Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Incoming freshmen students

If you’re an incoming undergraduate student, you must first apply for admission to IU Bloomington.

Once admitted to IU, you begin your studies in University Division as an exploratory student and can start to satisfy requirements for the studio art major. You are not required to declare a studio art major to enroll in the Fundamental Studio courses.

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Current students

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is designed for exceptional students seeking intensive study in one studio area. The program generally is a four-semester commitment. Students are encouraged to apply when they have a strong vision for continuing in a specific studio area.

To learn how to apply to the B.F.A. program, select a studio area:

Ceramics
Digital art
Graphic design
Metalsmithing and jewelry design
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Textiles

Space is limited and students may have to apply more than once. If the student is not successful with their first application, they will receive advice from area faculty concerning their portfolio and suggestions for what courses or efforts would help them with future applications.

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Apply to ceramics B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. program in ceramics, students must have completed FINA-S 260 Ceramics I, at least one semester of both FINA-S 361 Ceramics II and FINA-S 461 Ceramics III, or the equivalent if transferring from another college or university.

Applications are generally reviewed during the last two weeks of the fall and spring semesters.

Students must be prepared to show and discuss 8–12 physical pieces of work during an interview with ceramics faculty.

Applicants participate in an interview and portfolio review with ceramics faculty. Students must be prepared to discuss their work, answer questions, and express their interest in the B.F.A. program.

For more information, contact Malcolm Smith

Apply to digital art B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. in digital art, students must have completed at least two studio courses at IU Bloomington.

In addition, it is preferred that students have completed FINA-D 210 Digital Art: Survey and Practice and one 300-level digital art course before applying.

Applications are reviewed the last week of classes each fall and spring semester.

Applicants must prepare a written statement of intent and interest in the B.F.A. program, a portfolio of artwork from studio art courses previously taken at IU Bloomington, and an unofficial transcript.

Applicants participate in an interview and portfolio review with digital art faculty. Students must be prepared to discuss their work, answer questions, and express their interest in the B.F.A. program.

For more information, contact Peter Williams.

Apply to graphic design B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. in graphic design, students must have completed FINA-S 250 Introduction to Design Practice and FINA-S 351 Typography I.

Applications are reviewed at the end of fall and spring semesters.

Applicants must prepare a portfolio of 12–15 pieces of work. At least two-thirds of the work must be graphic design course work. Applicants may include samples of other work, such as freelance and studio projects.

Applicants must also provide a written statement (no longer than one page) outlining their intent and interest in the B.F.A. program.

Applicants participate in an interview and portfolio review with graphic design faculty. Students must be prepared to discuss their work, answer questions, and express their interest in the B.F.A. program.

For more information, contact Paul Brown.

Apply to metalsmithing and jewelry design B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. in metalsmithing and jewelry design, students must have completed at least two studio courses at IU Bloomington.

In addition, it is preferred that students complete FINA-S 280 Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design I and at least one semester of FINA-S 381 Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design II or FINA-S 481 Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design III.

Applications are reviewed at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Applicants must be prepared to show all work produced in metalsmithing and jewelry design courses, samples of any work produced in other studio area courses, and any metal or jewelry work produced in high school or other art centers.

Students must also provide a written statement of intent and interest in the B.F.A. program and an unofficial transcript.

Applicants participate in an interview and portfolio review with metalsmithing and jewelry design faculty. Appointments are usually held on Fridays and are approximately 30 minutes. Students must be prepared to discuss their work, answer questions, and express their interest in the B.F.A. program.

For more information, contact Nicole Jacquard.

Apply to painting B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. in painting, students must have completed at least one semester of beginning-level and intermediate/advanced-level painting courses, or two semesters of intermediate/advanced-level painting courses and one semester of an intermediate/advanced-level drawing course.

Applications are reviewed at the end of each fall and spring semester.

Applicants must be prepared to present work produced in previous painting and drawing courses. Students must also provide an unofficial transcript.

Applicants participate in an interview and portfolio review with painting faculty. Prior to the interview, students are assigned a room in which to hang their works. Students must be prepared to discuss their work, answer questions, and express their interest in the B.F.A. program.

For more information, contact Caleb Weintraub.

Apply to photography B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. in photography, students must have completed FINA-S 392 Intermediate Photography.

Applications are accepted twice a year, once during fall semester at the end of October and once during the spring semester at the beginning of April.

Applicants must prepare a portfolio of 15–20 images of their best work, including black and white, color, digital, book, and video work.

Applicants must also prepare a one-page statement of intent and interest in the B.F.A. program and an unofficial transcript.

Applicants participate in a 15- to 20-minute interview and porfolio review with photography faculty. Students must be prepared to discuss their work, answer questions, and express their interest in the B.F.A. program.

For more information, contact James Nakagawa.

Apply to printmaking B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. program in printmaking, students must have completed FINA-S 240 Basic Printmaking Media by the end of the semester during which they are applying.

Applications are accepted every fall and spring semester.

Applicants must submit a 2,150-word artist statement and 10–15 images of previous work. Please compress all of your files into a single folder labeled with your name for upload.

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Candidates successful in the portfolio review will be scheduled for an interview with printmaking faculty.

For more information, contact Tracy Templeton.

Apply to sculpture B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. program in sculpture, students must have completed FINA-S 270 Sculpture I.

Applications are accepted at the end of fall and spring semesters.

Applicants must prepare a portfolio of their best work, including sculptural work and any other supporting work completed in studio courses. Students also must provide an unofficial transcript.

Applicants participate in a 20- to 30-minute interview and portfolio review with sculpture faculty. Applicants should arrive early to properly display and install their work in a professional manner. Students must be prepared to discuss their work, answer questions, and express their interest in the B.F.A. program.

For more information, contact Blaine De St. Croix.

Apply to textiles B.F.A.

To be eligible to apply to the B.F.A. program in textiles, students must have completed FINA-S 220 Textiles I and/or FINA-S 321 Textiles II.

Applicants work closely with faculty to determine whether their interests and skills are a good fit for the hands-on mentorship, community, and professional rigor of the textiles B.F.A. program.

Students should submit an application towards the end of either the fall or spring semesters after consulting with textiles area faculty and the undergraduate academic advisor.

Application deadlines are posted in the Fine Arts Building room 123 each semester.

Applicants must prepare 10–15 images of artwork in PowerPoint format that include work titles, dates, materials, and dimensions. Work should mostly consist of work produced in textiles courses, but students may also include work in other mediums.

Applicants must provide a one-page statement about their artwork, as well as their intent and interest in the B.F.A. program. Students also must provide an unofficial transcript.

Textiles faculty review the submitted portfolio; in some cases applicants will be scheduled for an interview to discuss their work and clarify their interest in the textiles B.F.A. program.

For more information, contact Carissa Carman or Rowland Ricketts.

Transfer students

If you’re transferring to IU Bloomington from another college or university and want to pursue a major in studio art, you must first apply for admission to IU Bloomington

Use the credit transfer service tool to determine if courses you’ve taken at other institutions will transfer to IU Bloomington.

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