Illinois colleges and universities offer two different bachelor's degrees in Art:
the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
degree with a major in Art. In general, because the B.F.A. degree prepares students
for graduate school, it requires 70 or more semester credits in Art, while the B.A.
degree (major in Art) requires about 40 to 50 semester credits in Art. At some schools,
a B.A. degree requires competency in a foreign language, while the B.F.A. degree
To transfer as a junior into either a B.F.A. program or B.A. program with a major
in Art, students should select one of the options below in consultation with an
Art department advisor. Most schools require a portfolio review
for admission to a B.F.A. program, for registration in a second studio course in
a medium and/or for scholarship consideration.
The AA and AFA represent two different tracks in
Studio Art Education. The AA should be pursued by those students
ultimately seeking a liberal arts baccalaureate degree (typically a BA) in the
Studio Arts. The AFA should be pursued by those students ultimately seeking a
professional baccalaureate degree (typically a BFA) in the Studio Arts. The AA
completes the General Education component prior to transfer while the AFA
completes more professional coursework and fulfills the General Education
requirements over the span of a four year degree as do native students
respectively. It is important that transfer students seek advising from their
community college faculty advisor in their first year of study and subsequently
from the receiving school at least a semester before
Beginning students who have not made this academic
decision should begin their studies by completing Art 904 (Drawing 1), Art 907
(Two Dimensional Design), one course in their campus' art history survey
sequence, an English Composition course (C1900 or C1901), and a general
education Math course. These courses apply to both degrees and will allow the
student at least one semester to work with an advisor in setting long
range educational goals.
IAI Art portfolio Information pdf
Be sure to consult the institution you plan on transferring to for course articulations.