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Art & Design

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, ID
83844-2471
artdesign@uidaho.edu

Phone: (208) 885-6851

Fax: (208) 885-9428

University of Idaho College of Art & Design

Urban Design Center

Physical Address:
Urban Design Center
University of Idaho
322 E Front Street, Suite 380
Boise, ID 83702
E-mail: caa@uidaho.edu

Phone: (208) 885-4409

Program Requirements

The following is a guide to program-specific requirements for current students.

BFA Art and Design

The BFA is a four-year degree divided into two parts: the pre-professional program (freshman and sophomore years) and the professional program (junior and senior years).

The BFA is a four-year professional degree with focus areas in both Art & Design that prepares you for a wide variety of creative careers and graduate school. This includes coursework in Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Digital Imaging, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing, and Art History and Theory. Incoming freshmen and transfer students to the University of Idaho do not go through an initial portfolio review.

2nd Year Bachelor of Fine Arts Review: During their 2nd year of study in the Art + Design program, students will apply for acceptance into the Professional BFA Program through the 2nd Year Bachelor of Fine Arts Review. Portfolio reviews occur mid-semester in the fall and spring. Majors become part of the professional program once they have successfully completed their 2nd year review. Application requirements are described in the documents below.

2nd Year BFA Review Application
2nd Year BFA Review Checklist

Next Review Deadline: 4:00 p.m., October 6, 2016  AA 112

Please Note: Students may reapply for entry twice. Student accepted must maintain a minimum Institutional GPA of 2.75 and receive a grade of C or better in all 300-400 level art courses. Students accepted into the professional program must complete 15 credits of 300-level studio courses with at least 6 of the 15 credits in one sequential studio area and 6 credits of art history BEFORE registration in ART 490 and ART 495.

Senior Entry Bachelor of Fine Arts Review: In order to proceed into Senior Experience Course work (Art 490 BFA Art/Design Studio and Art 495 BFA Senior Thesis), those in the professional program must submit their work for this review. Portfolio reviews occur mid-semester in the fall and spring. Application requirements are described in the documents below.

Senior Entry BFA Review Application
Senior Entry BFA Review Checklist

Next Review Deadline: 4:00 p.m., October 6, 2016  AA 112

Please Note: If an application is unsuccessful, students may reapply for entry during the following semester review.

For further inquiries or questions, please email streu@uidaho.edu.

MFA, Studio Art 

The University of Idaho’s M.F.A. is a 60-credit concept-oriented, studio degree designed for students eager to explore INTEGRATED approaches to art making and design. Applicants are considered based on the strength of their portfolio and potential rather than a focus on a specific medium. The program fosters exploration in a number of theoretical and practice-based contexts in a vibrant and creative atmosphere.

To apply for this 3-year M.F.A. program, visit Graduate Admissions. The Priority Admission Review Deadline is January 15th, but applications will be considered until April 1st. Admission requirements for the M.F.A. include a minimum 3.0 GPA and an undergraduate degree in a Design or Studio Art area, or its equivalent, with at least 60 undergraduate credits in studio courses, and 12 in art history or a related field. 

Application materials needed for this program include:

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Statement of Purpose:

This 1-2 page document should introduce and express goals for expanding creative and professional practice through the program. This will be uploaded as a “Statement of Career Objectives” through the Graduate School Application Process.

3. Digital portfolio of personal work 

Applicants will upload a digital portfolio showcasing 15 to 20 creative works (details, varying views, and links to videos clips are welcome), the majority of which should present creative focus and showcase a body of work from which advanced in creative pursuits in sought. Identify the title, size, media used, and date of each work presented.  To upload this content easily, please create this portfolio as a PowerPoint or collection of image files and save as a .pdf.  We also accept portfolio website links in place of this complied digital portfolio; if this is your chosen approach, please upload a file including a weblink(s) where you are asked to upload your portfolio in the online application.  

4. 3 letters of recommendation

5. Application Payment Fees

6. Official transcripts and academic credentials

7. TOEFL scores are required by international students. GRE scores are not required for applicants in this program.

Priority deadline for full applications is January 15th. The admissions process closes April 1st.

Art & Design

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, ID
83844-2471
artdesign@uidaho.edu

Phone: (208) 885-6851

Fax: (208) 885-9428

University of Idaho College of Art & Design

Urban Design Center

Physical Address:
Urban Design Center
University of Idaho
322 E Front Street, Suite 380
Boise, ID 83702
E-mail: caa@uidaho.edu

Phone: (208) 885-4409