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BFA in Studio Art

Entrance Application and Review Information

Applications are due Friday, October 6th at 4:00pm.  Application forms are located on the cork boards outside of the Department of Art office (220 FAB); there is also a downloadable PDF version below.

Eligibility: Application is open to all currently enrolled BA Studio Art students. Students must have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA in studio art courses and must have all Foundations courses completed (or completed in the semester of applying), no exceptions. It is strongly advised that students apply prior to reaching 90 hours. Any students over 90 hours should be advised by the BFA advisor before applying.

The BFA Studio Entrance review will be held Friday, October 13 from 12:30pm-3:00pm in the Fine Arts Building.  Students must set up their portfolios between 8:30 and 11:45am and take down their works between 3:30 and 5pm.  Students must check in with the Department of Art office (220 FAB) that morning for room assignments. Please read the guidelines sheet for more information on setup.

An information session will be held on Wednesday, September 13th at 3:45pm in FAB249.

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Degree Information

ABC1The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art is a one hundred-twenty (120) credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and harness the ability to make sound artistic decisions. The BFA in Studio Art is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. This program is only available to FSU art students.

Accepted students will have the opportunity to request personal studio space in the BFA Warehouse, where they can exhibit their work in a public gallery space. Additionally, graduating BFA seniors exhibit their work at FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts (MOFA) in their last semester.

Program Requirements

To receive a degree in BFA Studio Art, students must successfully complete one hundred-twenty (120) credit hours. Students must also remain in the program for three semesters and pass three semesterly portfolio reviews, culminating in an advancement review and graduation exhibition. The credit hours will be divided between:

  • sixteen (16) credit hours in Foundations courses
  • thirty-six (36) credit hours in liberal studies
  • fifty-one (51) credit hours of studio art courses including completion of one focus area, the completion of a second focus area is encouraged.  Students must declare their focus area by the time they reach 90 credit hours*.
  • twelve (12) credit hours of art history (ARH3056, ARH3057, and two elected courses)
  • at least five (5) credit hours in electives

Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from the foreign language requirement. The BFA advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Program Information

3D printing of archaeological artifacts to display in an upcoming exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts. Christina Cha, a PhD student in Classical Archeology, sands some of the 3D printed replicas.

Upon completion of the sixteen (16) credit hours of Foundations courses, students may apply to the BFA in Studio Art program. Students are required to have a C- or above in all foundation requirements. Download the application below. In order to apply, it is recommended that students have a full-time faculty review their best work and sign the student’s BFA application form. If a student has not worked with any full-time faculty, the student can request a review and signature from adjunct instructors.  A faculty’s signature on your BFA Studio application form serves as a vote of confidence that the faculty member believes your work is strong enough and that you are ready to apply to the program. Students will then present their portfolios for faculty review in spaces allocated in the Fine Arts Building. Review the application below and check the BFA bulletin board located outside the main art office (220 FAB) for more information, including application deadlines and portfolio review locations.  More detailed information regarding the entrance reviews is in the BFA Studio Handbook, available as a pdf at the bottom of the page.

NEW: Fall 2017 BFA Studio Application now available!
Fall 2017 BFA Entrance Application

Academic Performance and Retention

The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art major students at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made. Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D–, D, D+) in studio art or design courses taken for college credit at Florida State University or elsewhere will not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a major in studio art or design. Courses in which a grade below the minimum is received may only be repeated once.

BFA students must maintain a minimum GPA per University requirements. If a BFA student’s GPA falls below the minimum, s/he is placed on probation for the following semester. If the student’s grade or GPA remains below the minimum standards by the end of the probationary semester, s/he is dismissed from the Department of Art.