Fine Art (BFA)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2009 - Spring 2010 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

Major: ART

Degree: BFA

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

The B.F.A. degree is primarily intended for professionally oriented art students and for those planning to pursue graduate work in the studio arts. Admission is selective, and enrollments may be limited. Enrolled University of Louisville students may apply for admission to the BFA program upon completion of the Foundation Program and the introductory course to the area of concentration, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in studio art courses. Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.25 or above to remain eligible for the BFA program.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

General Education

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education requirements and the courses that fulfill them. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.


General Education 34
Minimum Total 34

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements


General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 9
(in addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above)                               
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above
(may be incorporated into other degree requirements)
Total 10

Department of Fine Arts


Art 105, 106, 115, 116 12
Art History 2501, 270, 290 (select 2)
Art History elective at the 300 level or above 6
Studio Art electives at the 300 level 6
Minimum electives in Studio Art or Art History at the 300 level or above to bring total hours in Art and Art History to 61 6-15
Studio Art Concentration (listed below) 16-25
Minimum Total 60-61


Interior Architecture: (25 hours) - Art 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 596

Communication Art and Design: (21 hours) - Art 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576, 598

2-D Studios: (16 hours) - Art 501, 502, 505, 506, 507, 541, 542, 543, 551, 552 553, 554, 555,  (select 5); and ART 597

3-D Studios: (16 hours) - Art 511, 521, 522, 523, 531, 532, 533, 534, 581, 582, 583, 584, (select 5); and ART 597

Supporting Courses


Humanities 591, 592, 593, 594, 595 or 596 3
Electives in Humanities disciplines, other than Art or Art History, at the 300 level or above 15
Minimum Electives
[No electives are required in this program;
students who fulfill general education requirements with
courses in the major or supporting courses may have electives.]
Minimum Total 121

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

A grade of C- or better is required in all 300 and 500-level courses in the major.

1 Fulfills General Education requirement.

*60 hours minimum total for Communication Art and Design concentration; 61 hours minimum total for all other concentrations.

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