Enrolled students interested in majoring in a program in the Department of Art + Design may apply for major via ULink. Incoming and transfer students must be accepted by the University first, and then may apply for major.
Note: All students begin in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program. Students interested in pursuing a degree track in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program must first be admitted into the BA track in Studio Art.
Admission to Bachelors of Arts (BA) Program
To qualify for admission to the Department of Art + Design, students must:
- Be admitted to the University in Good Standing,
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and
- Meet the minimum overall grade point standards for the College of Arts & Sciences.
Note: 200-level studio art foundations courses (e.g., ART 205, 206, and 207) are restricted to majors only.
Note: Students interested in pursuing a degree track in the BFA Program must first be admitted into the BA track in Studio Art.
Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA ) Program
The Department of Art + Design offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art with three tracks: Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. Admission is selective and enrollments are limited.
To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), students must:
- Be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art, track in Studio Art (see above),
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a minimum departmental GPA of 3.0, and
- Have completed the required program prerequisites (see below for additional details).
Primarily intended for professionally oriented art and design students, and for those planning to pursue graduate work in the studio arts or to assume leadership positions in the fields of graphic or interior design, the BFA degree provides the opportunity for students to go into more depth in their chosen area.
BFA Program Application Criteria
To apply for the BFA Program, you must meet the following criteria:
- You are an accepted major in the BA in Art, track in Studio Art (see above), and are currently enrolled in the Studio Art program.
- You have completed the Foundations Program in studio art or equivalent.*
- For Graphic Design you must enroll in DES 205 Foundation Design Methods and apply via that course (taught in Spring).
- For Studio Art and Interior Design, you must have completed, or be currently enrolled in, the 300 or 500-level course in the concentration area(s) for which you are applying and with the faculty member with whom you would like to work (e.g., ART 361 for Interior Design, ART 301 for Studio Art concentration in painting, etc.).
- GPA: You must have a minimum departmental GPA of 3.00, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
BFA Application Deadlines
- Studio Art: April 15 (for fall admission) Nov 15 (for spring admission)
- Graphic Design: April 15 (for fall only admission) via DES 205 (taken in spring)
- Interior Design: Nov 15 (for spring only admission) via ART 361
To request an Application for Admission to the BFA program please email Hite@louisville.edu.