Art Department

Degrees

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Siyuan Wang with graduation regalia
Siyuan Wang, MFA graduate in Computer art

The Master of Fine Arts is the terminal degree in studio art. Our MFA program is a three-year, 60 credit studio art program. The MFA degree provides artists with the necessary background to compete in state, national and international vacancies. Career opportunities include placement in state and federal arts organizations, galleries, museums, colleges and universities. This degree includes courses in contemporary art world issues, the historic role of the artist and art of the circumpolar north. Study is two-thirds in studio art. The degree culminates in a solo gallery exhibition.

Applying to MFA Program

MFA Program Requirements (UAF Main Catalogue)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is an undergraduate studio art degree. The BFA degree is professionally oriented and designed to prepare students for careers in art. This degree is also the usual prerequisite for graduate studies in art.

Admission to the BFA program requires a portfolio review by the art faculty .  This review is generally done in the junior year. Enrollment in the BFA program is recommended only for those students willing to make the considerable commitment of time and energy necessary to strive for professional competence in their major areas. Career opportunities for the BFA degree include artist, designer, arts administrator, art teacher, gallery and museum administrator, and related fields.

Applying to BFA Program

BFA Program Requirements (UAF catalogue)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The BA degree emphasizes written and oral communication skills, creative thinking, critical analyses of texts, understanding cultures, and a working knowledge of social, political and historical contexts. The degree is typically pursued by students whose major areas of study are directed toward humanities, arts and social science disciplines.

BA Requirements and Courses (UAF Main Catalogue)

Minor in Art

A minor is a component of a UAF baccalaureate degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degrees require a minor. You must satisfactorily complete the requirements for a minor before a BA or a BAS degree is awarded. A minor is optional for Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.To satisfy the minor requirements in Art, the student must complete the designated art courses determined by the Art Department.

Minor in Art Course Requirements (UAF Main Catalogue)