BFA in Studio Art

Entrance Application and Review Information

Applications will be due Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4pm.  These will be placed on the cork boards outside of the Department of Art office (220 FAB).

The BFA Studio Entrance review will be held Friday, March 4th 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.

An information session will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:15pm in FAB249.

Degree Information

The 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 Art 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

*The focus area requirement applies to all undergraduate art majors entering the Department of Art Summer C 2012 or later.

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

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: Spring 2016 BFA Studio Application now available!

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.

BA students must maintain a minimum GPA per University requirements. If a BA 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.