Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a professionally oriented program designed to prepare students for careers in art. Enrollment in the BFA program is recommended only for those students willing to make the considerable commitment of time and energy necessary to achieve professional competence in their primary area of studio emphasis. Students desiring to enter the BA program should request a copy of the current program policy from the Department.



Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Programs Admission Requirements. Admission into the BFA program, withdrawal from it, and granting of the degree are done at the discretion of the BFA Committee. Students admitted into the BFA program must complete a minimum of 24 Art credits (upper or lower division courses) in residence at UAA after acceptance into the BFA program. Transfer Students need a minimum of 12 resident Art credits that must be completed in the primary area of studio emphasis, and a minimum of 3 resident Art credits completed in the secondary area of studio emphasis.

Applicants for admission into the BFA program must meet the following minimum requirements:

1.Applicants must have been officially admitted to UAA as a declared pre-major in the BFA program.

2.Applicants must have completed all lower division Art major courses in the Foundation Core and the Beginning Studio categories required for the BFA degree.

3.Applicants must have been enrolled at UAA for at least one semester prior to application to the full major status in the BFA program.

4.Applicants must meet minimum academic GPA requirements of: 2.5 overall coursework and 3.00 overall Art coursework.



All materials must be submitted to the Department of Art at least two weeks prior to the BFA Committee's scheduled application review:

1.Application for admission into the BFA program.

2.Letter of intent stating objectives and qualifications in relation to either the BA in Art or BFA in Art degree programs.

3.Copies of all college transcripts.

4.A "Projected Plan of Study" signed by the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advisor for the Fine Arts area.

5.Portfolio of 15-20 pieces of studio work in primary and secondary concentrations showing technical skills, design abilities, and a potential for developing a conceptual vision. Applicants must submit work for consideration in digital formats (preferred) or slides. Applications will be reviewed only in the fall semester.

Admission decisions are determined by a consensus of BFA Committee members in October.



To graduate with a BFA in Art students must have met the following GPA requirements:

1.A minimum overall major GPA of 3.00 in the major.

2.A minimum GPA of 3.50 in the primary area of studio emphasis.

3.A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all university coursework.



The progress of all BFA candidates will be reviewed a minimum of once a semester by the BFA Committee.

Thesis Project and Capstone Course

With approval, upon completion of all studio courses in the student's primary and secondary areas of emphasis, BFA candidates will enroll in ART A491 Senior Seminar offered fall semesters only, and ART A499 Thesis offered spring semesters only. ART A491 meets the capstone requirement for the GER. Students enrolled in the BFA program must submit their thesis proposal for approval during the fall semester of the academic year. Once the BFA Committee has reviewed and accepted the thesis proposals, candidates will be granted permission to register for ART A499 Thesis. During ART A499 Thesis students will complete a body of work that will culminate in a formal exhibition. BFA students enrolled in ART A499 Thesis will meet with the BFA Committee a minimum of twice a semester.

The BFA Committee's evaluation of the student's thesis project will be based on content, presentation and the degree of success in visual realization of the written proposal. At least 10 slides or digital images of the student's thesis will be furnished to the Department of Art. These images must be acceptable to the BFA Committee and will become the property of the Department of Art. The slides or digital images must be received by the department before a grade for ART A499 Thesis is awarded.

Exhibitions and Presentations

BFA candidates will generally participate in the BFA Group Show to be held in the Kimura Gallery. All aspects of the thesis exhibition must be approved by the BFA Committee. Works will be selected by the BFA Committee. The BFA Group Show will be held during the spring semester each year. Graduating BFA students are invited, but not required, to donate one work of art to UAA's permanent collection. Acceptance of donated student work is left to the discretion of the BFA Committee. Prior to completing all BFA requirements, the student is responsible for submitting an Application for Graduation to obtain the degree.



Students must complete the following graduation requirements:

A. General University Requirements

Complete the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees in the front of this chapter.

B. General Education Requirements

Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

C. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

There are no additional college requirements for the BFA degree.

D. Major Requirements

Complete the following required Art courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the major and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 in the primary area of studio emphasis. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all university coursework is required to graduate. A maximum of 84 credits in Art may be applied toward the degree.


Foundation Core Courses (24 credits)

1. Complete the following core courses:

ART A105 Beginning Drawing (3)

ART A111 Two-Dimensional Design (3)

ART A112 Color Design (3)

ART A113 Three-Dimensional Design (3)

ART A205 Intermediate Drawing (3)

ART A261 History of Western Art I (3)

ART A262 History of Western Art II (3)

ART A307 Life Drawing and Composition I (3)


Beginning Studio Electives (9 credits)

2. Choose one course from the two-dimensional list and one course from the three-dimensional list, and one course from either list to total 9 credits:

Two-Dimensional Area: (3-6)

ART A212 Beginning Watercolor (3)

ART A213 Beginning Painting (3)

ART A215 Beginning Printmaking (3)

ART A224 Beginning Photography (3)

ART A252 Beginning Graphic Design and Illustration (3)

ART A257 Digital Art and Design I (3)

ART A271 Beginning Surface Design (3)

ART A273 Beginning Woven Forms (3)

Three-Dimensional Area: (3-6)

ART A201 Beginning Handbuilt Ceramics (3)

ART A202 Beginning Wheelthrown Ceramics (3)

ART A209 Beginning Metalsmithing and Jewelry (3)

ART A211 Beginning Sculpture (3)

ART A272 Beginning Fiber Structures (3)

Art History (9 credits)


3. Select three courses from the following: (9 credits)

ART A360A History of Non-Western Art I (3)

ART A360B History of Non-Western Art II (3)

ART A361 History of Graphic Design (3)

ART A362 History of Modern Art (3)

ART A363 History of Contemporary Art (3)

ART A364 Italian Renaissance Art (3)

ART A366 Asian Art (3)

ART A367 History of Photography (3)

ART A492 Art History Seminar (3)


Primary Studio Concentration (18 credits)

Select Primary and Secondary Studio Concentrations from the following: Ceramics, Drawing, Digital Art and Graphic Design, Fibers, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture

4. Select a primary studio concentration from the list above and complete the following studio courses in the same concentration:

200 level Beginning studio course (3)

Note: Students must choose a beginning course in their emphasis.

Exception: students with a drawing concentration may choose from any 200 level two-dimensional class listed under Beginning Studio Electives.

300 level Intermediate studio course (6)

400 level Advanced studio course (6)


5.Select a support course from following (3 credits): (3)

ART A390 Selected Topics in Studio Art (3)

ART A490 Selected Topics in Studio Art (3)

ART A498 Individual Research (1-3)

or other by permission of advisor


Secondary Studio Concentration (9 credits)

Select a secondary studio concentration from the list and complete the following studio courses in the same concentration:

200 level Beginning studio course (3)

Note: Must be other than a course selected to fill the beginning studio electives listed above.

300 level Intermediate studio course (3)


7.Select a support course from following (3 credits): (3)

300 level Intermediate studio course (3)

400 level Advanced studio course (3)

ART A390 Selected Topics in Studio Art (3)

ART A490 Selected Topics in Studio Art (3)

ART A498 Individual Research (1-3)


Thesis Requirements (6 credits)

8. Complete the following courses:

ART A491 Senior Seminar (fall semesters only) (3)

ART A499 Thesis (spring semesters only) (3)


Additional Requirements (12 credits)

9. ART A203 Introduction to Art Education (3)

10. PHIL A401 Aesthetics (3)

11. Art electives (6 credits) (6)

Complete 6 credits of electives selected from art history, art education or art studio courses.



O: Semester due to scheduling methods

X: Indicates the semester when the 1 credit Natural Science laboratory course might be taken.

12.A total of 121 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division. A total of 84 credits in ART may be applied to the degree.