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Program Requirements 


The Department of Art & Design, located in the Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers an undergraduate program for students electing courses in Studio Areas, Art Education or Art History.

Students gain both a conceptual and technical education, develop a sharper awareness of their surroundings, experiment with different mediums, and form a broader understanding of art and artists.

The following degrees are offered:

Advising Guidelines

Advising guidelines are available in the Department Office. Additional B.F.A. Requirements are available as well.

1. Students must spend the first one to two years in the Comprehensive B.A. or B.S. degree program before applying for admission to the B.F.A. degree program. To apply, students must pass the BFA Review by meeting the following requirements:

a. Complete at least 24 credits, but not more than 36 credits in studio courses including Art 107, 108, 109, 110; complete at least six credits, but not more than 12 credits, toward the Area of Emphasis*.

b. Submit the BFA Review Application and the portfolio to the BFA Review Committee. The committee assesses the quality of the portfolio and makes a decision on admission to the B.F.A. program. The committee will discuss the results of the review with the student and provide the results in writing. Students who do not pass the review may reapply or remain in the B.A. or B.S. degree program.

2. After admission to the B.F.A. program, students must complete at least 36 credits. Portfolio Review Guidelines are available in the Art Department Office.

*NOTE: Transfer students and others, who have earned more than 42 credits, may petition to the Art Department Chair to be eligible. 

Portfolio Requirement

All art majors are required to develop a portfolio containing selected examples of their work in order to participate in the B.F.A. Reviews. These reviews are established to help advise and assess the development of student work. The B.F.A. Review serves as the entrance requirement into the B.F.A. degree program. Portfolio Review Guidelines are available in the Art Department Office.

Art Education Requirements

Students who wish to earn Comprehensive Art Teaching licensure in addition to the B.F.A. degree must complete additional credits in education (54 cr.) , psychology (4 cr.), communications (3 cr.), as well as: Art 244, 249, 264, 281, 312, 357, 367 and Art History 324 or 335. They must be admitted to the School of Education which is competitive and requires a resident and total GPA of 2.75 or better, have a C or better in English 110, and have passed the Praxis I (PPST) and the Praxis II exams.

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