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 book & publication arts, ceramics, digital media, drawing, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. Students work to explore their creative development in an atmosphere that encourages cross-discipline activities and engagement.

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

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. 

Entrance to the program is determined via a review of the application and portfolio materials by the Department of Art faculty.

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

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 below PDF).

BFA 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 5 minutes in length.
  • Submit URLs for web-specific artwork.

Please also provide either:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Example
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 at ibruggeman@unr.edu or via flash drive (with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your flash drive) to the Art office room 209, Church Fine Arts building by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2020. We will make every effort to announce the results by the end of March 2020

For more information, please contact BFA coordinator Inge Bruggeman.
ibruggeman@unr.edu 
(775) 784-6731

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