Bachelor of fine arts (visual arts)

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) (visual arts) is a professional program designed to educate and train students in the history, theory and practice of the visual arts. Courses are offered in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, performance, fibres and textiles, inter-media art, and art history/visual culture. In addition to studio and art history/visual culture courses, students will take 24 credit hours in appropriate academic courses chosen in consultation with the department (6 of the 24 elective credit hours are required to be English). The BFA in Visual Arts is a 120-credit hour degree program that can be completed in four or more years.

Admission requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the university, applicants for the BFA (visual arts) will be required to submit a portfolio of previous artwork and a completed departmental application form generally before March 1 of the year in which entry is sought. Enrolment in the program is limited and selection competitive.

Sample first year

Each student is on their own individual learning path. The bachelor of fine arts with a major in visual arts is comprised of 120 credit hours (40 courses). It is important that students work with an advisor to ensure suitable course selection and determine an appropriate course load as students have the option of doing up to 15 credit hours (5 courses) per semester.

Below is a sample first year chart with the recommended first year courses for a bachelor of fine arts with a major in visual arts:

Visual Arts 1911 9 credit hours in 1000 level studio courses
9 credit hours in 1000 level studio courses Visual Arts 27011
Visual Arts 27001 English 1001

English 1000
  1. This is an Art History/Visual Culture course

Contact information

For additional information, visit the School of Fine Arts or contact D’Arcy Wilson.