University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Mar 23, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Art, B.F.A.

The Department of Art, Art History & Design offers many areas of emphasis for students, including art history, ceramics, digital media, graphic arts, painting and drawing, photography and videography, printmaking and sculpture. Students may work in a specific area of specialization or explore a range of practices in a variety of media.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program is an interdisciplinary professional undergraduate studio offering within the Department of Art, Art History & Design. Since its inception in 1997, the BFA program has been in place to provide the greatest level of undergraduate, professional preparation for exceptional art students. The intent is to fully prepare these students to pursue graduate level study or function as professional practicing artists.

The program is interdisciplinary by design; students accepted into the program come from all disciplines within the department including ceramics, digital media, drawing, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. Students work to explore their creative development in an atmosphere that encourages cross-discipline activities and engagement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the historical knowledge, contemporary perspectives and critical and visual sophistication regarding the evolution of art as well as the contemporary practice of art.
  • achieve a high-level mastery and technical competence in studio practice.

Contact Information

Department of Art, Art History & Design
Church Fine Arts, Room 209
(775) 784-6682

College of Liberal Arts Student Center
Thompson Building 101
(775) 682-8745

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 128
  • Cumulative GPA | 3.0
  • University GPA | 3.0
  • Major GPA | 3.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 64 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (15 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9   courses.

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10   courses.

C. Global Contexts - CO11

D. Ethics - CO12

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12   courses.

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

Choose one course:

F. Application - CO14

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO14   courses.

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (63 units)

At least 12 of these units must be completed on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

A. Required courses (30 units)

B. Students choose one sequence (9 units)

C. Selected Courses (24 units)

  • One additional art history course (3 units)
  • Studio art courses at 300 level or above in your area of concentration (12 units)
  • Studio art courses at 100-400 level (9 units)


In addition to the two semesters of ART 450 - Critique Seminar   and ART 498 - Seminar in Visual Arts  required of all BFA candidates, candidates who take more than four semesters to complete this program are required to take ART 450  and ART 498  each additional semester until graduation.

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The Department of Art, Art History & Design accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

VI. Electives (2-8 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

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A. First Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15-16 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (18 units)

  • (3 units)
  • Art Major Emphasis IV (3 units)
  • Science, Technology & Society (3 units) CO9
  • Diversity & Equity (3 units) CO10
  • Additional Art Studio (3 units)
  • Minor (3 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (18 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)