BFA Studio Arts


Program Description

In our Studio Arts program you’ll receive a foundation in drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media arts – and then find specializations that make your heart sing as you find your artistic calling. Become a part of an ongoing dialogue, with faculty-guided closeness and structure, that will help smash your comfort zone and make you the fearless artist the world needs right now. You’ll present a capstone exhibition senior year, to help you rocket into the professional art world.

The BFA in Studio Art requires 120 credits consisting of 36 credits in the liberal arts core, 4 credits in foundation requirements, 56 credits in major requirements, 20 credits in designated electives, and 4 credits in unrestricted electives.


Liberal Arts Core Requirements (16 credits)

  • FRYE 1025 Liberal Arts Seminar (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1050 Writing Roundtable I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1051 Writing Roundtable II (4 credits)
  • SOYE 2050 Sophomore Roundtable Seminar (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Distributive Core Requirements (12 credits)

Cultural Diversity Course (4 credits)

Ethical Responsibility Course (4 credits)

Options for all courses change on a semester basis – check the Register for this semester’s core classes and academic catalog.

Foundation Requirements: 4 credits ARTS 1001 Freshman Studio I (2 credits)

  • ARTS 1002 Freshman Studio II (2 credits)
  • ARTH 1001 History of World Art I (4 credits)


  • ARTH 1002 History of World Art II (4 credits)
  • ARTH 3001 Thinking About Art Now (4 credits)
  • ARTS 1101 Drawing Lab I (4 credits)
  • ARTS 1201 Beginning Painting (4 credits)
  • ARTS 1301 Mixed Media Sculpture (4 credits)
  • ARTS 2102 Drawing Lab II (4 credits)
  • ARTS 3501 Junior Studio (4 credits)
  • ARTS 4501 Senior Studio I/Advanced Projects (4 credits)
  • ARTS 4901 Professional Practices (4 credits)
  • ARTS 4905 Senior Studio II/BFA Thesis Exhibition (4 credits)
  • ARTS 4915 Art Internship (4 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ARTS 2201 Sophomore Painting Studio I (4 credits)
  • ARTS 2301 Sophomore Sculpture Studio I (4 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ARTS 2202 Sophomore Painting Studio II (4 credits)
  • ARTS 2302 Sophomore Sculpture Studio II (4 credits)

Choose 4 credits in ARTS, GRDN, FILM, or PHOT electives

Designated Electives: 20 credits

Choose 4 credits in upper‐division ARTH electives

Choose 12 credits in upper‐division ARTS electives



In August 2014, in order to better serve the growing enrollments in four of its academic programs, SFUAD restructured the administrative management of these programs into a “School of Visual and Communication Arts” (“SVCA”). The SVCA includes degrees in graphic design, digital arts, studio art, and photography and is managed by a Dean, Linda Swanson (formerly the Chair of the Studio Art Program). The benefits expected from this administrative reorganization include leadership depth, leveraging of curriculum across four programs, sharing of facilities, improved trans-disciplinary and industry student experiences amongst the four programs as well as a larger and more diverse community under a


Our internship network is growing all the time, thanks to the help of our Career Services center, an involved and well-networked faculty, and the tenacity and hard work of students like you. We want to make sure that you get hands-on professional experience before you leave campus.

For BFA students, internships are a requirement for graduation – which means your internship is a promise, not a stroke of luck. Art students have worked for private art galleries, museums, contemporary art spaces, community art collectives, art journals, and art festivals, with world-renowned artists on personal artwork, and more. It’s all about achieving real, relevant experience before you hit the streets.


  • Art Director / Critic
  • Administration / Curator
  • Conservation / Restoration / Preservation
  • Collections Management
  • Exhibit Design / Preparation
  • Archive Management
  • Education
  • Publication
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Weaving
  • Art Appraiser / Dealer
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Arts Program Director
  • Set Designer
  • Sketch Artist


  • Art Museums: Public and Private
  • Archives
  • Historical Societies / Sites
  • Natural / Living History Museums
  • Galleries / Studios
  • School and Community Programs
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • In-House Corporations
  • Marketing / Advertising Agencies
  • Freelance / Self-Employed
  • Newspapers / Magazines
  • Media Outlets
  • Animation Studios
  • Film / Television Studios
  • Software Firms


Every year, the Studio Art department brings in professionals and artists from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited in the past few years, and worked directly with art students:

  • BukueOne (socially-active musician, graffiti artist)
  • Cody Berry (Illustrator, writer, Class of 2010)
  • Harmony Hammond (Renowned Artist and writer, pioneer in feminist art community)
  • Jeremy Thomas (sculptor specializing in works of molded steel)
  • Maureen Burdock (award-winning feminist artist, graphic novelist, and illustrator)
  • Michelle Blade (award-winning and extensively exhibited painter, installation artist)
  • Nic Nicosia (Conceptual artist who photographs staged, otherworldly scenes)
  • Peter Sarkisian (artist, filmmaker, known for works that combine sculpture and video projection)

Entry Requirements


Deciding where to go to college is probably the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make – but it doesn’t have to be scary. We have Enrollment Advisors to help you through every step of the process, which means you’ll have a real human being (and a friend!) in your corner while you navigate the world of college applications.

For First-Year Students, we require:

  • Personal Information: your profile and contact information
  • Academic Information: details about your academic background
  • Employment Information: your work history

Submit your online application with the following:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Test scores are optional
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Your completed portfolio


We work very closely with Transfer Students to move as many of their earned credits from previous institutions into SFUAD credits as possible. Your Enrollment Advisor can assist you with a conversation about transferring your credits at any point in your enrollment process – you don’t have to wait until you’re an accepted student. For Transfer Students, our application requires:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Test scores are optional
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Your completed portfolio


We welcome international students from around the globe every year at SFUAD. To understand eligibility, Visa requirements, and our application process, visit our International Student Application.


If you’re applying for acceptance into the Art Department (for both BA and BFA programs), you are required to submit a portfolio with 10-15 pieces of art. This work can represent class assignments as well as personal projects you’ve created within the past two years. It can include a range of materials and approaches, including 2D (drawing, painting, photography), 3D (sculpture, installation), and 4D media (video, animation, film). If your work wasn’t originally created in a digital form, be sure to photograph it digitally or convert it to digital so you can upload it to our system.

You’ll submit your portfolio through SlideRoom as part of your online application. Once you’ve uploaded your files to SlideRoom, you’re also welcome to bring your portfolio to an open house and meet with a faculty

member to have it reviewed in person, or to schedule a personal portfolio review on another convenient day.

Last updated Nov 2018

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