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School of Art majors are building skills across the disciplines of Design, Drawing and Sculpture in the first year.  Coursework in Art History and access to regional arts professionals during this foundational time broaden the scope of what it means to be an artist and provides students on a Bachelor of Art degree path an immersive art education.

Studio Foundations also prepares students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and concentrate within a discipline.  Entry into the BFA requires a successful portfolio review of work made during the first year and completion of all foundation classes.  Studio concentrations include:

  • Animation
  • Art Education
  • New Media and Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking and Drawing
  • Sculpture and Ceramics

Foundations Program

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Foundations Seminar (ART 105) Intermediate Drawing (ART 220)
Drawing I (ART 120) Foundation Design II (ART 240)
Foundation Design I (ART 140) Three-Dimensional Foundations II (ART 253)
Three Dimensional Foundations I (ART 150) Survey of Western Art II (ARH 111)
Survey of Western Art I (ARH 110) GEC Elective (3 credit hours)

Or substitute one of the following for ART 253 or ART 240:

ART 285: Photography I (optional)
ART 286: Digital Photography I (optional)
ARE 260: Art, Education, and Social Practice (optional)

GEC Elective (3 credit hours)

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Survey of Non-Western Art (ARH 112)
Foundations Design II (ART 240)
(if postponed from 2nd semester)
Three-Dimensional Foundations II (ART 253)
(if postponed from 2nd semester)
GEC Electives or 200 level ART classes Students will pursue courses relevant to either the BA or BFA degrees in Studio Art, and in addition should register for classes that fulfill GEC and CAR requirements.

Portfolio Reviewing Times and Deadlines


A portfolio is not necessary when you apply as a first year BA student.  However, after completion of all foundation classes and before earning a total of 28 credit hours in ART or ARE classes, students may apply for entry into the BFA program, which requires a portfolio of 16 artworks.  Traditional students are encouraged to apply in their third semester at UNCG.  Once the 28 credit hour threshold is passed, the student will forfeit their ability to apply for the BFA program. Students who fail the portfolio review may reapply in the following semester. Students may reapply once.

Transfer students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have fulfilled BFA portfolio requirements. Transfer students must complete the UNCG Studio Foundation coursework or be enrolled in the final Foundations classes when applying to enter the BFA degree program. Incoming transfer students who are already above the 28 credit limit in Art or ARE courses must meet with the School of Art Director to discuss the best plan for application.

Students who wish to remain in the BA Studio Art major may continue without a portfolio review. Requirements for the BA in Studio Art are available on a separate program sheet or in the University Bulletin.

Portfolio Review & Application

A portfolio is not required for entry into the School of Art. This portfolio review is for current Foundation Students seeking a BFA in Animation, Art Education, New Media and Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking & Drawing, or Sculpture & Ceramics.

Portfolio Review and Application Form (PDF)

Submission Deadlines for upcoming BFA Reviews:

Fall 2023
September 22, 2023

Spring 2024
February 16, 2024

Fall 2024
September 20, 2024

For questions regarding the portfolio review process, please contact:
Christopher Thomas
Foundations Coordinator
[email protected]
214C Gatewood