Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program is an interdisciplinary professional undergraduate studio offering within the Department of Art. Since its inception in 1997, the BFA program has been in place to provide the greatest level of undergraduate, professional preparation for exceptional art students. The intent is to fully prepare these students to pursue graduate-level study or function as professional practicing artists.

The program is interdisciplinary by design; students accepted into the program come from all disciplines within the department including art history, book & publication arts, ceramics, digital media, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography and videography, printmaking and sculpture. Students work to explore their creative development in an atmosphere that encourages cross-discipline activities and engagement.

Students who have completed 60 credits hours at the University overall may apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. The Department of Art will screen candidates through an application process and portfolio review, and determine a candidate's acceptance.

In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 credits in studio art and 12 credits in art history. Candidates must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all courses to gain acceptance to the major. 

Bachelor of Fine Art students are admitted in the fall semester only.

Why study art at the University of Nevada, Reno?

The Department of Art offers a number of exciting opportunities for students to become actively involved and engaged in real-world experiences. The department boasts a world-renowned art museum, a cutting-edge fabrication lab and a printing press that brings the history of book arts alive.

The Lilley Museum is a two-story art museum that allows students the opportunity to help prepare exhibits and take care of collections. The Lilley offers regularly scheduled programming and events co-hosted with other campus departments and local organizations and exhibitions rotate frequently.

The Fabrication Lab provides hands-on production and learning by enabling innovation and interdisciplinary connectivity at the intersection of art and technology. Equipment available for student-use in the fabrication lab includes an industrial fabricator sewing machine, a laser engraver, a 3D printer and a Zundt D3 digital cutting machine.

The Black Rock Press is well-equipped to advance the art of the book while educating students and the broader community about book arts as both a historical and contemporary medium. The press publishes a range of literary, visual and experimental materials that address the evolving nature of the book. Students learn the history of graphic design and fine typography through letterpress printing from metal and wood type on historic presses from the 19th and 20th centuries along with the newest design tools.

Internship/career opportunities

A bachelor of fine arts degree or advanced postgraduate master in fine arts degree provide knowledge and experience useful for many different career choices. This includes: artists, photographers, game designers, museum curators, or teaching art and more.

Application guidelines

Applicants are to submit a completed cover letter, application form, portfolio and any additional supporting materials,* (such as exhibition announcements, newspaper publicity, etc.) no later than 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

*Supporting materials are optional (if you have exhibition announcements or other items you would like to add, please add pages to the application form).

Portfolio submission guidelines

Please submit one PDF document saved as 'LastName_FirstName' which contains:

  • Cover Letter explaining your interest in the program
  • Your completed application form
  • Portfolio of 10-20 images representing your work (when creating your PDF make images 72 dpi, not to exceed 800 pixels in either dimension, to keep the document small in size)
    • Performance, video and interactive media must be submitted as an active URL placed in a PDF, and must not exceed five minutes in length
    • Submit URLs for web-specific artwork

Please also provide:

  • Image descriptions with each image: including name, title of work, dimensions (h x w x d), date work completed and specific media used. You may include brief descriptions where necessary or
  • Alternatively, provide a separate page with a numbered image inventory list: including name, title of work, dimensions (h x w x d), date work completed, and specific media used. You may include brief descriptions where necessary.

Kevin Blue
BFA Application
Image Inventory
1. "Untitled # 134," gelatin silver print, 20" x 24", 2005
2. "Valentine," steel sculpture, 72" x 24" x 20", 2004

Submit the application either via email to Inge Bruggeman or via flash drive (with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your flash drive) to the Department of Art office room 209, Church Fine Arts. We will make every effort to announce the results in early Spring.

For more information, please contact BFA Program Coordinator, Inge Bruggeman at (775) 784-6731.

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