Fine Arts Major (B.F.A.)

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Incoming first-year applicants wishing to enter the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program must first apply for, and be admitted to, the bachelor of arts (B.A.) in The Arts: Studio Art option. Students may submit a BFA portfolio after they begin their studies at UNH, as early as their first semester.  Portfolio reviews for the BFA program are held each semester.

The B.F.A. curriculum provides advanced training for students who plan to enter professional graduate school or pursue careers as professional artists.

Students selecting to work toward a B.F.A. degree must complete a minimum of 17 courses and 72 credits, with a minimum grade of C in each course. The following courses are required:

ARTS 480Introduction to Art History4
or ARTS 574 Introduction to Architectural History
ARTS 532Introductory Drawing4
ARTS 546Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory4
ARTS 567Introductory Sculpture4
ARTS 598An Artist's Life4
ARTS 632Intermediate Drawing4
or ARTS 633 Life Drawing
ARTS 798Seminar/Senior Thesis8
ARTS 501Introductory Ceramics4
or ARTS 525 Introductory Woodworking
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
Introductory Digital Photography
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography
Select four courses in one of the major program areas of the department (two must be at the advanced 700-level or the third and fourth workshops of the same medium)16
Select two additional art electives (studio or art history); 2D should take at least one 3D elective and 3D should take at least one 2D elective8
Select two additional 600-level or above art history courses8
Total Credits72

The possible areas of concentration within the department are painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, photography, and furniture design. Proposals for individualized programs are accepted only by permission of the departmental chairperson, the major adviser, and the departmental bachelor of fine arts committee. Candidates applying for the bachelor of fine arts program are required to submit a portfolio to the B.F.A. committee, which meets each semester one week before preregistration.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing ARTS 798 Seminar/Senior Thesis.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.