Degree Information:

The Department of Art offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Fine Art (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 Art (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 Art - Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Art - Illustration

Bachelor of Fine Art - Photography

Bachelor of Fine Art -Three-Dimensional Studies

Bachelor of Fine Art - Two-Dimensional Studies 

The Bachelor of Art (BA) degree is the standard art degree. Students 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 Art -- Standard Studio Art Drawing Emphasis

Bachelor of Art -- Standard Studio Art Graphic Design Emphasis

Bachelor of Art -- Standard Studio Art Illustration Emphasis

Bachelor of Art -- Standard Studio Art Painting Emphasis

Bachelor of Art -- Standard Studio Art Photography Emphasis

Bachelor of Art-- Standard Studio Art Printmaking Emphasis

Bachelor of Art -- Standard Studio Art Three Dimensional Emphasis

Bachelor of Art Education majors include: 

Bachelor of Art - Art Education

Bachelor of Art - Art Education Composite  

Which Art Education degree is right for you? Art Education Degree Descriptions

Bachelor of Art minors include: 

Art Education

Art History



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

2. Art 107 and Art 110 are online prerequisites for most studio courses (i.e. drawing, painting, printmaking, etc.) and can be taken concurrenlty while in high school. However, if a student prefers to take them when on campus, they should be taken during the first year as an Art Major.

3. The following are art courses, available to Art Majors, that do not require prerequisites: Art 107, Art 110, Art 130, Art 201, Art 202, Art 220, Art 280, Art 297, and Art 336.

4. Art 210 should be taken during a student's first year if they plan to major in Drawing, Illustration, Painting or Printmaking.

5. Art 297R is required to be taken a minimum of four different semesters. It is recommended that students begin taking Art 297R upon completion of Art 101, Art 107 and Art 110.

6. 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, 107, and 110, Art Majors are asked to visit the Academic Advising 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

  • How to plan for graduation within the credit limits set by the University

Visiting the Academic Advising 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.