Students accepted to the University that indicate “Fine Art” (BFA) or “Studio Art” (BA) as their intended major on their UB application will be block registered into fall semester Visual Studies Foundation Art Program courses on a first-come, first-serve basis. For information on how to apply to UB, contact UB Undergraduate Admissions. At the beginning of the spring semester of the freshman year, students who have earned a GPA of 3.0 or above in their Fall foundations courses will automatically be accepted into the Visual Studies Art Program. Students that have a GPA in foundations courses of less than 3.0 will have to pass a portfolio review/interview during the spring semester of the fresh- man year to be accepted as an Art major. Contact the Academic Advisor, Lisa Hewitt, for more information on the review process.
Currently enrolled UB students with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply to the Visual Studies Department’s Art BA or BFA program. Admission is determined by portfolio re- view and interview, which usually occurs during the fall semester. Freshman Foundation courses are required for all Art BA/BFA degrees. Students are encouraged to take Foun- dations courses before taking upper-level courses.
Students accepted to UB must apply to and be accepted by the Department of Visual Studies Art Program, and must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible to apply. Due to space limitations, a delay could jeopardize admission to the Art major. The only transfer- able courses/credits on a student’s transcripts are ones with a grade B or higher and
are articulated with or evaluated to be equivalent to UB Art courses. Accepted transfer credits will be applied to the department’s degree requirements upon acceptance as an art major.
Transfer students interested in Communication Design must have a portfolio review to be admitted into this concentration.
Honors scholarships are given by the University, not the Department of Visual Studies. See UB Honors Program for further information. Honors students intending to major in Art are automatically accepted to the program without a portfolio review.
The Visual Studies Art Program gives studio art or open elective credit for AP, depending on the score, but this does not waive any departmental requirements.