Art has been part of human culture throughout history. Today, art influences almost every aspect of our lives, from clothing fashions, culinary presentation, and advertising to building and landscape architecture, leisure pursuits, and much more. Artists constantly create art in countless mediums, and art historians study, interpret and document those works and their influence across time.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Art is selective, and interested students must first be admitted to the BA program in art. Once admitted, students should consult a faculty adviser in their major studio art area for guidance on applying to the BFA program.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships available to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Students majoring in art earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. All students begin in the BA program and must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core requirements.
The BA program provides a foundation in art history as well as an understanding of the formal traditions and contemporary practices in studio art. Students take courses in the school's studio arts programs, including ceramics, graphic design, three-dimensional design, drawing, intermedia, jewelry and metal arts, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program in Art
Courses for students in the BA program include:
- Four art history courses
- Two studio art foundation courses
- Two courses in 3D studio art programs: ceramics, intermedia, jewelry and metal arts, sculpture, and 3D design
- Two courses in 2D studio art programs: drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking
- Two upper-level studio art courses and elective courses
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program in Art
BA students interested in pursuing concentrated work in a studio art discipline may apply to the BFA program through a process called "clearance." Clearance is a portfolio review conducted by each discipline once each semester to determine a student's readiness for BFA study. Students who wish to enter the BFA program should consult the faculty in their major studio art discipline for information about the required portfolio review.
BFA students choose one studio art discipline from the areas listed below. (They may not select bookbinding, calligraphy, or papermaking as their discipline.) Although students may choose only one BFA discipline, they gain exposure to other studio areas through the BFA program of study.
- 3D Design
- Jewelry and Metal Arts
Media, Social Practice, and Design
- Graphic Design
Painting and Drawing
Students admitted to the BFA program will complete the requirements of the BA degree as well as additional art hours and studio art course requirements. BFA students also must present a show of their work before they graduate.
See Art and Art History in the UI General Catalog to learn more about this degree and graduating with honors.
BA with Teacher Licensure
Art majors interested in teaching in elementary and/or secondary schools must apply to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Application information can be obtained through the Office of Student Services.
See BA with Teacher Licensure in the UI General Catalog for more information.