Visual Arts

Many forms of expression, several options of work

Production, research and teaching

The Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts prepares students for production, research, critique and teaching of visual arts, aiming at the development of perception, reflection and creative potential within the visual thought.  The Teaching degree forms teachers capable of producing and mediating art and teaching in a critical and conscious way and also capable of working in public and private educational institutions, from elementary to high school. At the same time, this degree forms researchers and artists committed with their society and to the artistic production in diverse contexts and cultural spaces.

The Teaching degree traditionally focuses on instructing teachers to provide formal education; however, new opportunities are opened to professionals in this area. On the other hand, informal education appears as a new challenge to future teachers. Nowadays, apart from teaching, graduates in Visual Arts may act as tutors/mediators in museum exhibitions and art galleries as organizers of events and cultural projects, cultural producers in ateliers and art teachers in NGOs.  

A new repertory and competences, allied to new technologies and visual arts in new means and supports are needed in addition to concepts related to the formation of ethical and ecological values, which enable the transit of citizens in this globalized universe.

Visual artists can work in areas of expressive, representational, projecting, or symbolic production, in a wide and contemporary sense; in areas of historical, theoretical and critical reflection about this production; and also in the preservation of visual art works.

Therefore, the work field for visual artists includes all areas where expression, representation and projecting consciousness prevail in order to find solutions for cultural and social problems.

The Teaching degree course in Visual Arts, in Bauru, occurs during the night period. The BA program is offered in the night period during the first two years and it is full-time in the last two.

In the Arts Institute, in the Sao Paulo campus, both the Teaching and Bachelor’s degrees offer courses where  students are encouraged to participate in tutoring, scientific initiation programs, teaching nucleus, research groups, and extension and entrepreneurship activities. Some of these projects are granted scholarships. From the second year and on, students may participate in partnerships with other public state universities and international institutions.

During the program, practical notions of artistic experimentation and to the teaching and learning of arts are addressed from a theoretical, historical and critical approach. Artistic production is part of the courses on traditional arts – drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and carving – and emerging arts – photograph, cinema, animation, television, video, graphic and industrial design, multimedia, web art, installation art, sound sculpture, performance art and body arts.

The ability section on the entrance exam   has questions about observation and creativity drawing, as well as questions about art history (mostly of twentieth and twenty first centuries) and theory of visual language.   

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Bauru Full-time 40 (B/T) 4 years
São Paulo Day 40 (B/T) 4 years


Faculdade de Arquitetura, Artes e Comunicação - FAAC
Address: Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 1401
Bauru – SP – CEP 17033-360
Phone (55) 14 3103-6000
Fax Number: (55) 14 3103-6051


Instituto de Artes - IA

Address: Rua Dr Bento Teobaldo Ferraz, 271
District: Barra Funda
01140-070 - São Paulo, SP
Phone: (11) 3393-8546

Translation: Andressa Ribeiro do Amaral