First things first, how and when do you apply?
When applying to the BFA for the first time, you need to apply in the Spring Semester. Usually it is the Spring Semester of your Sophomore (2nd) year. Now, it says first because if you don't get in the first time you apply, you have 2 more tries to apply to the BFA program. More information on that later though.
How you apply is by turning in a Letter of Intent in around February, then around March is when you turn in a portfolio.
Letter of Intent
- Around 2 paragraphs long
- Describe what you want to do with your art after school
- Can be simple ex. "I want to make money off of my drawings" of course expanded a little more but that is a simple reason you could use
- It let's the department head know how many people are applying for the BFA
- 12-20 pieces showing range of what you do
- figure drawings, sketches (sketchbook page counts as 1 piece), personal projects, traditional and digital work
- Put best pieces in the front
- Portfolio will be on a USB that you turn in. You most likely won't get it back so use a small USB, a 2 GB flash drive is recommended
- Don't be concerned about style, just do your work/do your best
- Don't turn in fan-art or anime/manga style
- All artwork needs to be recent (within the last year)
- Can put class assignments in portfolio
- Make sure to put in figure drawing! Make it strong!
- Can have your teacher(s) look at your portfolio before submitting
Main tip from club was this, DON'T STRESS about it. If you don't get in, then the teachers will tell you what you need to fix and you get 2 more tries. You can reapply starting in the Fall if you didn't get in in the Spring.
Other important keynotes from the meeting about applying:
- You need to be in the BFA for some classes (upper division 400 classes) so DO NOT apply last second.
- Teachers notice your extracurricular, being in club can help you!
- Along with not applying last second, the teachers like to see improvement from your entry portfolio and your leaving portfolio. That shows that you learned something
- Recommended classes to take before applying, besides the required generals, include: Drawing for Illustration, Imagination and Visual Literacy, and a figure drawing class
- Get outside advice on the pieces you want to put in your portfolio. The pieces you may hate may be the ones everyone else thinks are the best. You see all your mistakes, but others may not. It also shows you understand your audience.
- Do a personal project that challenges you and makes you work. It shows you can do a BFA project.
- It is recommended to photograph the traditional drawings you plan on putting in your portfolio instead of scanning.
- Professional-like quality
- 2 lighting sources
- Nice, clean background
- Make sure the computer you are working on shows accurate colors
- practice print sheets to see accuracy
- Link to the BFA Applicaton
- JUST GO FOR IT!!!!!
The second section of advice is about being in the BFA program and class. Basically, what you need when graduating from the BFA. Let's just keep this as a bulleted list as well.
- Keep everything you did for your BFA class
- thumbnails, comps, everything! Show your progress, not just your finished show
- The BFA show you arrange yourself and this is taken during your senior year.
- Your BFA show needs to have a theme. Do something you like and that you want to do once you are out of school.
- You will still have other classes while taking the BFA class
- When it is time for your BFA show, you will need to find your own venue.
- School could be a venue, but there isn't good experiences with this
- Stores, libraries, basically anywhere that will let you keep it up long enough - 2 weeks
- Doesn't have to be near the school/in the Provo/Orem area.
- Have an opening social for your show.
- There is a UVU art gallery at the mall that is available.
Well, that is it for the information gathered at the BFA Q&A. As said at the meeting, there will be portfolios included for you to see what level others were at when they were accepted. (This will be updated as I get the links for them)
Alicia, Club Secretary - BFA Application Portfolio
In other news, each club meeting there will be a raffle to win a print. This week's print winner was Anya. Congrats!
Hope to see you all at the next club meeting. We will be meeting Wednesday, September 28th at 5 to Chalk the Library! We will be meeting on the West-side of the library, the parking side. Come grab some chalk and draw with us on the sidewalk out in front of the UVU Library!