University of New Mexico
Department of Art and History

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)

The BFA is awarded in Studio Art. Designed as an interdisciplinary degree, it is possible to specialize in a particular discipline or to combine disciplines, based on an individualized course of study. You will explore at least one medium extensively while being exposed to the range of practices in art through extensive studio and art history course work. Within the photography program, this allows you to gain knowledge from several courses on the history of photography and apply it to intensive upper-level studio classes over the course of several semesters, resulting in a deeply explored, refined body of work.

The BFA is designed for students who anticipate further study at the graduate level or going on to professional practice. The degree requires 128 credit hours of study. 52 hours of these are required from art studio courses, 9 of which must be from 400 level classes. 18 hours are required from a selection of Art History courses. In addition, maintaining a high GPA is expected and falling below a 3.2 might result in removal from the program. Particulars of the requirements of the degree as well as a suggested course of study can be found at: http://finearts.unm.edu/images/pdf/BFA_ARTS.pdf

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Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (B.A.)

The BA in Art Studio allows some flexibility in taking studio courses and university-wide studies. It is best suited to those wishing to take their art studies from a variety of disciplines and/or to combine those classes with studies outside the field of art studio. A Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art does not require the same concentration of courses or commitment required for the BFA. In the photography program this allows you to combine photography studio and history courses with other studio practices while allowing deep exploration of outside fields. The degree requires 128 credit hours of study. 33 hours are required from studio courses, with 9 of those hours being upper division (300 level and above). 15 hours from a selection of Art History courses are required. Particulars of the requirements of the degree as well as a suggested course of study can be found at: http://finearts.unm.edu/images/pdf/BAFA_ARTS.pdf

>> Download a flow chart of the courses in photography
>> Download B.A. full curricular requirements

Minor Study in Art Studio

The minor in art consists of 24 semester hours. Students must complete Drawing I, Art Practices I, and Art Practices II (ARTS 106, 125, 126) plus 15 hours of Art Studio electives, out of which 6 hours must be upper-division. For additional information, contact the Fine Arts Advisement Center, room 1102 in the Center for the Arts: 505.277.4817.


Bachelor of University Studies

The B.U.S. program is ideal for students with aspirations that require inter- or multi- disciplinary study. Plans of study may be thematically based, or specialized in two specific subject areas. They can be taken from multiple disciplines within a single college or school, or across multiple schools and colleges. A Bachelor of University Studies allows you to design a program of study in photography and combine studies specifically tailored to your interests/needs from anywhere in the university. Students in the B.U.S. program complete all courses required in the University Core Curriculum and design an individual 36+ credits plan of study leading to a baccalaureate degree. You can find a complete description of the program at: http://bus.unm.edu


Undergraduate Admission Requirements


Pre-Major Status
Because of the nature of the arts, students are expected to begin courses in their intended major beginning in their first semester of enrollment at UNM. Beginning freshmen will be eligible for enrollment in the College of Fine Arts, as pre-majors, if they indicate an interest in one of the disciplines in fine arts on their general UNM admissions application and meet general admission requirements to the University. Transfer students may be admitted as pre-majors based upon review of their academic records, and possibly a review of their portfolio. Determination will be made at time of submission of general UNM admissions application. If further information is needed, students will be contacted by the CFA Advisement Office.

Students will remain in pre-major status until they make formal application to become a declared major or until they have exhausted their eligibility in pre- major status. Students should submit an application to become a declared major during the semester when they will satisfy eligibility requirements. However, students must submit an application to become a declared major no later than during the semester in which they will earn a cumulative of 66 credit hours for consideration for the following spring or fall semester. If they do not yet meet the requirements to become a declared major (see full details below) by the time they have attempted 72 credit hours and earned 66 cumulative credit hours, they must be admitted into another degree granting unit of the University. Holds will be placed on pre-major students that will prevent them from registering for future semesters if they have exhausted their eligibility in pre- major status.

Admitted students who need to take an Introductory Studies (IS) course will be enrolled in University College and advised in the College of Fine Arts Advisement Center and the University College Advisement Office. Sometimes, a student is qualified for admission to the University, but he or she may be required to take one or more Introductory Studies (IS) courses. These courses are designed to strengthen a student's preparation for university-level work. Required enrollment in these courses is based upon established minimum standards of performance on individual tests (ACT or SAT). Students required to take these courses must do so in their first semester(s) at the University of New Mexico, and they must do so before they are eligible to proceed to other courses in those areas or to enroll as a pre-major or, declared major in the College of Fine Arts. Please refer to the Catalog section under University College for further details.


Declared Major Status
Due to limitations of facilities and faculty, enrollment in certain curricula offered by the College of Fine Arts is limited. Since the number of well-qualified students seeking admission to these curricula sometimes exceeds the number that can be accommodated, successful completion of the minimum requirements as stated below is not a guarantee of admission. Applications for admission in some fields of study are screened on the basis of auditions, interviews, and/or evaluation of portfolios, with selection of successful applicants made on a competitive basis.

Students will graduate under the requirements in the UNM Catalog in effect at the time of their admission (or readmission) into the College of Fine Arts as declared majors. The University of New Mexico reserves the right to make changes in the curricula and degree requirements as deemed necessary, with the changes being applicable to currently enrolled students.


Admission from College of Fine Arts
Pre-Major Status, University College,
or another College/School within
the University

To be eligible for admission as a declared major in the College of Fine Arts, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 26 hours of earned credit.
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.50 in all hours attempted or, a grade point average of at least 2.50 in the last 30 hours attempted.
  3. Competency in English writing as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 29 or higher on the English section of the ACT examination or 650 SAT verbal, or completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better, or receiving credit through Advanced Placement Exam.
  4. Competency in Mathematics as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 19 or higher on the Math section of the ACT examination or 450 SAT math, or completion of MATH 120 with a grade of C or better, or placement into college-level Math by Compass exam.
  5. Completion of 12 credit hours of course work in the major area with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  6. Students seeking the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music Education degree must also have approval to concentrate in the appropriate instrument or voice. Refer to the Music section for additional admission requirements to the instrumental and voice programs and the Bachelor of Music Education program.
  7. Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media must also be admitted through the IFDM selection process and have completed the first two IFDM core courses with grades of C or better.
  8. Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Dance must also be approved to enter the program by audition/interview. Contact the Theatre and Dance department office for further details.

If you plan to major in one of the departments in the College of Fine Arts, you should transfer to the college as soon as the above requirements have been completed. To apply for transfer, go to the College of Fine Arts Advisement Center located in the Center for the Arts, room 1102, to obtain and submit the application for admission as a declared major. Applications are accepted during the fall and spring semesters.


Transfer from other accredited institutions
If you are transferring to the University of New Mexico after having studied at another college or university, you may be eligible for admission directly into the College of Fine Arts. The College or Department Advisor will help you determine transfer credits and will direct you to the Area Rep for Photography in order to determine equivalencies on courses you may have already taken.

The screening procedure and admission requirements are the same as those described above for admission to become a declared major.




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