Department of Performing and Creative Arts
 BFA Letter

Dear Art/Photo student and prospective BFA in Art degree applicant:
We are writing to inform you of our BFA degree in Art and our program requirements.
The BFA in Art is intended for students who have serious ambitions towards becoming practicing artists and/or photographers who may also aim to further their studies with an advanced degree. Students applying to the BFA in Art program must demonstrate a strong commitment to studio work outside of class time.  The program provides intensive instruction in art history, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture as well as a broad liberal arts education. The BFA in Art offers 2 different concentrations: Art/Studio or Art/Photography.
All students initially enroll in the BA in Art or the BA in Art/Photography. 
Students may apply for admission into the BFA in Art program providing they fulfill the following requirements:
1.  Completion of Pre-Major Requirements:  17 credits
A 3.0 GPA is required in the following courses: ART 120/Introductory Drawing, ART 200/ Art to the Renaissance and ART 201/Art since the Renaissance; additionally 2 of the following 3 courses: ART 130/Introductory Painting, ART 150/Introductory Sculpture, or PHO 101/Introductory Photography*. Students interested in the Photography Concentration must take PHO101 as one of the two pre-major required courses. You are strongly advised to complete the 100 level courses and ART 200 and ART 201 within your first 60 credits.
2.  Presentation and evaluation of your portfolio to a committee comprised of CSI art and photography faculty.

  • The portfolio presentation for drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture applicants should include 15-20 works.
  • The portfolio presentation for photography applicants should include a complete photographic body of work.

All portfolios should contain a significant number of works created both independent of class and representative of studio work completed from your pre-major requirements.
To assist applicants, we strongly encourage you to attend our preliminary portfolio review hosted by the BFA faculty on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 2:30 PM- 5:30 PM.
We recommend you bring 20-30 of your strongest works to this review.
3.  For BFA consideration, submit the attached application form, portfolio and signed letter of intent prior to Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 

to: Deborah Meise, Administrative Assistant Deborah.Meise@csi.cuny.edu

Portfolios and applications will be reviewed once per year. No late submissions will be accepted. Applicants will be notified before the end of the spring semester.

If you are currently enrolled as a BA or BS student and would like to apply for admission to the BFA program, we encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with one of our BFA advisors and to review our BFA requirements: 

Best regards,
Professors Jones, Tracey.Jones@csi.cuny.edu 
Professor Reinhardt, Beatrix.Reinhardt@csi.cuny.edu
Professor Weil, Marianne.Weil@csi.cuny.edu
Professor Verene, Chris.Verene@csi.cuny.edu
Professor Aragón, Aragon.Miguel.a@gmail.com

Download a printable PDF of the BFA application form here