The BFA degree requires 82 hours in art and is considered the professional degree in art. All art majors begin as BA students and apply to enter the BFA program via the Portfolio Review. Students who are not transferring in art courses from another institution will apply after completing or in the semester in which they will complete their foundation art courses (ART 103, 104, 105, 106, 195, and one art history course). Students with foundation art courses accepted from other institutions will complete one full semester of coursework at MUW before applying to the BFA program.
The BFA in Studio Art is divided into areas of emphases, which provide the individual student’s focus for their program. The Art and Design Department offers emphases in Drawing and Painting; Graphic Design; Printmaking; Photography; Ceramics; and Crafts. All emphases in the BFA in Studio Art programs share the same requirements in General Education Curriculum and Art Core but vary in the Major Courses requirements (see below).
Students who wish to enter a BFA program are required to submit a portfolio of original work upon completion of or during the semester in which they will complete their foundation courses at MUW. Their portfolio is comprised of artwork primarily from these courses. Transfer students who have completed their foundation courses elsewhere will apply after completing their first semester at MUW. Their portfolio will include work primarily from MUW courses. A written statement is also required. Students will be notified during the semester in which they are eligible for the Portfolio Review and will be given more complete instructions at that time. If deferred, students are allowed to reapply only once to pass the Portfolio Review, and this reapplication must be in the student’s next semester at MUW.