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The BFA degree program is offered to outstanding students who are preparing for art studies, careers and professional activity beyond the undergraduate level. The B.F.A. degree requires 122 hours of credits with up to seventy-eight (78) semester hours focused in studio and art history course work.

Academic Performance

The BFA degree is considered the honors program of study in the Art and Art History Program 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. 

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 program for acceptance into the B.F.A. in Studio Art degree program. Application must be submitted at least three semesters prior to the applicant's anticipated graduation. Favorable faculty review of the application materials are required before a student is declared a candidate for the B.F.A. in Studio Art degree. Applicants must have achieved the following at the time of application to the B.F.A. in Studio Art: 

    • C or better in all major classes 

    • 3.25 GPA or above within major classes 

    • 3.00 or above overall UW total institutional GPA 

    • Successful completion of ART 2000: Portfolio Review 

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


Final Year 

During their final year and in conjunction with the spring B.F.A. exhibition, students enroll in two sequential capstone courses: BFA Capstone I (fall) and II (spring). The courses outline the deadline and requirements for the B.F.A. exhibition as well as coordinating mentoring of B.F.A. candidates. If faculty deem their work insufficient, they reserve the right to exclude the work from the exhibition and withhold the B.F.A. degree. Students transferring to the Department of Visual and Literary Arts who have completed their foundation core and successfully passed portfolio review are eligible to apply for a B.F.A. in Studio Art after one semester in Art and Art History Program


What to include with your Submittable application:

  1. Portfolio: 

10-20 artwork images & image list.  

  1. 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. 

  1. References: 

Three letters of references bee to be submitted with the application if references are not UWYO Art and Art History Program faculty members. If references are members of the Art and Art History Program please include a list of reference names.  

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

  1. Transcripts: 

 Include a copy of your degree evaluation.  



DEADLINE for application November 1st and March 1st by 5:00 p.m.



For more information on the BFA degree:  

Please contact the Art and Art History Program Office:   

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Laramie, WY 82070

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