative creative work.
UAA Department of Art

Art bachelor’s degree program highlights

The Bachelor of Arts in art program at the University of Alaska Anchorage offers many opportunities to turn your creative interests into a passion for art and design.
  • Work with a variety of materials and technologies. The UAA Fine Arts Building offers nine specialty art studios equipped with the most up-to-date iMac computers, 3-D printers, a CNC router, a combined traditional press and digital printmaking software.
  • Receive instruction and mentoring from active and accomplished artists. Program faculty and instructors have built their artistic careers in and outside of Alaska. Recently, they have exhibited work in the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Schaller Gallery in St. Joseph, Michigan. And, they have completed residencies all over the world, from Cleveland, Ohio, to Jingdezhen, China.
  • Gain first-hand experience through internships and study abroad. Some undergraduate students have spent a semester studying art and art history in Italy, and many complete internships on and off campus. For example, art majors have been hired by UAA Student Life and Leadership as well as Student Clubs and Greek Life. They have also interned with the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and the municipality of Anchorage’s 1% for Art program.
  • Get involved in the UAA and Anchorage art and design communities. Student clubs fund visiting professors and artists, host classes, curate exhibitions and send participants to conferences and workshops. You can also take part in service learning projects incorporated into classes and activities. For example, art majors contributed to the tobacco-free campus initiative, painted a mural on Gorsuch Commons, developed programming for the Boys & Girls Clubs Alaska, and taught education workshops at the Anchorage Museum.
  • Advance art and design with independent studies and undergraduate research. Students have participated in week-long landscape painting workshops in Denali National Park taught by renowned Alaskan painter David Mollet and hosted by the Alaska Geographic Society. A UAA art student recently completed a workshop on design and marketing taught by internationally known designer Molly Hatch at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Montana.

Amazing stories from art majors

The UAA arts program has afforded me with the opportunity to explore my creative process. Regardless of your focus, you will take multiple art courses in varied media with highly skilled professors. This helped me to find an art form that I am passionate about while also exploring other media.

Deborah Schwartzkopf
B.A. Art ’02
Students looking at art in the Kimura Gallery

Student work is featured through invitational and juried exhibitions in the Hugh McPeck Gallery. Work from local, national and international artists is featured in the Kimura and Arc Galleries.

A student explaining their painting

Nationally and internationally renowned artists visit UAA to teach workshops, demonstrate creative techniques, critique student work and present lectures.

Art bachelor’s degree program curriculum

With a focus on community engagement and service, UAA’s Bachelor of Art in art degree encourages independent thinking, critical thinking and problem solving within historical and cultural contexts. Classes combine studio coursework with art and design history, art education, professional practices and general studies for a strong liberal arts education.

What’s the difference between a Bachelor of Arts in art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts?
In contrast to UAA’s B.F.A. program, the Bachelor of Art in art degree is less art-intensive, with fewer studio courses and more elective courses. The B.A. in art program also excludes the third-year application process and thesis writing and exhibition, offering more flexible coursework options.

Top classes for art majors

  • Open the gateway to a design career in Beginning Graphic Design.
  • Learn indigenous art-making methodologies in Alaska Native Art.
  • Build professional development skills, from writing grant proposals to designing a promotional website in Senior Seminar.