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BFA in Studio Art

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Studio Art Major, BFA – 2D / 3D / 4D

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in studio art is a professionally-oriented degree intended for those students planning careers or graduate study in the visual arts. To qualify for a BFA in with a major in studio art, students must meet the progression requirements in their concentration. Contact specific program area faculty for review of schedules and details. It should not be assumed that a high grade point average in the concentration itself assures fulfilling progression requirement. Before choosing a concentration, students should contact their faculty advisor to see what options are offered in the event they do not fulfill progression requirements.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts should also consider pursuing a minor in art history.

Transfer students are advised that a minimum of 20 hours in studio courses must be earned at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Students should be cautioned that art courses taken at another institution may not apply toward their concentration. ARTA 212 and ARTA 214 must be taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, if they are to count toward the concentration. Courses not accepted for application toward a concentration may be counted toward other requirements.

No grade below C in art courses may be applied to the Bachelor of Fine Arts major. A minimum of 42 credit hours, 300-level or above, must be earned prior to graduation.


The following core courses must be completed before students can progress into the program as majors and before further art classes can be taken.

ART 101 – Introduction to Studio Art I
ART 103 – Introduction to Studio Art II
ARTH 162*, ARTH 172*, ARTH 173*, ARTH 183* (select one)

Students applying to the School of Art will be admitted into the program in rank order of cumulative grade point average as space allows. The overall record will be evaluated for quality and seriousness of purpose. Excessive absences, withdrawals, incompletes or repeated courses may result in denial of progression. Progression into the School of Art does not guarantee progression into a chosen concentration. Students may be accepted into advanced concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and four-dimensional arts after passing the appropriate progression requirements.



Interested students should make an appointment with the School of Art Associate Director for orientation (865.974.3407).
School of Art Undergraduate Handbook

Art Education

An Art Education Minor is for students seeking licensure to teach art in the public schools. Students need to concurrently pursue either the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in studio art or the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art in the College of Arts and Sciences. The School of Art recommends the Bachelor of Fine Arts. Contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences for further requirements.

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