Prescott College’s new BFA program

By Morgan Rosenberger
Staff Writer

For the first time in its history, Prescott College offers a new type of Bachelor’s degree: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).  Now undergraduates have a choice: between the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), which has always been available, and the new BFA.  For those students who choose to pursue the new offering, they may specialize in one of three tracks: Creative Writing, Visual Arts, or Interdisciplinary Arts & Letters.

When asked why the College decided to inaugurate the BFA degree, K.L. (Kenny) Cook, faculty member in Writing and Literature, explained, “In our research, we discovered, because of the way we do competence-based education at Prescott College, that most of our students pursuing the normal 16-course competence were already doing BFA-level work. In fact, we discovered that our normal competence requirements far exceeded the requirements of almost any other BFA in the country, and our practicum courses and ambitious senior projects in the arts were not only meeting or far exceeding the standards of other undergraduate programs but also of many MFA programs. We have launched the BFA in order to give students the degree they have earned.”

If interested in learning more about Prescott College’s BFA opportunities, please contact Cook at kcook@prescott.edu.

This article appeared in the April 2011 print edition of The Raven Review.
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