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Application and Admission: Art–B.S. and BFA

New freshmen and off-campus transfers are admitted directly to the B.S.–Art degree program. Both Art degree programs currently admit on-campus students to begin in the fall, spring, and summer. Please be aware that admission criteria may change from one admission period to the next.

Criteria for Admission

Eligibility for admission consideration to B.S.–Art:

  • Cumulative grade point average on all transferable college-level course work of at least a 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). Grade point averages are calculated from both Madison campus course work and course work taken at any other colleges or universities. Note: Both the cumulative GPA and the cumulative GPA based on the last 60 credits will be calculated. The higher of the two will be used for program selection. See Last 60 Credits Rule, below.
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5 based on UW–Madison campus course work, as modified by the Last 60 Credits Rule.
  • Filing of all required paperwork, including professional program application and transcripts. Application must be signed by the Art department advisor.  

Eligibility for admission consideration to the BFA program: 

  • Previous B.S.–Art status.
  • Cumulative grade point average on all transferable college-level course work of at least a 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale). Grade point averages are calculated from both Madison campus course work and course work taken at any other colleges or universities. Note: Both the cumulative GPA and the cumulative GPA based on the last 60 credits will be calculated. The higher of the two will be used for program selection. See Last 60 Credits Rule, below.
  • Completion or concurrent enrollment in the following courses: Art 107 and 104, 108 and 208, 112 and 212, and one course in each of the 2D, 3D, 4D and graphics studios.
  • Completion of Art 102 (Art 107 can substitute) and 104, 108 and 208, 112 and 212, 222, 232 or 312, and one introductory course in both a 3D studio and a (graphics) printmaking studio. Application may be made during the semester that these courses will be completed.
  • Minimum 3.0 art studio course GPA.
  • Portfolio review. The portfolio must be submitted only after all prerequisite course work has been completed or during the semester the courses will be completed. The portfolio must contain images of work completed in college art courses. Specific portfolio requirements will be announced prior to scheduled reviews, held near the end of the fall and/or spring semesters. Students not accepted into the BFA program will be encouraged to continue in the B.S.–Art program and will be allowed to present their portfolio for review one additional time.

Application Procedures

On-campus students should obtain a professional program application form. Complete and submit the application, as well as transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended, to Education Academic Services, Room 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, at any time during the academic year. Applications cannot be processed without a complete academic record. (A transfer credit evaluation cannot be accepted in place of a transcript.) The program application must be signed by the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Art; call 608-262-1660 to schedule an appointment.

Students who are not currently on-campus undergraduates must file an undergraduate application with the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment, 702 West Johnson Street, Suite 1101, Madison, WI 53715-1007. See Admissions for applications and deadlines. Note that off-campus transfer students will be held to the UW–Madison admission GPA requirements. BFA candidates cannot transfer directly into the BFA program; instead, they will be admitted to campus as if pursing a B.S.–Art degree (ART classification) and can apply for the BFA program once enrolled on campus. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Art Department advisor prior to coming to campus. Call 608-262-1660 to schedule an appointment.

Last 60 Credits Rule

Two grade point averages will be calculated to determine candidates' eligibility and selection to programs. GPAs will be calculated using (1) all transferable college level course work attempted, and (2) the last 60 credits attempted. The higher GPA of these two will be used for purposes of admission. If fewer than 60 credits have been attempted, all credits will be used to calculate the GPA. Graded graduate course work will also be used in all GPA calculations. ("Attempted" course work indicates course work for which a grade has been earned.) For more information on this rule, see this link.

Students with a Previous Degree

Persons who already hold an undergraduate degree are admitted to the School of Education as either an Education Special student or a Second Degree student, depending on their interests and academic background. The term "Special student" indicates that the student has an interest in pursuing certification in a subject area studied during the initial degree; the student does not receive a degree for this "certification only" course work. Second Degree students are seeking a second, unrelated degree from the School of Education, which may, or may not, include teacher certification. Candidates for limited enrollment programs must meet all admission eligibility requirements for the program and must compete with the eligible applicants for program admission. See this link for more details.