The Bachelor of Fine Arts 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.
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, 2022. 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
- 500 words maximum
- Cover letter should include artistic interests and reasons for applying for the BFA at the University of Nevada, Reno.
- Your completed application form
- Portfolio of 10-20 images representing your work (when creating your PDF, images should not exceed 2,000 pixels on the longest side and a resolution of 72 ppi, 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.
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 Scott Hinton 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, Scott Hinton at (775) 784-4994.