BFA Info

Painting Demo

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Spring 2018

Applications due: Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Spori 316

Portfolios due: Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Spori 316

Download the BFA Application or pick up in the Art office, Spori 316.

Bachelor of Fine Art Portfolio Review Guidelines


A special application process is required for the Bachelor of Fine Art degree. The BFA is a professional studio degree that prepares a student to enter an art profession and/or to pursue graduate studies. This degree requires a portfolio review at the completion of the sophomore level.

Be sure to complete TWO identical applications (one to be submitted with your portfolio and one for Department records) and use your I-Number (not a social security number) on the application. A current Grad Report is also required with the application.  Students should plan in advance to visit the Academic Advising in Chapman 101 for a proposed Grad Report that includes the BFA courses. You can make an appointment with the Academic Advising by calling (208) 496-9871. The Academic Advising will approve and stamp the Grad Report for inclusion. Please submit your application to the Department of Art office (Spori 316) by 5:00 p.m. on the date listed above.

Academic Requirements

To be eligible for BFA consideration, a student should have a minimum of 30-33 credits of GE completed and a minimum of 55 total credits earned. Depending on the emphasis area, there may also be additional art courses beyond the Art Core that should be completed at the time of the BFA review. Students should consult their faculty advisor. Applicants must have a 2.7 GPA in all studio art courses in order to be considered for admission into the BFA program. No grade lower than a C in a studio art course will be accepted.

There are a limited number of spaces available for students in the BFA program at each review. Portfolios become the most important deciding factor for acceptance. For information about what to include in your portfolio see the BFA application (at the link above.) All portfolios must be in the designated room by the deadline--late work will not be accepted. Applicants should tape a copy of the BFA Application Form to the outside of the portfolio.  Students are also encouraged to include a sketchbook of their preliminary work in the portfolio. Please submit your portfolio to the Department of Art office (Spori 316) by 5:00 p.m. on the date listed above.

All applicants will be notified by mail within approximately three weeks of the review date.

A faculty committee will review all applications, Grad Reports, and portfolios. It is important to note that this committee considers stduents grades, in-class performance, preparation, and participation. Portfolio work must be presented in specific ways depending on the emphasis area. Students should see their faculty advisor for specific information.

Options for Students Who Are Not Accepted Into the BFA Program

All applicants will receive a summary form from the review that gives the observations of the faculty review committee. Students are limited to TWO application opportunities for the BFA program in this Department. If a student is not accepted at their first review, they may consider the following options:

1.  Reapply for an additional review on the next regularly scheduled BFA Portfolio Review (see the published dates). In the meantime, a student should work to improve their portoflio based on the recommendations from the faculty committee. A student may also consider retaking a course to improve their work.

2.  A very good consideration is for a student to pursue another Art degree. The Bachelor of Art degree with an emphasis in Integrated Studio Art will allow them to take additional upper-division studio art courses, where they will add additional work to their portfolio. More importantly, this degree gives a student the opportunity to combine their studio art experience with a minor such as business, education, marketing, and many others. These added skills can make a student a valuable professional with multiple skill sets. Additionally, the Art Education degree prepares students to teach in the K-12 grade levels.

3.  Transfer to another major at BYU-Idaho.

4.  Transfer to another college or university.

Continuing Enrollment and Graduation from the BFA Program

A student may be removed from the BFA program if their grades fall below the minimum 2.7 GPA average for BFA studio art courses. No grade lower than a C in a studio art course will be accepted for graduation. A two-year limit must apply for an extension at the conclusion of their second year (see Academic Advising in Chapman 101).

All BFA students must complete two semesters of Art 495-BFA Project during their senior year in preparation for the BFA Exhibition-see the faculty advisor at the beginning of the junior year for important details regarding this course and exhibition. Many BFA emphasis areas also require for graduation a sample portfolio, self-promotion booklet, or a set of slides for Departmental records-please see the faculty advisor for more information.

This Department reserves the right to retain student works of art from the BFA Exhibition for the BYU-Idaho Permanent Art Collection.

Copies of the application are also available in the Department of Art office (Spori 316).