Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art2023-05-01T18:21:01+00:00


Bachelors of Fine Arts in Arts – Studio

A Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Art Studio is a professional degree program for artists 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.

Spring 24 – September 1


Degree Program Hours: 120

FIU Undergraduate Admissions: Apply Online

Prerequisite info FIU Transfer and Transition Services :Transfer Guides

Degree requirements and courses:Undergraduate Art + Art History Course Catalog 2022-23

*The Department of Art + Art History is in the process of switching portfolio services over to Slideroom Summer 23.


Portfolios are reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Decision notifications are generally sent out within a month of each deadline closing

  • Fall deadline is February 1st-Department decisions go out at the beginning of March
  • Spring deadline is September 1st-Department decisions go out at the beginning of October

Portfolio Requirements- 20 Artworks

*The Art+ Art History Department is in the process of switching portfolio services over Slideroom Summer 23

  • Images must be .jpg at the highest available quality (must be under 8MB each
  • Videos: excerpts or preferably complete works (max. 10 minutes total runtime). Videos should be uploaded and hosted on YouTube as an ‘unlisted’ video and shared through url link).
  • Audio: excerpts or preferably complete works submitted as .mp3 (max. 10 minutes total runtime). Each individual file should be less than 30 MB.All artworks must include the following label information:
    • Title
    • Dimensions / Duration (video/audio files)
    • Medium
    • Date Produced
    • Notes and supporting text may be included within the “Additional Notes” textbox.

Important information: Eligibility for submitting BFA Portfolio

Current FIU Students interested in switching over into one of the BFA degree options must be below 75 credits earned and must have already completed the four foundations course requirements. Students must have completed the four foundations course requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.75 as per the BFA Academic Standards. New incoming Transfer applicants without these foundation courses, including those who completed the four courses but failed to meet the Academic Standard of 2.75 GPA - are not be eligible for the BFA.

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 2050 ARHX0507
ARH 2051 ARHX051(3, 7)
ART 1203C ARTX202 or ARTX203 or ARTXXXX2
ART 2300C ARTX300
ART 2330C ARTX301 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 Requirements 24 Credits
ARH 2050 Art History Survey I 3
ARH 2051 Art History Survey II 3
ART 1201C 2-D Design 3
ART 1203C 3-D Design 3
ART 2300C Beginning Drawing 3
ART 2300C Beginning Figure Drawing 3
Studio Electives 6

Upper Division Requirements 60 Credits
ARH 4450 Modern Art 3
ARH 4470 Contemporary Art – GL 3
Art History Electives 6
ART 3820 Research & Development – GL 3
ART 3822 Creative Practice 3
ART 4952C Thesis I 3
ART 4953C Thesis II 3
Studio Electives 27
Advisor Approved Electives 9

* Indicates courses common across tracks within BFA Digital Arts degree.

FIU is committed to excellence in student success, research and teaching, regardless of the challenges.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Art + Art History

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

Christopher Barake

Christopher Rodriguez Barake
Sr. Coordinator of Academic Support Services
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-6648 Email:

Maida Purdy

Maida Purdy
Academic Advisor III
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-7500 Email:

Lauren Gentile

Lauren Gentile
Academic Advisor II
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-7500 Email:

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