Department of Art & Art History

BFA in Studio Art

The BFA in Studio Art is a four-year, professionally-oriented program that prepares students for advanced study and careers in the arts. Students select one of five concentrations, undergo a portfolio review their sophomore year, and end their studies with an intensive senior project and public exhibition of work. Advanced students are provided individual studio space to encourage a high level of artistic accomplishment.

Coursework and Concentrations

BFA students complete 48 hours of fundamental studio coursework, along with a sequence of courses in one of five concentrations:

Students also complete additional required courses in Digital Art, Art History, and Issues and Criticism in Contemporary Art.

Note that the Department of Art & Art History is in the process of developing BFA concentrations in Animation and Drawing.  

Portfolio Review

A portfolio review is required of all BFA students after they have completed 21 or more credit hours in the major. Application requirements and portfolio guidelines can be found here. Students should consult with their advisor or a studio art faculty member if they have questions.


BFA students are also encouraged to gain professional experience through internships at local, regional, and national arts institutions. Recently, students in the Department of Art & Art History have been selected for prestigious internships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Phillips Collection, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

BFA Studio Faculty

Annie Campbell

Wendy Deschene
Painting and Drawing

Chuck Hemard

Sara Gevurtz

Sarah Odens
Exhibitions and Lectures

Millian Pham

Kristen Tordella-Williams

Lauren Woods
Drawing and Painting

Additional Resources

Department of Art & Art History Advisors
CLA model of the BFA Curriculum in Art
Department of Art & Art History Courses

Last Updated: May 23, 2022