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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

The BFA degree program is offered to outstanding students who are preparing for art studies, careers and professional activity beyond the undergraduate level. Up to seventy (70) semester hours are focused in studio and art history course work, while a minimum of fifty-eight (58) semester hours are reserved for University Studies Program requirements. 

Academic Performance

The BFA degree is considered the honors program of study in the Department of Art and is the preferred program for students preparing for graduate school and professional careers in the visual arts. Academic achievement in both major and USP course work is important. Once accepted into the program, BFA candidates need to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 each semester. BFA candidates are placed on program probation when their Overall GPA falls below 3.00 and/or their Major GPA falls below 3.25. When the Overall GPA does not return to a 3.00 and/or Major GPA does not return to a 3.25 the following semester, candidates are advised to pursue the BA rather than the BFA to complete their undergraduate degree program. 

Conditional Acceptance

Upon reviewing applications, the faculty may make recommendations or require additional upper division course work in studio and/or art history for the BFA degree. This course work may exceed the seventy (70) semester hours permitted for the major. In this case, the BFA candidate must also complete the fifty-eight (58) hours of USP course work for the 128 semester hours in the BFA degree program. 

Academic Advisors

BFA candidates work closely with their academic advisors to plan a program of upper division course work to meet their artistic and professional goals and objectives and to define an area of concentration and development. 



Formal application is made to the department for acceptance into the BFA degree program. Favorable faculty review of the application materials and a cumulative 3.25 GPA in course work in the major and university studies are required before a student is declared a candidate for the BFA degree. Preferred 2 semesters before graduation. 

  • C or better in all art classes

  • 3.25 in art major program

  • 3.0 overall GPA (UW or from transferring institution) 

Undergraduate majors proceed with meeting USP requirements for the BA in art and balance with foundation, art history and studio core requirements in the major until formally accepted as a BFA candidate. Application does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the BFA program. 

Majors in the process of completing the fourth semester of their Foundations and Studio Core course work (16-19 hours) submit applications materials by 5pm on either February 1st or November 1st. Students transferring to the Department of Art who have completed their foundation core and successfully passed portfolio review are eligible to apply for a BFA after one semester in the Department of Art. 

BFA Application

BFA Application

BFA Application >

What to include with your application:

1. Portfolio:

10-20 artworks. Format images as a pdf document- one image per page and place on a flash drive to turn in to the department. Label all artworks with your name, title, medium, size and date. 

2. Statement:

Discuss your interest in pursuing an art degree and also state your professional goals. One page typed, double spaced, no more than 500 words.

3. References:

Three letters of references submitted with application if references are not department faculty members. If references are members of the Art Department please include a list of reference names. 

Remember to ask you faculty references for permission to use them on your application! 

4. Transcripts:

Include a copy of your academic transcripts. 





Mail or deliver your application to:

Department of Art 
University of Wyoming 
Dept. 3138 
1000 E. University Avenue 
Laramie, WY 82070 


For more information on the BFA degree: 

Please contact the Art Department Office:  

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Department of Visual & Literary Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3138

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-3269


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