A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 21, 2018
Bachelor of Fuck All (Bachelor of Fine Arts or BFA backronym)

The “B.F.A.” degree usually stands for “Bachelor of Fine Arts,” but it has been given, by some, the backronym (back acronym) of “Bachelor of Fuck All.” “I recently completed a BFA (bachelor of fuck all)” was posted on the newsgroup rec.photo.darkroom on February 2, 1998. “Bachelor of Fuck All” has been used by many who believe that the B.F.A. hasn’t been useful to their careers.

The Bachelor of Science degree is frequently called B.S. ("bull shit") and the Master of Science degree is called M.S. ("more shit” or “more of the same"), with both referenced in print since at least 1932.

Popular backronyms for the M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) degree include “Massive Bank Account,” “Master Bullshit Artist,” “Mediocre But Aggressive” and “Mediocre But Arrogant.” M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree backronyms include “Money Doctor” and “Much Deeper.”

Ph.D. backronyms include “Papa Has Dough,” “Permanent Head Damage,” “Piled Higher and Deeper,” “Pizza Hut Deliveryman,” “Poor, Hungry and Determined,” “Poor, Hungry Doctor,” “Poor, Hungry and Driven” and “Pretty Huge Debt.”


Google Groups: rec.photo.darkroom
Photo Career&My Dad (Positive&Negitive)
Frank Lemire
2/2/98
(...)
Well, chicknpiza, I recently completed a BFA (bachelor of fuck all) in photography at a university in Canada.  You know what it got me? zilch.

Google Groups: alt.support.childfree
College education and being childfree (was Re: Breeder strains on friendship)
@shaw.wave.ca C & S Marta
3/10/98
(...)
Mine is a BFA (Bachelor of F***-All.)

Google Groups: rec.arts.fine
how commercially viable is a fine arts degree ?
Jenn
2/24/99
I have just finished my degree in Fine Art. I know some people call it a Bachelor of Fuck All.

Urban Dictionary
B.F.A.
Bachelor of Fuck All. A really useless university degree. Originally played on Bachelor of Fine Arts but has grown to encompass any degree that will not prepare you for any known career. i.e. Art History, Silk Screening.
“He’s never going to get hired in business with a B.F.A. from Lower East Overshoe U.”
#bird courses#dog degree#wasted paper#ivy league#summa cum laude
by X. A. Dunn November 14, 2006

Twitter
J
@jeremybank
BFA: ‘we called it Bachelor of Fuck All’ — Neil Pardington
9:18 PM - 13 Oct 2011

Twitter
Delilah Martini
@DelilahMartini
I went to university & got a BFA - bachelor of fuck all. I majored in “never going to class” and minored in “wow, that was expensive”.
3:53 PM - 9 Dec 2011

Twitter
Ana Bollocks
@anabollocks
Replying to @fox_sake
@fox_sake I always say that my BFA stands for Bachelor’s of Fucking Around
9:07 AM - 30 Jan 2015

Google Books
Hen Night:
Cocktails and Confessions

By L.E Zentner
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2016
Pg. ?:
Noah, graduated with a BFA, which Andrew and I tease and call it a Bachelor of Fuck All.

Google Books
Straight to the Head
By Fraser Nixon
Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press
2016
Pg. ?:
She showed up during the last year of my useless Bachelor of Fuck All. Never get an art degree.

Twitter
Smelley SCARE-ohhh
@chocolateyshell
Replying to @cimzim @mermaidentist and 4 others
I have my BFA = Bachelor of Fuck All
10:45 PM - 14 Oct 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Permalink