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.
Students who study photography at BYU-Idaho receive instruction in technical skills and aesthetic and theoretical approaches to photography. Upon graduation students will exhibit a body of work demonstrating their mastery of the technical and aesthetic principles learned. Our students will be prepared to take advantage of opportunities in the fields of commercial photography, fine art photography, small business ownership, and graduate school.