BFA in Studio Art

Careers and Creativity

The BFA in Studio Art is a four-year professionally oriented degree designed for students who are planning careers as artists or advanced study.

A diverse and dynamic mixture of stylistic and aesthetic viewpoints among the faculty who teach studio courses challenges Fine Art students to develop their own philosophy and approach to art. Faculty members are practicing artists dedicated to teaching and mentoring. Their goal is to instill every student with the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and art-making skills that foster innovative personal creative expression.

Portfolio Review

A portfolio review is required of all BFA students after they have completed 24 or more credit hours in the major. Application requirements and portfolio guidelines can be found here. Students should consult with their departmental advisors if they have questions.


The B.F.A. degree at Auburn University is defined by a challenging curriculum. B.F.A. students complete 48 hours of studio course work, along with a sequence of four courses in one of five concentrations: painting/drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, or sculpture. In their final semester, these students complete Senior Project, an in-depth study required for the B.F.A. degree. Advanced students are provided individual studio space to encourage a high level of artistic accomplishment.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
ARTS 1510 Looking at Art: Approaches to Interpretation (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1250 Orientation To Studio Art For The Major2
Select one of the following3ARTS 1720 Introduction to Art History II3
ARCH 2600 The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture (Core Fine Arts)
 2-D Studio courses23
MUSI 2730/2737 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1220 3-D Design for Studio Art3
MDIA 2350 Introduction To Film Studies
THEA 2010/2017 Introduction to Theatre (Core Fine Arts)
ARTS 1110 Drawing I3 
ARTS 1210 2-D Design for Studio Art3 
ARTS 1710 Introduction to Art History I3 
 15 14
Core Literature13PHIL 1070 Art, Value, and Society3
ARTS 1730 Introduction to Art History III3ARTS 3140 Advanced Drawing I3
ARTS 3110 Figure Drawing3ARTS 2810 Ceramics I or 3820 Ceramics II3
2-D Studio course232000/3000-level course in Concentration23
ARTS 2510 Introduction to Sculpture3Core History13
 15 15
2000/3000/4000-level Fine Art Studio course23ARTS 2610 Introduction to Digital Art3
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence133000-level Art History course23
3000/4000-level course in Concentration233000/4000-level course in Concentration23
3000/4000-level Fine Art Studio course23Core Science II4
Core Science I4elective3
 16 16
Core Math3Core Social Science3
3000/4000-level Fine Art Studio23ARTS 3800 Issues and Criticism in Contemporary Art3
3000/4000-level ARTS course23ARTS 4850 Professional Studio Practices32
3000/4000-level Studio or Art History course23ARTS 4980 Senior Project for Studio Arts33
Core Social Science3UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.


Students must meet with their advisors for a list of approved courses.


ARTS 4850 fulfills SLO 7.