2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Studio Art (B.F.A.)

College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design, Visual Arts Building, Room: 117

Email: svadadvising@ucf.edu

Phone: 407-823-2676

The BFA degree prepares students for professional practices and is recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school. The BFA degree provides a solid foundation in techniques and theory in focused areas of competence. The School affirms that a theoretical and working understanding of the historical meanings and studio applications of the human image are critical in the education of Visual Art and Art History students. To develop such an understanding, Art courses often utilize images of clothed and unclothed human figures and, in certain studio classes, live nude models.

Admission Requirements

  • All students in this program must satisfactorily complete the mandatory ART 3950 - Portfolio Review  before enrolling in upper division ART courses. This portfolio is typically submitted the semester prior to enrolling in upper division ART courses. The Spring review takes place in the first week of March. The Fall review takes place in the first week of October.
  • Students unable to satisfactorily complete ART 3950 - Portfolio Review  may continue in the Art History or the Visual Art and Emerging Media Management tracks.
  • Students may apply to the BFA Program as early as the first semester of their Junior year if they maintain a 3.0 overall average in upper level courses in the major. Students who do not meet these requirements may petition the BFA committee for acceptance.
  • “C-” (1.75) or below grades from other institutions do not meet departmental requirements.
  • Note: One-on-one portfolio reviews are not possible due to the large number of received portfolios.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog by filing a catalog year change with their degree change form.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 18 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the School of Visual Arts and Design. Nine of these must be in an area of specialization.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each required course; however a GPA of 3.0 or higher must be achieved in the major requirements.
  • BFA students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in all major requirements.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in the major.
  • Students should consult with a School advisor, and an advisor in their studio specialization.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Take all of the following: (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

1 (may substitute a higher level math)

Math (3 Credit Hours)

Statistics-Computers (3 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (18 Credit Hours)

See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information

Core Requirements: Basic Level (6 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements: Advanced Level

Restricted Electives (42 Credit Hours)

A list of approved restricted elective courses is found in the myKnight audit.

Specialization: (18 Credit Hours)

Select six upper division courses from one area:

1 May be repeated for credit.

Ceramics/Sculpture Combination


Drawing/Printmaking Combination

Drawing/Illustration Combination


Electives in Art: (15 Credit Hours)

  • Select five Art courses; two of which may be lower division. Select from at least three of the following areas, excluding the area of specialization: Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Special Topics Studio Courses. May include a maximum of six hours Independent Study, Practicum, and Internship.

Additional Electives (9 Credit Hours)

  • Select three upper division Art History courses.

Capstone Requirements

  • None


  • Select primarily from upper level courses, with school advisor’s approval. May be outside of the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Met by graduation requirement


  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a single foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for languages may be used to meet the requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

  • Achieve at least a “B” (3.0) GPA in all major requirements.
  • Each senior is required to submit a portfolio of representative work in the student’s specialization, for review and approval by faculty, during their last semester of matriculation toward the degree. This requirement is met by registering in ART 4935 - BFA Exhibit/Seminar . Please note that the seminar is only offered during the Spring semester.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • Acceptable Substitutes for common program prerequisites if taken prior to transferring to UCF:
  • GRA 2101C *. A student may substitute any three hour digital art course; however, GRA 2101C  is a prerequisite for subsequent art courses and will need to be taken for the major.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $31.50 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $63 per term

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)

  • ART 3950 - Portfolio Review Credit Hours: 0
  • ARH Upper Level Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Foreign Language Elementary Level 1 Credit Hours: 4
  • Specialization Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Any 2000-400 Level Art Studio or Media Course Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

  • ARH Upper Level Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Foreign Language Elementary Level II Credit Hours: 4
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Specialization Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Specialization Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (18 Credit Hours)

  • ARH Upper Level Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Specialization Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Specialization Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • ART 4935 - BFA Exhibit/Seminar Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Specialization Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level Elective Credit Hours: 3