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Program at a Glance

College of Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts & Design, Schl of
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The BFA degree prepares students for professional practices and is recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school. The BFA degree provides a solid foundation in techniques and theory in focused areas of competence. The School affirms that a theoretical and working understanding of the historical meanings and studio applications of the human image are critical in the education of Visual Art and Art History students.

As part of the program, some courses study the form and proportion of the human figure. Nude models are used as reference.

Admission Requirements

  • All students must successfully pass the Studio Art Portfolio review (ART 3950).
  • Students must complete one upper level course in their specialization before submitting the Studio Art BFA Application and Mentor Agreement.
  • The School faculty in a student's area of specialization evaluates students desiring to become Studio Art BFA majors via interviews and a review of their body of work. During matriculation towards the BFA faculty will evaluate their work and decide whether or not the student may continue in the program. All Studio Art BFA students are accepted on a "Provisional" status their first semester.
  • Students who are not admitted into the Studio Art BFA program will continue in the Art BA, Studio track and may repeat the Studio Art BFA application process.
  • Once admitted into the Studio Art BFA program students are required to be supervised by their specialization faculty mentor within the discipline for a minimum of two semesters.
  • Students who do not pass the Studio Art Portfolio review should meet with an SVAD Advisor to discuss their options.
  • "C-" (1. 75) or below grades from other institutions do not meet departmental requirements.
  • Note: One-on-one portfolio reviews are not possible due to the large number of received portfolios.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 18 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the School of Visual Arts and Design. Nine of these must be in an area of specialization.
  • Students must earn at least a "C" (2.0) in each required course used to satisfy major requirements; however a GPA of 3.0 or higher must be achieved in the major requirements.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in the major.
  • Students should consult with their SVAD advisor and faculty mentor studio specialization each semester.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

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Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
  • Art Directors
  • Art/Design Teachers
  • Curators
  • Environmental Design
  • Gallery/Museum Assistant
  • Industrial/Manufacturing Designer
  • Muralist
  • Professional Artist/Illustrator
  • Public Artist
  • Theatre/Film Set Artist/Designer

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