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. 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 Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Our BFA shares FSU’s mission as a research university cultivating excellence through creative scholarship and innovation in the arts.
2) Complete the Studio Art Checklist on your Status Page
Tell us about your art-making by and refer to works you are presenting in your portfolio. Describe how these works represent your interests (i.e. subjects, ideas, experiences etc.). Include information about what inspires you. Share why you are interested in utilizing certain materials. How have other activities or experiences contributed to the making of your work? Have you been exhibiting your work? You are applying to a studio arts environment; please describe how you imagine this environment will impact your practice. Your Artist Statement should be between 250 to 500 words and constructed with the utmost care, paying specific attention to grammar and spelling.
Please submit 15 to 20 images of your recent artwork to be reviewed by our Art faculty. Your portfolio should represent your ideas and highlight your interests and conceptual abilities. It should demonstrate your technical skills and individual expression. You may include a variety of media of at least two or more of the following: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, installation, ceramics, photography, digital media, typography, illustration, design work. Assignment-based work may be included but we would also like to see personal artwork that has been initiated by you. Each work should include the following information: title of work & date, the medium of the work, the size of the work, and any additional information you wish to include. Example: The Starry Night, 1889 Oil on Canvas 73.7 cm x 92.1 cm (29 in x 36¼ in).
Please allow some time for your documents to be marked as received.
3) Check your Status
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.