Jul 13, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Art Studio, BFA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine and Performing Arts

121 credits


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the professional undergraduate art degree.

It is a selective expanded program focused on a year-long development of a professional body of work, culminating in a Western Gallery exhibition and catalog.

Why Consider an Art Studio Major and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Major?

To continue beyond the Art Studio, BA degree and learn to create, interpret, analyze, and make informed judgments about art, studio concepts and practices at an advanced level.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Lisa Turner
Fine Arts 212

Art Major Information
Fine Arts 116


 Sample Careers

Art Educator | Exhibiting Artist | Exhibit Designer | Gallery Director | Photographer | Curator

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Application deadline is January 31st and the results will be announced prior to the end of winter quarter. Most classes in the Studio area are restricted to majors only. To access classes in this area, an online application to the Department of Art and Art History is required at cfpa.wwu.edu/art/admissions. The application will include a portfolio of recent work and an unofficial transcript of any college-level courses already taken.

Following acceptance to the BFA program, a committee of at least two Art faculty members will be formed to work with the student throughout the year. An additional faculty member from outside the Department may be invited by the student to serve on their committee. Studio faculty must approve the third committee member. All students must begin their BFA studies in the fall quarter.

Grade Requirements

Admission to the BFA is based primarily on the strength of the portfolio. A 3.0 minimum GPA within the Art major and overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.


Additional Requirements:

During the BFA program students spend three quarters creating a self-determined body of artwork. Attention is given to the medium(s), method(s), and the content of the creative activity. Evaluation by the student’s full committee occurs during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. At the culmination of the project each student is required to exhibit their completed work in the Western Gallery. In addition, the student is required to submit a research-driven artist’s statement that supports the individuals own intellectual and creative achievement. The student’s final review with full committee will be scheduled during the period of the student’s exhibition. This is an opportunity for the student to discuss and defend their work.

Failure to meet these requirements on schedule will be considered as unsatisfactory progress and may result in the student completing the Bachelor of Arts degree only.

Departmental Honors

In addition to the general requirements for all honors students, an art major who wishes to graduate with honors must complete an honors senior project in art.

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