Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (BFA)

Painting students working together in studio

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Art program encourages students to concentrate their efforts in the studio arts. Students who exhibit the potential for success through strong coursework in the first two years of their pre-B.F.A. study are encouraged to submit an application and portfolio for admission into the B.F.A. program during their junior year. Admission into the B.F.A. program is a selective process, requiring acceptance by both the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Department of Art B.F.A. Committee.

A student must choose a primary studio area of concentration and a secondary studio area of emphasis. A primary studio area of concentration is defined by a student completing a minimum of 15 credits or more within a specific area of study. A secondary studio area of emphasis is defined by a student completing 9-12 credits within a specific area of study.

B.F.A. candidates are expected to devote a large measure of time to studio work as they plan for a professional life in art. The B.F.A. program provides the candidate with many opportunities for interaction with the department faculty and fellow B.F.A. students, encouraging close working relationships and mentorships. A written thesis and exhibition at the Kimura Gallery in the Fine Arts Building culminates the completion of the program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a B.F.A. in Art will be able to demonstrate:

  • Mastery of techniques, composition, and the use of materials to express ideas in a cohesive body of work.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of contemporary and historical contexts in the visual arts.
  • Critical thinking, writing, and research skills in the discovery of original approaches to creative problem solving.
  • Effective professional skills to be a practicing artist as applied to art proposals, exhibitions, and business matters.

BFA Handbook

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