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BFA in Studio Art

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. 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.

Admissions Information & Requirements


Apply as a freshman if you are currently in high school, even if taking college courses. If you are enrolled in a dual-enrollment program and anticipate having enough college credits to earn an associate’s degree, you are also required to apply as a freshman.

Freshman Application Deadline for Fall/Summer 2021

December 1, 2020

How to Apply

1) Start your Florida State University Application

  • Select “Studio Art” as your intended major
    2) Complete the Studio Art Checklist on your Status Page

  • Submit your Studio Art Supplemental Application by selecting “Studio Art (BFA)” as your intended degree track and answering the corresponding questions that appear afterward.
  • Once your Studio Art Supplemental Application has been received, you will be able to upload the following required documents:
    Artist Statement
    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

  • Log on to the Application Status Check regularly to monitor the status of your application materials.
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    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:
      • ART 3930 BFA Art Fundamentals
      • ART 4801 BFA All Media Critique
      • ART 4970 BFA Thesis
    • twelve (12) credit hours of art history, which includes  ARH2050, ARH2051

    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