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BFA in Studio Art

BFA Program Director: Denise Bookwalter

Degree Information

Elton Burgest (BFA 2018), “By Standard,” Digital, 2018

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art seeks to develop in students an informed personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, the ability to apply critical and reflective skills to their practice and in their research, and the ability to make sound artistic decisions within the appropriate contextual and cultural arena. Students are allocated a personal studio in which they experiment, develop techniques and processes to create individual art practices. By the end of the program students will demonstrate their technical, conceptual and creative skills to produce and exhibit innovative and effective bodies or artwork in their media focus areas. This is a great choice for students who want to have a career as an artist.

Acceptance into the BFA in Studio Art is gained through an application and selection process. It is a 120-credit hour limited access program that offers students an intensive studio art environment, theoretical knowledge, and professional skills. The BFA degree in studio art requires that at least 65 percent, or two thirds, of the total course credit for the degree be taken in the creation and study of art and design, and that it is supported by general study in the liberal arts. The BFA degree also requires the completion of two focus areas. Focus area details are located in the Undergraduate Programs drop-down menu.

Our unique program offers specialized coursework, 24/7 access to art studios at The Carnaghi Arts Building (CAB), opportunities for gallery exhibition in the BFA-run Phyllis Straus Gallery, faculty review of artworks, and access to the Lightbox a photographic lighting studio and BFA computer labs. Additionally, graduating BFA seniors submit upon acceptance to exhibit their thesis work at one of Florida State University’s galleries.

Our BFA shares FSU’s mission as a research university cultivating excellence through creative scholarship and innovation in the arts.

Admissions Information & Requirements


Freshman Transfer Current FSU Students

Degree Requirements

Tselote Holley (BFA 2018), “Foreshadowed Deaths,” 48×60 inches, Acrylic, oil, spray paint, glitter, and paper on canvas, 2018

  • sixteen (16) credit hours in Foundations courses through course credit or faculty approval
  • thirty-six (36) credit hours in liberal studies
  • fifty-two (52) credit hours of studio art which must include the following:
    • Completion of two focus areas
    • ART 3930 BFA Art Fundamentals
    • ART 4801 BFA All Media Critique
    • ART 4970 BFA Thesis
  • twelve (12) credit hours of art history

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


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Notable BFA Alumni

Sophia Baldwin (BFA 2019). From the the 27th annual University Student Exhibition, Atlantic Center for the Arts