The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Art is a professional degree program. The BFA prepares students for a variety of art and art-related careers or graduate school by providing a thorough grounding in fundamental principles and techniques with opportunities for emphasis in one or more arts areas. This degree focuses on intensive work in art or design supported by a program of general studies. The BFA degree offers concentrations in (1) graphic communications, (2) drawing and painting, (3) photography (4) printmaking (5) sculpture, (6) ceramics, (7) Illustration, and (8) Sequential Art.
Admission to the BFA Art program is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the program requirements to pursue this degree, outlined below.
Each program of study is a sequentially based curriculum beginning the first semester of the freshman year. Students who delay entering the major until completion of the General Education Core Curriculum may prolong their academic careers. Entrance Portfolio Study in visual arts studio courses may not be initiated until the student has been fully accepted by Kennesaw State University and the School of Art and Design as an art major or art interest major. All prospective art majors are required to complete an application form and submit a portfolio of their artwork.
Admission to degree programs in the School of Art and Design is contingent upon portfolio review and acceptance by the department. Portfolio submission and review must take place before a student can proceed beyond ART 1100 and ART 1150. See the School of Art and Design admission application, portfolio content requirements and portfolio review deadline dates on the KSU School of Art and Design website, https://arts.kennesaw.edu/visual-arts/admissions_portfolio.php Applications and portfolios are sent to the College of the Arts Admissions and Enrollment Office.
Concentration Portfolio Requirements
Students must submit a concentration portfolio for review and acceptance to a concentration. Please see the School of Art and Design website for specific concentration requirements and instructions including how to change concentration and dual concentrations.
Transfer Admission Requirements
Students who wish to transfer into the School of Art and Design from another institution must follow the same admission procedure as all new students. Transfer credits for courses in the studio arts are evaluated by portfolio review. Certain courses that are equivalent to those in the foundation core with a grade of "C" or higher are accepted for transfer students from a USG accredited art program. Beyond these courses, other credits will be reviewed by area concentration faculty.
Second Bachelor Degree, Change of Major or Dual-Degree Admission Requirements
Students are required to submit an entry portfolio. Please direct any additional questions by calling the School of Art and Design office.
Change of Degree Program
Students who wish to change degree programs in art must reapply and gain admission status to the new degree program.
The School of Art and Design holds the exclusive authority to determine appropriate admission level placement, credit evaluation of art courses in studio, art history, and art education.
Continuation in Program
All art students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.25 to remain in the program. Students falling below a 2.25 may have one semester to improve their GPA and continue; if they do not, they are permanently dismissed from the program. Students may not fall below a 2.25 twice; a second incidence will result in immediate and permanent dismissal from the program. BFA in Studio Art majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their concentration areas. Falling below a 3.0 in the concentration or making one grade of "F" in the concentration area will result in dismissal from the concentration. Students dismissed from two concentrations may not continue in the BFA program. All students must make timely and reasonable progress toward the degree. Non-enrollment or withdrawal from all classes for two or more consecutive semesters will require reapplication to the School of Art and Design.
Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.
Program of Study