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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

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  • Freshman admission applications must be completed by the extended deadline of December 1st for admission for the following Fall admission cycle.
  • External Transfer admission applications must be completed by March 1st for Summer admission and June 1st for Fall admission.

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Admission Requirements

Freshman and Transfer applicants who wish to apply for the BFA Studio Art major apply through the University’s admissions portal and are required to complete a Supplemental Application when applying to the University.

Current BA Studio Art [after Fall 2019] and other majors applying for BFA Studio Art are required to submit a supplemental application.

The Supplemental Application includes:

  • Portfolio: Between 15 and 20 images of your recent art work to be reviewed by faculty in the Department of Art. Your portfolio should represent your ideas, highlight your interests and conceptual abilities. It should demonstrate your technical skills and your individual expression. Include a variety of media, at least two or more of the following: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, installation, ceramics, photography, digital media, typography, illustration, design work. You can include assignment-based work but we would also like to see personal work that has been initiated by you.
  • Artist Statement: An artist statement of not more that 400 words that describes your influences, your subject matter and why you work in certain mediums. Describe one of your personal artworks telling us why you made it and the decisions that led you to complete it. Don’t forget to tell us who your favorite artist/s is and why.


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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