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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art2021-07-22T20:17:09+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 GetAcceptd.com 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 GetAcceptd.com

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 1201C ARTX201 or ARTXXXX1
ART 1203C ARTX202 or ARTX203 or ARTXXXX2
ART 2300C ARTX300
ART 2330C ARTX301 or ARTX3303 or ARTX2054 or ARTX3105 or ARTX3056
ART 2XXX ARTXXXX
ART 2XXX ARTXXXX
  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 https://cpm.flvc.org 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

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

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

Maida Purdy
Academic Advisor III
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-3539 Email: maida.purdy@fiu.edu

Maria M. Henriquez, MPA
Academic Advisor II
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-7486 Email: mparrill@fiu.edu

FIU Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Florida International University
P.O. Box 659003, Miami, Florida 33265
Tel: (305)-348-2363
http://admissions.fiu.edu/index.html