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 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.

How to Apply

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 nine credits in art history. Candidates must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in art courses to gain acceptance to the major. Applications may be submitted no earlier than the end of the student's second year of full-time study.

Entrance to the program is determined via a review of full application. Detailed attention will be given to portfolio materials. Department faculty will conduct the application and portfolio review.

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

Application Guidelines

Applicants are to submit a completed application form, portfolio and additional supporting materials,* such as exhibition announcements, newspaper publicity, etc. to the Art Department office no later than Feb. 15, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

*Supporting materials are optional.

BFA Portfolio Submission Guidelines
Please submit a PowerPoint presentation on a CD-ROM. The PowerPoint is to feature 10 to 20 digital images representing your work (images 72 dpi, not to exceed 700 pixels in either dimension). For installation, performance, video and Internet-based media submit either a three to five minute DVD or provide an active URL in your PowerPoint directing us to a viewable online video or Web-specific artwork.

Include a numbered slide or image inventory list that includes your name, title, dimensions, date work completed and specific media. 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

No original artworks will be accepted - CDs, DVDs or URLs only.

Submit the application to the Art office room 209, Church Fine Arts building by Feb. 15, 2017.

For more information, please contact BFA advisor Inge Bruggeman.

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Contact College of Liberal Arts

Phone (775) 784-6155
Fax (775) 784-1478
Location Ansari Business Building
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557