BFA in Art Admission Requirements

Admission of declared art majors to the BFA in Art, which includes tracks in Fine Art (or Studio Art) and Applied Design, occurs via a review process that includes:

  • Portfolio review
  • Application
  • Typed statement of the studentā€™s goals
  • BOSS transcript review
  • Brief interview.

Note that the review for admission to the BFA is a two-step process requiring submission of the BOSS transcript statement, and application initially and the submission of the portfolio and the interview two weeks later.

Students will be informed in writing of the outcome of the admission process. Letters will arrive within one month of the portfolio review.

Students are allowed a total of three attempts to pass the review before they are ineligible for the BFA program. Students who have not gained admission to the BFA program may be graduated with a BA degree.

Late applications are not accepted.

Being late for the scheduled portfolio review time is not accepted. Students who are late or miss their review time will need to reapply at the next application date. Being late or missing the portfolio review will be considered as a ā€œNon-acceptedā€ application, and will be counted as one of three possible attempts. As potential BFA in Art degree candidates, students are expected to be able to meet specific deadlines.

Minimum Course Requirements

  • 15 hours Studio Prerequisites (ARST 1310, 1315, 2310, 2315, 2318)
  • 6 hours Art History
  • ā€Ø3 hours Studio Foundation in intended emphasis area.

GPA Requirements

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all art courses to be eligible for consideration. Use GPA calculator http://ualr.edu/records/enter_grades.php.

Written Statement Requirements

Typed statement, on the application form, will address your reasons for completing the BFA degree and its application to your career.

Portfolio Requirements

Portfolios will include a total of six (6) to twelve (12) individual works.

Your portfolio should adequately demonstrate proficiency in the visual arts medium you wish to emphasize in.

You will also need to select relevant artwork that demonstrates the following: A strong technical proficiency in a variety of media (breadth), understanding of design and composition, creativity and exploration, as well as idea development.

All the pieces in your portfolio should be finished work that shows completed ideas. Sketchbooks and sketches can also be submitted and are encouraged, but are to only be used to show your thought process and idea development of your completed pieces.

Portfolios should include actual works of art produced in art courses at UALR or accredited institutions for transfer students. Large scale, three-dimensional works (4ā€™ or larger) may be submitted photographically with multiple views.

The submitted works of art must be labeled with: studentā€™s name, course for which the work was created, semester and year when the course was taken.

All aspects in the presentation of work will be considered in the review of your portfolio. Attention should be given to the care taken in preparing, submitting, labeling, and documenting work.

Note: Due to the variety of emphasis areas and student experience levels, please discuss the portfolio requirements for your emphasis area with your instructor.

Being late for the scheduled portfolio review time is not accepted. Students who are late or miss their review time will need to reapply at the next application date. Being late or missing the portfolio review will be considered as a ā€œNon-acceptedā€ application, and will be counted as one of three possible attempts. As potential BFA in Art degree candidates, students are expected to be able to meet specific deadlines.

Students are allowed a total of three attempts to pass the review before they are ineligible for the BFA in Art program. Students who have not gained admission to the BFA in Art program may be graduated with a BA in Art degree.

 

Application Dates

Admission to the BFA is conducted in the fall and spring semesters only; the admission process is not available during summer terms.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Fall 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014 deadline for submission of the application, typed statement and BOSS transcript, and Friday, November 21, 2014 for the portfolio and interview. See above for the required information for these materials, and for time deadlines. Notification of review time is the same, by UALR email.

Spring 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015 deadline for submission of the application, typed statement and BOSS transcript, and Friday, April 17, 2015 for the portfolio and interview. See above for the required information for these materials, and for time deadlines. Notification of review time is the same, by UALR email.

BFA in Art Application Form

To download a form fill PDF of the BFA in Art Application Form, UALR BFA Application Form.

BFA in Art Questions?

If you have any questions about the BFA in Art Program or its application process, please contact us at: bfaquestions@ualr.edu. Please allow at least 72 hours for a response.