Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Fine arts students painting outdoors

What is fine arts?

Whether you plan to work as an artist or pursue graduate studies, our fine arts degree will prepare you with a solid foundation in art history and studio art. Students admitted to the studio arts program may submit a portfolio of work to be considered for the B.F.A. Through your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a broad array of media, with access to facilities including our sculpture, ceramics, and woodworking and furniture design studios.

Why study fine arts at UNH?

You’ll develop and refine your creative vision while in the fine arts degree program at UNH, also gaining a practical understanding of what it takes to survive as a working artist. You’ll find inspiration through the Museum of Art and Paul Creative Arts Center on campus, and within the arts-rich community of Portsmouth just minutes away. The fine art museums of Boston are within an hour’s drive. You’ll also meet and learn from artists and historians from around the world through our Visiting Artists & Art Historians program.

Potential careers

  • Commercial artist
  • Fine furniture maker
  • Professional artist
  • Professor


Eileen Wong

Academic/Student Services Assistant
Phone: (603) 862-3820
Office: Art & Art History, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

Incoming first-year and transfer applicants wishing to enter the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program must first apply for, and be admitted to, the bachelor of arts (B.A.) in The Arts: Studio Art option. Students may submit a B.F.A. portfolio after they begin their studies at UNH, as early as the spring semester of their first year. A full faculty review is held each spring semester.

The B.F.A. curriculum provides advanced training for students who plan to enter professional graduate school or pursue careers as professional artists.

Students selecting to work toward a B.F.A. degree must complete a minimum of 17 courses and 72 credits, with a minimum grade of C in each course. The following courses are required:

ARTS 480Introduction to Art History4
or ARTS 574 Introduction to Architectural History
ARTS 532Introductory Drawing4
ARTS 546Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory4
ARTS 567Introductory Sculpture4
ARTS 598An Artist's Life4
ARTS 632Intermediate Drawing4
or ARTS 633 Life Drawing
ARTS 798Seminar/Senior Thesis8
ARTS 501Introductory Ceramics4
or ARTS 525 Introductory Woodworking
Select one of the following:4
ARTS 551
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
ARTS 552
Introductory Digital Photography
ARTS 536
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
ARTS #537
Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography
ARTS 596
Special Topics in Studio Art (Intro Graphic Design)
Select four courses in one of the major program areas of the department (two must be at the advanced 700-level or the third and fourth workshops of the same medium)16
Select two additional art electives (studio or art history); 2D should take at least one 3D elective and 3D should take at least one 2D elective8
Select two additional 600-level or above art history courses8
Total Credits72

The possible areas of concentration within the department are painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, photography, and furniture design. Proposals for individualized programs are accepted only by permission of the departmental chairperson, the major adviser, and the departmental bachelor of fine arts committee. Candidates applying for the bachelor of fine arts program are required to submit a portfolio to the B.F.A. committee, which meets each spring semester.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing ARTS 798 Seminar/Senior Thesis.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program.

Fine arts majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.