BFA Degrees

BFA Degree: Take Yourself One Step Further

Our bachelor of fine art (BFA) degree is a rigorous professional baccalaureate degree, which requires an additional fifth year of studio-intensive, independent work. The program builds on the understanding and abilities gained over the previous four years in the BA or BS curriculum.

The BFA degree is offered as a concentration in one of our eight media areas:

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

  • Medium-specific seminars
  • Independent studies
  • Interdisciplinary critique colloquia
  • History of art and architecture courses
  • Art theory seminars

You will work intensively in your studios to develop an independent body of work culminating in the BFA terminal project exhibition in the spring term. 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 in a particular media area in the last term of your fourth year of study. If you are working across more than one media area, then you may complete the degree in Art, with sponsorship from faculty members in more than one area.

The application process is competitive and includes a portfolio review. Students who have completed a comparable four-year degree in art at another institution may be admitted to the BFA program. Such candidates must satisfy the university’s 45-credit residence requirement.

Degree Requirements

You must complete the five-year program with a total of 108 credits in art (a total of 220 university credits), including satisfaction of the requirements listed and the general-university requirements for the BA or BS degree.

In addition to the requirements listed for the BA/BS degree, students must complete:

  • A total of 108 credits in the major, 40 additional credits
  • Three additional History of Art and Architecture courses for a total of six courses, 12 credits
  • One course from Issues & Practices in a media area, 3 credits (ARTC, ARTF, ARTM, ARTO, ARTP, ARTR or ARTS 490)
  • One course from ART 412 BFA Critique Colloquium, 3 credits
  • BFA Terminal Creative Project credits in the appropriate media area, 6 credits (ARTC, ARTF, ARTM, ARTO, ARTP, ARTR, ARTS 409)
  • Upper-division studio credits selected from advanced methodologies studios, seminars, or independent studies, 16 credits