Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art provides an extensive, well-rounded, performance-oriented background which prepares students for a professional life in fine arts and post graduate study. The degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work.

To obtain the BFA, students complete requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, achieve candidacy in the BFA program, and complete the following:

Degree Requirements

Art History additional requirement (3 hrs.)

Selected from elective courses.

BFA Sequence (12-15 hrs.)

ART 4320BFA Independent Study I

3 credits

ART 4330BFA Independent Study II

3 credits

ART 4340BFA Independent Study III

3 credits

ART 4420BFA Thesis

3 credits

ART 4920Art in Theory and in Practice since 1900

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12-15

ART 4340: if required bymidterm review

To achieve candidacy into the BFA program, students must start by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Must have made significant progress toward completion of University General Education courses including completion of English, Math and Oral Communication requirements.
  2. Successfully complete Art History Core, Art Studio Core I and Art Studio Core II.
  3. Successfully complete advanced courses in one area of concentration.
  4. Achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all art courses and a 3.0 GPA in all courses in the chosen area of concentration.

After meeting these requirements students seeking candidacy must prepare the following:

  1. The BFA application form available from the faculty member coordinating the BFA independent study/thesis course work. The form must contain the student’s name, the student’s ID number, the student’s chosen area of concentration, the student’s signature and area of concentration faculty member’s signature.
  2. Representative sample of studio work in the chosen area of concentration and any related work which demonstrates technical and conceptual abilities. This may be in the form of actual work, slides, photographs and digital files. All materials submitted must be adequately labeled. All slides and/or photographs must be labeled with medium, size, and date of work.
  3. Written statement which addresses the following:
    1. Technical and historical influences
    2. The primary aesthetic and critical concerns of student’s work
    3. The reason for pursuing the BFA degree
    4. Student’s name and mailing address.

After all requirements are confirmed and materials submitted, the Studio Art faculty will review each application and determine admittance into the BFA in

Studio Art program. This process happens once each semester. Deadlines for submission to the BFA in Studio Art degree program will be posted each semester in the Department of Art and Art History. Faculty will review the portfolios and provide written confirmation of the results within two weeks of the review date. A student who has not been accepted into the BFA program may reapply after successful completion of additional studio courses as determined by the reviewing faculty.