BA vs. BFA
As a full-service University, SU offers both a traditional Bachelor of Arts
(B.A.), which includes a year of foreign language study, as a well as a Bachelor
of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in any of eight different areas of emphasis: Ceramics,
Drawing, Glass, Graphic Design, New Media, Photography, Painting and Sculpture. Most of our
students are B.F.A. majors, giving them the greatest opportunity to develop
strong portfolios before heading off to their next challenge after graduation.
The B.F.A. program is specifically designed to ensure a balance of studio
experiences across a range of areas, even in the junior and senior years. Unlike
some programs where students can become isolated in their area of emphasis, our
curriculum requires continued exploration of alternative approaches throughout
all four years.
In order to enter the B.F.A. program the student must submit a portfolio of 10
examples of their artwork. Currently, we use the portfolio review as a way of
assessing student capabilities as they enter the program. This helps faculty
identify strengths and weaknesses of incoming students. While it is necessary to
submit a portfolio to declare or switch to the B.F.A. major, portfolio
submission status will not keep students from enrolling in individual courses.
However, submitting the portfolio as early as possible is the best way to ensure
good, accurate academic advising.
- Go to salisbury.slideroom.com, and
'sign up' for a SlideRoom account if you don’t already have one. Then, at the
bottom of the page, go to either the “Current Students” program (if you’re a
current student switching your major or degree to BFA), or else the “Incoming
Students” program (if you’re an incoming freshman or transfer student. You
should be ready with 10 digital images of your artwork, along with information
like the title, medium, size and date of the works in your portfolio.
- Current students who are switching their major to B.F.A. must also go the
online Major Change Form
(login required). Once you fill out
the form on line, you still need to print it and bring it to the Art Office,
Fulton Hall 200.
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