Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts Mission Statement

The art program at UW-Platteville is dedicated to high quality instruction in curricula emphasizing art theory, art history, and visual art creation. The curriculum is constructed to provide students with the fundamental background and specialized knowledge needed for analysis, understanding, and creation of visual art. The BFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville prepares students for a professional career in the visual arts or continuing graduate study.

  1. Students will develop a conceptual understanding of art creation, art theory, and art history and how it relates to their work and in a larger social context.
  2. Students will develop and demonstrate a proficiency in technical execution within their chosen medium.
  3. Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate their ideas in writing verbally, and visually through their artistic work, research, papers, critiques, and presentations.
  4. Students will effectively participate in verbal and written assessment of their work and the work of their peers through individual and group critiques.
  5. Students will demonstrate comprehension of global perspectives in visual culture through projects, class discussion, substantive research, formal writing, and presentations.


Admission into the BFA program requires students to submit a portfolio and an essay that will be reviewed by the Art faculty.

Please note that you must be admitted to the University before submitting your portfolio for admission to the BFA program.

  1. Personal Essay:
    Students must include a personal essay with their application to the BFA program. Essays should be 500 words or less and should discuss what influenced their decision to pursue a BFA degree in studio art, graphic design, or art education.
  2. Portfolio:
    Student portfolios should consist of 10-12 high-resolution digital images and should include their best work that shows their ability to pursue a professional degree in the visual arts. Student portfolios could consist of work in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital work, or design. It is strongly encouraged that portfolios provide examples of work in a variety of media.

Art Department News

Art Department News


March 30, 2017

To help fill the growing demand for graduates who can think creatively and become innovative problem solvers in the 21st century, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts will offer two additional degrees in fall 2017: Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education.



ALumna Wins t-shirt design contest

February 24, 2017

Haley Hurst, a 2016 UW-Platteville graduate, was recently chosen as the Milwaukee Brewers' Fan-Shirt Friday Design Contest winner. Her design will be featured on 20,000 shirts and given away at a game this summer.


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