The primary focus of the BFA is to give students who are committed to becoming contemporary artists an opportunity to immerse themselves in advanced studio experience and prepare a solid portfolio should they continue on to graduate school.
Prior to declaring the BFA major, students must apply to the program by submitting a portfolio spring quarter of their junior year. Once accepted, students declare the BFA major and complete the program fall, winter and spring quarter of their senior year.
Students interested in the BFA should consult with a faculty advisor prior to the application deadline.
The BFA students who are selected for this program are students who not only exhibit artistic and scholarly promise, but also evidence positive group interactions, are able to accept/provide feedback about personal artwork, and exhibit an independent work ethic. Faculty also consider if applicants participate in art-related activities outside of the classroom as well as the perceived benefit of the degree to the student; what are his/her future goals and how will a BFA help the student? Each BFA cohort is voted into existence by a 2/3 vote from full-time art faculty members in all programs (art education, art history and studio art).