The BFA degree in Art Practices is a more specialized degree in studio art.  It allows you to take a higher number of courses through the Art & Art History Department. Choose this degree if you like to make art at an intense level. Choose this degree if you want to create a personal portfolio, attend graduate school, want a career directly related to the arts, or are interested in pursuing a teaching career at the college level. Requirements include 63 credits of ARTS & ARTH coursework, passing a BFA Portfolio review, completing lower-division required courses, taking the BFA Seminar class and a recommended GPA of 3.0 within Art & Art History.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program offers advanced studio study to a limited number of highly motivated and talented students. The BFA student may choose one area of studio emphasis or an interdisciplinary focus where two or three studio areas are represented. Admission will be l limited not only in terms of capacity but also to ensure the type of record, motivation and the passing of a portfolio review. Upon failure to pass a second BFA Portfolio Review, students will complete a BASA degree.

Eligible students must have completed 30 hours of Art & Art History credit.  It is strongly recommended for students to apply before reaching 45 credits in the major.

Application Due Date: March 1

A portfolio is a collection of works, usually represented by slides, photographs, video, and/or digital images of actual work, which demonstrate concrete evidence of ability. Experts agree that there is no ideal portfolio but in general, the artworks you choose should represent what you consider to be your best works. A recommended book about preparing a portfolio is The Business of Art by Lee Evan Caplin; Prentice-Hall Inc.; Chapter 14 “Preparing Your Portfolio”.

For the most part, you will choose schoolwork and projects successfully completed in class. Your portfolio should be finished works and what you consider to be your strongest pieces. They should reflect your main interests, direction and area(s) of concentration. Choose works that emphasize content and personal style. Also, select works that display your expertise, technical competence, effort and creativity. You may show a series of works with a similar focus in your favorite medium, or you may emphasize an interdisciplinary approach and show completed works that combine disciplines.

Your BFA portfolio must prove a number of things:

  • The samples must demonstrate that you are a creative thinker, an idea person capable of solving visual problems with the promise of continued success.
  • The portfolio must prove that you are capable of following a career path in Art & Art History potentially leading to graduate school or other specialized fields of art.
  • It should also show at least the beginnings of media exploration and expertise as well as the scope of your artistic training.

You will need to assemble the following items in preparation for submitting a digital portfolio in Voice Thread 

  1. BFA Application Form  
  2. Artist’s statement: a typed 1-page essay about your work and intentions as an artist.
  3. Current transcript: a non-official transcript from MyCU Info is acceptable.
  4. Image list with your name, title, media, size and year completed OR video segment list with your name, segment titles, segment description(s), and year completed.
  5. 8-12 images of your creative work. (jpg files, 1280 x 960 pixels recommended) For video files please include a 1-3 minute clip or video stills and a link to the full work in Vimeo in the description.

*If you need help assembling your portfolio, please consult the Visual Resources Center for assistance. lia.pileggi@colorado.edu

  1. Go to Voice Thread and enter your CU Login Name & IdentiKey password.
  2. Click on the “Create” tab to upload your files.
  3. Upload your images and application materials into your Voice Thread “Portfolio”. Don’t forget to resize to the proper dimensions listed above.
  4. In the title box include the number of the image and the title of the work. (example: 1. Clouds) In the description, box includes the following: materials, dimensions, year created, and any other information about the work you would like to include that corresponds to your image list.
  5. Your VoiceThread should resemble the image on the right once you have uploaded your (8-12) images.
  6. Once you have completed your portfolio, you are ready to Share it. Click on the “Share” button, and then click on the “Get a Link” button. Important: In the “Who has access” dialogue box, make sure that the “Anyone to View” box is checked before you click the “Copy the Link” button. You will now click on the “Copy the Link” button, and paste the link in an email that you will send to jean.goldstein@colorado.edu. The title of your email should read “BFA Submission: Last, First”. Instructions for video work: When possible, try to upload moving image work to Vimeo.com. Upload either a short preview clip or a video still to Voice Thread and include the link to the complete work in the description below. If your video work is password protected, make sure to include the password.

We are looking for students who will be able to make excellent work, and work within the schedule required of a BFA student. The student's track record, therefore, is a very important consideration in our decision to accept them into the BFA program. It is important for the student to consult with a faculty member in their area of choice to get a better sense of the expectations for the application. To be a successful applicant, a student should have:

  • an excellent attendance record for their courses,
  • all assignments for courses completed on time,
  • ambitious projects (does more than what is asked of them for each assignment),
  • and clear internal motivation (they shouldn’t rely on external pressure or deadlines to make work in the studio).

In the application, we are looking for:

  • a thoughtful artist statement that demonstrates the student has insight into their own work, and addresses the questions the student is asking themself in their art practice,
  • a body of work that goes beyond assignments completed as classwork; we should start to see cohesion in the work the student is making,
  • a high level of technical proficiency, formal decisions in the student's work that support their ideas, and
  • overall, a carefully constructed application, with good images of the student's work.

Students should feel free to consult with any of the faculty for advice on putting together their BFA application.

BFA Degree Contact Information

Jean Goldstein
Administrative Assistant
jean.goldstein@colorado.edu
(303)492.3580
Main office 330