BA vs. BFA

Notes on your BA degree and how to apply for a BFA degree, from the MSUDenver Art Department:

When you first declare a major in Art or Communication Design, you are automatically in the B.A. program (B.A. in Art or B.A. in Communication Design). The B.A. degrees require you to minor in another academic discipline. If you intend, instead, to major in the Art B.F.A. or Communication Design B.F.A., you must apply for the B.F.A., submitting a portfolio for review. The portfolio is a collection of your best, developing work created within the past two years and should reflect your potential or emerging interests, skills, and willingness to explore, experiment, and express yourself. We are most interested in how you communicate ideas and demonstrate your concept, process, and use of material. We encourage you to take risks, be inventive in how you solve problems, and be transparent about your process.

All students who have declared an Art B.A. or a Communication Design (CDES) B.A. major can submit. Those intending to pursue the Art Education major need to submit.

All B.A. Art and B.A. CDES majors can submit when they have met these criteria:

  • Completion of 21 Art credits (18 hours of Art Foundation courses plus one other 3 credit Art course)
  • Completion of 3 General Studies courses in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy
  • A minimum of a 3.00 G.P.A. for Communication Design majors in CDES major requirements. These are the GPA listed in a “what-if” Communication Design Degree Progress Report under “Major in Communication Design” at the time of submission.
  • A minimum of a 2.75 G.P.A. for Art majors in coursework in ART, ARTH, ARTE, and CDES at the time of submission.

Submit your portfolio at the end of the 6th week of the fall or spring semester. Contact the Art Department for exact dates.

For more information on program offerings and application requirements, please go to the Art Department website:

It is important that all incoming students meet with an Art-specific advisor to discuss their degree options and the transfer of courses. To make an appointment, please call the Art Office at (303) 615-0300.