WHAT IS THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Apparel & Textile Design, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design are pre-professional programs. These degrees are recommended for students anticipating careers in the practice of art or design, or for students planning on graduate study in either of these fields.

WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS?

In order to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art, Apparel & Textile Design, or Graphic Design students must complete the prerequisite courses, be accepted into the program, and take the required courses as outlined by Michigan State University, the College of Arts & Letters, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE PORTFOLIO REVIEW?

To complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree track, students must be formally accepted into the program through a portfolio review process prior to being fully admitted into the major.

WHEN IS THE PORTFOLIO REVIEW PROCESS COMPLETED?

The review process typically takes place during your second year of study in the middle part of the Fall or Spring semester. Eligible students will be notified via e-mail by their academic advisor when they have completed the requirements and are ready to proceed to the next step of full admission in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree track. Apparel & Textile Design, Graphic Design, and Studio students apply when they have finished or are completing certain courses.

Apparel and Textile Design students must be in their second semester or later at MSU and not yet earned 24 credits in their major. Additionally, the following courses must be complete prior to submitting an application for review:

  1. Four FOUNDATION courses (Concepts & Practices in Contemporary Art & Design, Drawing I, Color & Design, and Three-Dimensional Form)
  2. ATD 111 and are currently enrolled in or have completed ATD 222 or ATD 323

Graphic Design students must be in their second semester or later at MSU and not yet earned 30 credits in their major. Additionally, the following courses must be complete prior to submitting an application for review:

  1. Five FOUNDATION courses (Concepts & Practices in Contemporary Art & Design, Drawing I, Color & Design, Three-Dimensional Form, and Digital Graphic Design)
  2. Are currently enrolled in or have completed STA 360 and 365

Studio Art students must be in their second semester or later at MSU and not yet earned 30 credits in their major. Additionally, the following courses must be complete prior to submitting an application for review:

  1. Four FOUNDATION courses (Concepts & Practices in Contemporary Art & Design, Drawing I, Color & Design, and Three-Dimensional Form)
  2. Are currently enrolled in or have completed the four DISTRIBUTION courses which include one course from each area (2-D, 3-D, Design) and a fourth course of their choice.

Students who have transferred to Michigan State University or who have completed over 30 credits in studio art should contact the AAHD advisor about the application process.

WHAT IS THE PORTFOLIO REVIEW PROCESS?

A committee comprised of a representative group of faculty in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design will conduct the review, examining the student’s portfolio of work, statement of intent, and progress towards degree to determine if their performance to date warrants continued study towards the BFA in Studio Art, Apparel & Textile Design, and Graphic Design.

As part of the review process, you will be asked to submit materials and present your work to the committee in a PowerPoint. This presentation will highlight 15 to 20 images of your best work completed during your time here in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. This meeting with the committee will be approximately 15 minutes long. You will also be asked to answer questions regarding your progress towards your degree and your ambitions for the remainder of your time at MSU.

Prior to submitting your materials you will be required to attend a Portfolio Review Workshop. This workshop will address how to select and document work for your portfolio, specific guidelines for the presentation, and how to prepare a statement of intent.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T PASS THE REVIEW?

Please note that you may only apply to be fully admitted into the BFA degree track twice. If you are not accepted either time, you will be asked to consider the BA degree track.