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College of Arts & Sciences

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.


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.

  • C or better in all art classes
  • 3.25 in art major program
  • 3.0 overall GPA

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 February 1st or November 1st of their first semester in the department. 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.

Degree 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 maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 each semester.  BFA candidates are placed on program probation when the semester GPA falls below 3.25.  When the 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.

**PLEASE NOTE - BFA applications MUST be made at least two semesters PRIOR to anticipated graduation date. The following requirements must also be met:

• ALL BFA students will be required to participate in the BFA exhibition upon graduation.

• ALL BFA students will be required to sign a contract that will outline deadlines & requirements for the BFA exhibition.

• Prior to the BFA exhibition, students will participate in studio visits with a rotating group of Art faculty members. If faculty deem their work insufficient, they reserve the right to exclude the work from the exhibition & withhold the BFA degree.

What to include with your application:

1. Portfolio:

10-20 artworks. Digital format must be a CD formatted for both PC and Macintosh computers.

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)

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.

4. Transcripts:

Include a copy of your academic transcripts.

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



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 Office

 Download BFA Application

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