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College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2471


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    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. However, during the second semester of the sophomore year, students will apply for acceptance into the Professional BFA Program through the Art & Design Portfolio Review.

    Application requirements for the Professional BFA Program include:
    1. Completion of foundation art core courses
    2. Completion of 200-level studios (may use courses being taking during the semester of application)
    3. A minimum 2.75 GPA
    4. Statement of Intent (See BFA Portfolio Review Checklist for more information)
    5. Printed copy of UI web transcripts
    6. Digital portfolio of 10 artworks with printed Image List

    BFA Portfolio Review Checklist
    BFA Portfolio Review Application Form

    Next Review Deadline: 4:00pm, March 24th

    Portfolio reviews occur mid-semester in the fall and spring. Students may reapply for entry twice or consider the Bachelor of Arts Degree. PLEASE NOTE: 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.

    For further inquiries or questions, please email

  • Bachelor of Science in Art Education
    The B.S. Art Ed is a four year degree that prepares you to teach studio art and design in public and private schools, museums, and other community art organizations. Once you complete the general university requirements, the art core, and EDCI 201, you must apply for admission into the College of Education teacher education program to complete upper-division courses in the field of education. These courses lead to teacher certification.

    Requirements for the professional program include:
    1. Completion of the art core courses
    2. A minimum 2.75 GPA
    3. Statement of Intent and Interview
    4. Printed copy of UI web transcripts

    For further inquiries or questions, please email  or visit the College of Education's Teacher Education section.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
    The B.A. Art is a four-year degree that provides a broad liberal arts education with an emphasis in Art and prepares you to work in a variety of creative fields. The program combines courses in art, design, humanities, and languages. Students complete the University’s general requirements for B.A. degree including a foreign language requirement. Incoming University of Idaho students do not go through a portfolio review for this degree.

    For further inquiries or questions, please email
  • Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art

    The University of Idaho’s M.F.A. program 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.

    You will apply online for the M.F.A. program through Graduate Admissions. Admission requirements for the M.F.A. include:

    1. 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.
    2. Supporting application materials as required by Graduate Admissions
    3. Digital portfolio of personal work. Please reference MFA Application
    4. 3 letters of recommendation
    5. Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages)
    6. Official Transcripts

    M.F.A. Digital Portfolio Information

    Priority deadline for full applications is Feb 15th. Admissions process closed April 1st.

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