General Questions

Why is Gnomon getting a BFA?
Gnomon is launching a BFA to benefit students by providing a broader education, while still supporting our mission to prepare students for careers in the entertainment industry.
What is the difference between the vocational programs and the BFA?
The BFA is a four-year, generalist degree program with specialized electives and general education courses. The 2-year and 3-year vocational programs are certificate granting, and include five areas of emphasized study.
What is the tuition amount for the BFA?
The tuition for the BFA will be roughly equivalent to that of our 3-year, vocational Entertainment Design and Digital Production Program. For tuition information, please view our tuition page .
What is the class capacity for courses in the BFA program?
Gnomon caps classroom size at 18 students for all courses.
Can I complete the BFA in fewer than 4 years?
Potentially, yes. Students who wish to waive their summer break to expedite their program will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on transfer of credit and satisfactory academic progress.
What is the length of a term within the BFA?
As with all current programs at Gnomon, each term within the BFA will be 10-weeks in duration, plus an additional week for makeup classes. Terms occur in quarters: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. For more details, please view our academic calendar.
Is there a minimum number of units I have to take each term?
Depending on your student status (part time, full time, etc.), the minimum units per term is 6. Keep in mind that enrolling in the minimum number of units per term may affect your ability to complete the program within the mandated amount of time (150% of four years per the Satisfactory Academic Policy).
I would like a degree but I’m more job focused. Will Gnomon still offer placement help?
Of course! Per our mission, we remain committed to preparing students for successful careers in the entertainment industry.

Admissions & Financial Aid

When can I apply to the BFA program?
Gnomon is currently accepting applications for students looking to start the program in the Fall 2017 term or beyond. For more information, please contact our Admissions office or click here to apply.
How do I know if my portfolio is good enough to apply?
Our Admissions team is available to conduct preliminary portfolio reviews to help you determine if you’re ready to apply. You are welcome to give us a call to schedule an appointment, or send an email to to get started.
How often is Gnomon admitting students to the BFA program?
We will continue to have rolling admissions every term.
Can I transfer courses from other schools into the BFA program?
Gnomon will assess all transfer of credit on a case-by-case basis. It may be possible to apply some potential transfer of credit depending on the course and the grade received. Transfer credit must be determined and awarded prior to enrolling at Gnomon. It is recommended that you speak with an admissions advisor for more information on transferring credit.
Will Gnomon accept AP scores for credit?
Gnomon will consider AP scores of 4 or 5 for credit for general education classes only. AP Studio art credits will not be considered.
If I already have a degree, can I still apply?
Of course!
Is financial aid available for students in the BFA?
Yes. Gnomon is approved by the US Department of Education to offer financial aid, including Federal Pell Grants, Work-Study, Direct Loans, and Parent PLUS Loans to those who qualify. For more information, please contact
I already have a bachelor’s degree. Can I still get financial aid?
It depends on your unique situation. For more information, we recommend speaking to our Financial Aid Office.
Is the BFA program available for international students?
Unfortunately, no. At this time, Gnomon is unable to accept international applicants to the BFA program. For more information, please contact our Admissions department at
When can I visit campus?
We offer a monthly Open House, which is a great opportunity to tour our campus, speak with Admissions representatives, and learn more about the Entertainment industry and our educational options. You can view our open house schedule for more details. If you are unable to attend, you can set up a personal tour and appointment by contacting our Admissions department at, or by calling during business hours.