Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (Studio)2021-07-20T16:48:12+00:00

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (Studio)

Application Deadline for Spring 2022 – October 15, 2021

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art is a professional degree program for artists very seriously interested in the evolution of their artistic expression. This program will require you to contend with yourself as an artist by fostering your dedication, the definition of your point of view, your ideas, and the quality of your ways of expression.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet University minimum admission requirements. Candidates for the BFA in Art are required to submit electronically a portfolio of their works to be reviewed by a departmental committee. The focus of the review will be on quality work, technical ability, and consistency. Not all candidates for the BFA will be accepted. The department utilizes the service for the portfolio submissions.

For transfer students, no more than 60 credits can be transferred into the BFA program.  For current FIU art students who are interested in the BFA program, no more than 60 credits can be earned at the time of application deadline (February 15 for Fall / October 15 for Spring).

Degree Program Hours: 120

Transfer students can verify prerequisites by visiting FIU Transfer and Transition Services – Transfer Guides

For a complete list of requirements and courses, visit: Undergraduate Art + Art History Course Catalog 2021-22

FIU Undergraduate Admissions online visit: Apply to FIU

Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline for Fall Semester – February 15

Application Deadline for Spring Semester – October 15

Portfolio Requirements:

All images submitted must be in 300 dpi jpeg format, and include – title of work, dimensions, medium, date produced.  Portfolios are reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Click here for  BFA-Portfolio-Slide-Sample-Instructions

Portfolio of work – 20 images

Option 1

• 5 images of observational drawings and/or figurative drawings.
• 15 images representing skill and creativity in the applicant’s desired studio focus such as Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics, and Printmaking.

Option 2

• 20 images of applicant’s best artwork representing skill and creativity.

Portfolios are reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Once admission decision is made, applicants will be notified shortly after.

Submit BFA Portfolio via

Academic Standards

To progress into upper-division BFA in Art Major courses, students must complete the four lower division foundation courses (12 credits) with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or greater in two attempts or fewer.

These courses include:

  • ART 1201C 2D Design
  • ART 1203C 3D Design
  • ART 2300C Beginning Drawing
  • ART 2330C Beginning Figure Drawing

Drops after the add/drop period, which result in a DR grade are considered an attempt in the course and count as an unsuccessful enrollment. Students who do not satisfy this requirement will be advised to change major to other degrees such as BA in Art History or BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Common Prerequisite Courses and Equivalencies

FIU Course(s)Equivalent Course(s)
ARH 2050ARHX0507
ARH 2051ARHX051(3, 7)
ART 1203CARTX202 or ARTX203 or ARTXXXX2
ART 2300CARTX300
ART 2330CARTX301 or ARTX3303 or ARTX2054 or ARTX3105 or ARTX3056
  1. 2D
  2. Design II, 3D
  3. Figure drawing
  4. Color, color composition
  5. Intermediate drawing
  6. Observational
  7. All courses except ARHX050 and ARHX051 require a “C” or higher.

Courses which form part of the statewide articulation between the State University System and the Florida College System will fulfill the Lower Division Common Prerequisites. Please visit for a current list of state-approved common prerequisites.

Lower Division Requirements24 Credits
ARH 2050 Art History Survey I3
ARH 2051 Art History Survey II3
ART 1201C 2-D Design3
ART 1203C 3-D Design3
ART 2300C Beginning Drawing3
ART 2300C Beginning Figure Drawing3
Studio Electives6

Upper Division Requirements60 Credits
ARH 4450 Modern Art3
ARH 4470 Contemporary Art – GL3
Art History Electives6
ART 3820 Research & Development – GL3
ART 3822 Creative Practice3
ART 4952C Thesis I3
ART 4953C Thesis II3
Studio Electives27
Advisor Approved Electives9

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Art + Art History or the FIU Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

Department of Art + Art History
Florida International University
VH 216, Modesto A. Maidique Campus – Miami, Florida 33199
Tel: (305)-348-2897

Maida Purdy

Academic Advisor III

Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-7500

Lauren Gentile

Lauren Gentile

Academic Advisor II

Department of Art + Art History

Office: 305-348-7500

FIU Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Florida International University
P.O. Box 659003, Miami, Florida 33265
Tel: (305)-348-2363