Spori Art Building

Degree Information:

The Department of Art offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Art (BA), Bachelor of Art in Art Education (BA), a Minor in Art Education, and a Minor in Photography.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is a specialized professional degree, which allows students to investigate their chosen studio emphasis area in as much depth as a bachelor's degree allows. Acceptance into the BFA degree is based on an application/portfolio review. This application process occurs at the end of a students' sophomore year. The BFA degree requires more credit hours within the discipline than the standard (BA) degree. Because of the credit requirements, a minor is not allowed for students who pursue the BFA. The BFA degree culminates in an exhibition or project overseen by a mentor(s). Completion of this project/exhibition to the standards of the BFA committee members is required to graduate with the BFA degree.

BFA areas of emphasis include:

  • Two-dimensional studies (drawing, painting, printmaking)
  • Three-dimensional studies (ceramics, sculpture)
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography

(For more information on each of our Degrees click on the links below:)

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photography

Bachelor of Fine Arts -Three-Dimensional Studies

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Two-Dimensional Studies 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the standard art degree. All students who major in studio art will choose an emphasis area: 2D, 3D, Graphic Design, Illustration, or Photography. Those that don't pursue the BFA degree, stay in this degree. This degree has open enrollment and doesn't require an application or portfolio for admission. 

Bachelor of Arts areas of emphasis include:

  • Art History
  • Studio Art (in Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Three-Dimensional)

(For more information on each of our Degrees click on the links below:)

Bachelor of Arts - Art History

NEW! Beginning Fall 2014 the Department of Art will offer the following a Bachelor of Arts - Standard Studio Art Degree. Students will be able to choose from the Emphasis of their choice. Click on the links below for more information about each of those options:

Bachelor of Arts -- Standard Studio Art Drawing Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts -- Standard Studio Art Graphic Design Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts -- Standard Studio Art Illustration Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts -- Standard Studio Art Painting Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts -- Standard Studio Art Photography Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts-- Standard Studio Art Printmaking Emphasis

Bachelor of Art -- Standard Studio Art Three Dimensional Emphasis

Bachelor of Art Education majors include: 

  • Art Education
  • Art Education Composite

Bachelor of Arts - Art Education

Bachelor of Arts - Art Education Composite  

Which Art Education degree should a student choose? Click here for more info.


Bachelor of Arts - Integrated Studio Art 

(The Integrated Studio Art Degree will no longer be offered beginning Fall 2014)


1. Art 101 should be taken by all Art Majors their first year.

2. Art 110 and Art 117 are prerequisites for most studio courses (i.e. drawing, painting, printmaking, etc.) and should be taken in the first year as an Art Major.

3. The following are additional art courses, available to Art Majors, that do not require prerequisites: Art 110, Art 117, Art 130, Art 201, Art 202, Art 220, Art 280, Art 297, and Art 336.

4. Art 297 is required to be taken a minimum of four different semesters. It is recommended that three of these be completed during the freshmen and sophomore years. 

5. Admittance into the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) is through a portfolio review at the end of the sophomore year. Reviews for the Fall/Winter track are held in March. Reviews for the Winter/Spring track are held in November. Reviews for the Spring/Fall track will be held in July. Go here for current review dates.

We also offer a Minor in Art Education and a Minor in Photography, a Photography Concentration and Art Pre-Approved Clusters in Two-Dimensional Studies, Three-Dimensional Studies, Photography, Art History, Graphic Design, and Fundamentals. See the catalog for more information.

Admission Process:

The BYU-Idaho Department of Art has an open enrollment poilcy for all freshmen and transfer students. Students are initially considered Art Majors by declaring so when submitting the application to BYU-Idaho. During the sophomore year and/or upon completion of Art 101, 110, and 117, Art Majors are asked to visit the Academic Discovery Center for the College of Performing and Visual Arts. The purpose of this visit will be to receive advice on degree planning options that include: 

  • Whether to pursue a BFA or BA degree
  • Selecting an area of emphasis,
  • and how to plan for graduation within the credit limits set by the University

Visiting the Academic Discovery Center within the first 3 semesters will help students better understand their options, help students plan their degree more efficiently, and avoid compounded problems during the final semesters. Students are also encouraged to visit with a full time faculty member in their area of emphasis for guidance. Faculty contact information is listed in the column to the left under "Faculty and Staff".

Students who wish to change their major from Art to another discipline will have the option to receive an Art Minor, Concentration or Cluster or be able to use art credits in another standard degree. This will enable students to count their Art courses towards graduation.