School of Art + Art History

Studio Art

Degrees / Ways to Study

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

UF’s School of Art + Art History offers different levels of exploring and studying studio art. Students can choose from our studio-rigorous BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) programs in Graphic Design or Art (with emphases in Ceramics, Art + Technology, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Creative Photography), or our flexible BA in Visual Art Studies (Bachelor of Arts) where concentration within a specific media is still possible.

BFA students benefit from an in-depth foundations program encouraging exploration and experimentation across a variety of media during the first two years. Although BFA students do intensively focus within one media area during the junior and senior years, they must still take studios outside of the core media focus, thereby allowing for a diverse media experience throughout the entire four years of the BFA education.

The BFA program promotes a rich and intensive studio experience allowing the undergraduate student to take art and design to the maximum depth possible in preparation to be an artist or designer, or to continue further study in art and design via a graduate program, or to even begin a career path directly related to the arts.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The BA in Art provides a wide range of experiences in studio art, including technical and formal concerns, experimental approaches and conceptual development, while also allowing exploration of a significant amount of coursework in other academic disciplines within the University.

The BA in Art allows students to focus on studio art but in a more flexible and less studio-rigorous fashion.  The BA in Art encourages students to consider a double major or dual-degree, minors or certificates in specific art or non-art related disciplines, and/or complete pre-professional requirements for other non-art related programs.  Many students graduating with a BA in Art go on to pursue professional programs in healthcare (medical school, veterinary school, art therapy graduate programs, etc.) and other graduate programs in both non-art and art-related disciplines (i.e., law, business, counseling, etc.).

In comparing the BA and BFA programs within the School of Art + Art History, both allow students to take studios across several different media. However, the BA in Art requires ten less studio courses than the BFA and does not require a media concentration, though having one is certainly possible. The BFA degree requires a studio concentration and is generally recognized as a preparatory step for a working artist or a career steeped in the arts. The BA in Art, however, can either beautifully support a non-art related career or help establish the groundwork towards an art-related career in the future.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

This is a 3 year graduate level program for students who already have a bachelor's degree from a higher education institution. In addition to 60 hours of coursework (including research and a final project in lieu of thesis), graduate students complete formal year-end reviews each spring before moving to the 2nd and 3rd years of the program.

degree requirements (60 credits)
Teaching Art in Higher Education (ARH6386)
Methods of Research (ARE6746)
Professional Practices (ART6897) or approved alternative
Classes in area of specialization for studio majors
Studio electives outside specialization area
Art history electives or approved academic substitutions in visual media courses
Outside SA+AH electives (Research/Discipline Appropriate)
Thesis Research
Thesis Research/Individual Project
Art Minor (Minor)

The Art Minor provides the opportunity to combine creative and artistic practice with other academic pursuits. Students seeking this minor are not necessarily pursuing careers as practicing professional artists; rather, they are looking to enhance their programs of study with an interdisciplinary learning experience that develops their perceptual, creative problem solving and visual communication skills.

This minor is an ideal choice for students who would like to pursue a studio art experience with more depth than just taking a class or two, but who do not have the ability to pursue art as a major. Access to the studio courses can be complex, so it is best to consult with the undergraduate advisor as soon as possible to discuss your plans. Please see the UF Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

Certificate in Ceramics (Undergraduate Certificate in Ceramics)

The School of Art and Art History certificate program enables undergraduate students with a major outside of the visual arts to take a series of classes within the studio arts where clay is used as the art material. Classes expose students to art-making practices within the field of ceramics, develop manual skills in clay forming, increase visual understanding of content in art and enable the student to explore personal decision-making and creative problem-solving in art-making.

For more information, please see the UF undergraduate catalog:

You must meet with the undergraduate advisor to gain access to the required studio courses.

Studio Courses as a Non-Major

For students just wanting to take a class or two, we do offer an array of studio courses designed for non-majors each semester. See ONE.UF and the Registrar's Schedule of Courses for listings. Additionally, students may speak with the undergraduate advisor to learn about taking for-major studio classes on a space available basis.

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