Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Kathmandu University

Kathmandu University

Humanities and Social Sciences

4 year(s)

Bachelor of Fine Arts BFA degree of Kathmandu University is designed to prepare students for careers in their preferred creative discipline or for succeeding in master programs.

The BFA course offers major in either Graphic Communication or Studio Art. The total number of credits for the entire BFA course is 139.

The BFA course is divided into eight semesters and the total duration of the course is 4 years. Every year is divided into 2 semesters. The first semester is August-January and the second semester is February-July.

Students earn a BFA degree in Graphic Communication or Studio Art after completion of 4-year, 8-semesters course with 139 credits.

Admission criteria

When can I enroll for BFA course?

You should enroll before September for this course. Application will be available during the last week of July and Entrance Test is usually scheduled for mid-August. You will be provided with detail information when you submit your application form.

How long is the class duration?

Our class starts at 7:30am and ends at 4:30pm in the afternoon. The theory classes are generally 90 mins long while practical classes are 4-6 hours long depending upon class schedules.

Do I need to have prior knowledge of Art before I enter for this course?

Not necessarily. Since the course is designed for the very beginners, you can enroll without any prior knowledge of Art. However your previous knowledge could be beneficial if you have any.

What do I need to prepare for the entrance test?

Our entrance test is designed in such a manner that it will project your ability and inquisitiveness for the course. We seek your aptitude in English language, sculpture and drawing. The interview is generally very friendly with our faculty members who look forward to your honest participation. 


Plus 2 / Intermediate / A level or equivalent degree from the institutes recognized by Kathmandu University is mandatory to join the course

Curricular structure

Program Format:

  • Foundation: BFA First / Second Years
  • Specialization: BFA Third / Fourth Years

Students choose either Graphic Communication or Studio Art in Third Year with one Elective courses from Illustration, Photography or Extra Traditional Art Practice.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Studio Art

After two years of exploratory studios in various areas of arts in the Foundation years, students motivated to start a career as professional artists opt for BFA Studio Art from 3RD Year onward. Throughout the Specialization years, the Studio Art provides an in-depth investigation and knowledge into the advanced level of drawing, painting and other forms of art practices. During this two years (four Semesters) of BFA Studio Art, students will be encouraged to explore different visual media to match their imagination. Students choose Illustration, Photography or Extra Traditional Art Practice as an Elective course. In the final semester, students work on their final independent projects to put a group show.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Graphic Communication 

After the two foundation years  of exploratory art studios, students who wish to start a career as creative professionals in arts opt for BFA Graphic Communication from 3rd year onward. 

BFA Graphic Communication is designed for developing the clarity of concepts, strategies and responsibilities for powerful design sense. A larger focus is given to the development and production of various print-designs. Newly introduced Design Studio courses intend to provide experimental and exploratory approach towards other avenues of design industry. Students choose Illustration, Photography or Extra Traditional Art Practice as an Elective course. In the final semester, students work on their independent projects to put a group show and undertake internship professional organizations.