BFA Degrees

BFA Degree: Take Yourself One Step Further

The BFA degree provides a studio-intensive education and prepares students for entry into professional practice or further advanced study upon graduation. If you’re interested in pursuing an intensive study in fine arts, you can complete a degree in four years.

The BFA is offered in Art with a concentration or in Art & Technology. A concentration is focused study in a particular media area. As a BFA student, you may declare a concentration in either Ceramics, Fibers, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture.

As a BFA student, you will synthesize an individual approach to making and thinking through:

  • Seminars on specific media areas and on art theory
  • Independent studies
  • Interdisciplinary critique colloquia
  • History of art and architecture courses

You will work intensively in your studio to develop an independent body of work culminating in the BFA terminal project exhibition in the spring term of your senior year. Critical insights from faculty members help you to develop mature personal work responsive to the issues defining the field today.

You can apply for admission to the BFA program after completing the following Core courses:

  1. ART 115 Surface, Space and Time
  2. ART 116 Core Interdisciplinary Laboratory
  3. One course for the BFA in Art or two courses for the BFA in Art & Technology from the following:
  • ARTD 250 Print Media Digital Arts
  • ARTD 251 Time-based Digital Arts
  • ARTD 252 Interactive Digital Arts

You must be in good academic standing and meet the minimum GPA requirements of 2.75 Cumulative UO and 3.0 in Major Classes. The application process is competitive and includes a portfolio review.


Degree Requirements

BFA in Art with a concentration:

  • 108 total credits in the major
  • Core Studio ART 115, ART 116, ART 233, and ART 333
  • ARTD 250, ARTD 251, or ARTD 252
  • Six History of Art and Architecture courses
  • Fall course, Issues & Practices
  • Winter course, Critique Colloquium
  • BFA Terminal Creative Project credits
  • Upper-division studio credit selected from advanced studios
  • Senior Thesis Year Requirements:
    • Issues & Practices, fall term
    • BFA Critique, winter term
    • Advanced/capstone course in area of concentration
    • Terminal Creative Thesis


BFA in Art & Technology:

  • 118 total credits in the major
  • Core Studio ART 115, ART 116, and ART 233
  • ARTD 250, ARTD 251, and ARTD 252
  • Six History of Art and Architecture courses
  • Issues & Practices, fall/winter/spring
  • BFA Terminal Creative Project credits
  • Upper-division studio credit selected from advanced studios
  • Senior Thesis Year Requirements:
    • Issues & Practices, fall/winter/spring
    • 400-level advanced coursework
    • Terminal Creative Thesis


General Education Requirements for the BFA Degree:

  • 36 credits of UO Gen Ed group-satisfying courses
  • 8 credits (2 courses) of multicultural courses
  • Language or Math/Science Requirements:
    • Two courses, WR 121 and either WR 122 or 123 (or equivalents), passed with grades of C minus or better, or P, are required for all undergraduate degrees
    • One year of college-level second language (or equivalent proficiency) or one year of college-level math/CIS (or equivalent proficiency)

 

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