Departments & Programs

Fine Arts

Major in Studio Art—B.F.A.


This program is designed to meet the needs of exceptional students who desire intensive studio experience within the context of the liberal arts. They must have demonstrated superior ability and motivation in a particular studio discipline.

Admission to the B.F.A. program in any studio area is subject to a portfolio review, judgment of grades, and a personal interview with the faculty of that area. Applications are not usually considered until students have had at least two studio courses on the Bloomington campus.

Required Courses

Students must complete at least 62 credit hours in studio and at least 12 credit hours in art history, including the following:

  1. F100, F101, and F102 (9 cr.).
  2. S200 (3 cr.).
  3. Three additional studio courses at the 200 level (at least 9 cr.), including at least one course in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional disciplines (Note: The two-dimensional studio disciplines are graphic design, painting and drawing, photography, digital art, and printmaking. The three-dimensional disciplines are ceramics, fibers, metalworking and jewelry design, and sculpture.)
  4. Additional credit hours, prescribed by the director of the area in which the degree is taken, to total 62 credit hours of studio work, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional disciplines.
  5. A102, and one of the following: A101, A155, and A160.
  6. Two courses in art history: one course at the 200–400 level and one course at the 300–400 level.
  7. Two courses in art history at the 300–400 level.

Students must complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Students should plan the distribution of their programs within the areas offered under the guidance of area advisors.

Residence Requirement

At least 40 credit hours of studio and 6 credit hours of art history must be completed in residence on the Bloomington campus.

Transferred Credit

All art history and studio courses transferred from another institution or campus must be evaluated by an appropriate faculty member in the School of Fine Arts before they may be applied toward a major in fine arts. See Transferred Credit Review.