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B.F.A. in Art

The B.F.A. degree prepares students to become professional artists, engage in professions in the arts, or continue studies at the graduate level. The division offers instruction in an integrated studio environment in the following media: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, ceramics and digital/hybrid media. The B.F.A. gives students a sound footing in visual, tactile and conceptual capabilities; knowledge of the history, theory and criticism of art; and a range of skills that can be applied to a number of professions within the arts. To earn a B.F.A. the student is required to take a minimum of 66 hours in the Division of Art.

Declaring your major

Students who are dually admitted to SMU and the Division of Art [see Art Admission Page for application guidelines] must enroll in ASAG 1300,1304, 1308, and 1312 in the first year and then meet with their pre-major advisor in order to declare their B.F.A. in Art major by September 1 of their second year.

Students who were not dually admitted must complete four 1300-level courses in Art and then meet with their pre-major advisor in order to declare their B.F.A. in Art major.

Transfer students with 45 or more hours and have completed DISC 1312 should declare their B.F.A. in Art major soon after enrolling at SMU.


Once students have declared their B.F.A. in Art major they should set meetings with both the Division of Art Advisor and a Meadows Degree Counselor to review their degree progress.

See List of Art Courses & their Description

Requirements for the Degree Credit Hours
UC/GEC Requirements varies


  • ASAG 1300 Observation
  • ASAG 1304 Spaces
  • ASAG 1308 Narrative
  • ASAG 1312 Systems


Required Art Courses:

  • ASAG 3310 Art in the World
  • ASAG 3380 Critical Issues
  • ASAG 3390 Group Junior Tutorial
  • ASAG 5310 Professional Practice in Art
  • ASAG 5315 Special Studies in Art


Advanced Art Studies:

  • Selected from Division of Art courses at the 3000 level or higher


Additional Art Studies:

  • Selected from Division of Art courses at any level


Art History:

  • No more than 6 credit hours at the 1000 level. ASAG 3350 may substitute for one 3000-level art history course. Courses in visual culture studies from other divisions may substitute with approval.


Community Experience: MSA 1001 or 1101 FACE: First-year Community Experience


Free Electives (hours vary as needed to meet University residency and degree requirements)


*GEC students are required to complete a minimum of 125 term credit hours, and are exempt from three hours of Perspectives and an additional three hours of either Perspectives or Cultural Formations courses.

Note: All courses in studio art, except lectures and seminars, have a laboratory fee of $30 per credit hour, which is collected by the cashier at the time of enrollment.

Areas of Study



Undergraduate Studies


B.A. in Art

B.F.A. in Art

Fine Arts/Guildhall, B.F.A./M.I.T.


Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)


Faculty and Staff

Graduate Students


Pollock Gallery

Art in Dallas

Travel Opportunities

Student Resources

Student Internships & Collaborations

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Meadows Academy for Young Artists

Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts