Skip to main content

Search NYU Steinhardt

BFA exhibition

BFA, Studio Art

Earn Your BFA in NYC

Our degree is designed for students who want an intensive and innovative studio art practice with an outstanding education in the liberal arts. A thorough grounding in art history and critical theory allows you to explore complex issues in your work. This interdisciplinary degree mixes rich visual traditions with emerging forms and ideas that encourage students to envision fresh new ways of making art.

BFA student work in studio

Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Full-time or Part-time
Start Date
Application Deadlines
Early Decision 1
Regular Decision and Early Decision 2
Internal Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications

Located in the heart of New York City, the center of the international art world, the BFA in Studio Art at NYU Steinhardt allows you to participate directly in the evolution of contemporary culture, viewing exciting exhibitions, holding internships, and attending important lectures and live performances as they happen. Because our degree offers the vast academic resources of a major research university as well as a studio faculty of accomplished professional artists, we are able to prepare students for meaningful careers in the arts, while exposing them to a rich cultural environment that far exceeds the scope of more narrowly defined art programs.

Our First–Year Foundation Program is focused on studio and critical art theory courses that will enable you to explore many forms of philosophy and art making. You will develop technical and analytical skills, as well as creative discipline and a clearer understanding of the relationship between art and society.

Sophomore through junior years, you will take core liberal arts classes and choose studio courses in consultation with an advisor. 

Senior Studio is a yearlong course that every BFA candidate enrolls in for their final year. This class provides a concentrated, non-media-specific forum for you to receive rigorous feedback from faculty and peers as you create a body of work for a Spring semester thesis exhibition. Senior Studio dovetails with every senior receiving a private studio in the 12,000-square-foot studio facility located at 20 Cooper Square, which is composed of 62 individual studios, a student lounge, computer stations, two 60” monitors, a projector for digital work, plus four installation areas for critiques. Each studio is outfitted with a work table and locking storage.

Through participation in our degree, we expect you to develop in the following areas:

  1. A broad base of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, which complements the art-making process and provides you with opportunities to interpret the meaning of you artwork.
  2. Demonstrating technical expertise related to the meaning of the artwork.

  3. Understanding of historical and contemporary art modes, coupled with the development of language-based and theoretical models for contextualizing your artwork.

  4. Ability to critique–to identify aesthetic/content problems–in the work of others and self.

  5. Self-discipline.

  6. Ability to demonstrate initiative and ingenuity in devising and sustaining a plan of experimentation or action.

  7. Ability to use research and other resources in the completion of artworks.

  8. Risk-taking in artwork; willingness to experiment and maintain an open mind.

  9. Awareness and avoidance of banality and superficial levels of sophistication.

  10. Growth/development toward a personally constructed conceptual direction in your artwork.

Barney Building facilities include studio classrooms and workshops for sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, and sewing; photography labs, a fabrication lab; digital labs; and printing studios.

The Commons is an exhibition and performance space with beautiful two-story clerestory windows. Rosenberg Gallery is our white-box space for installations. Student exhibitions change every 2–3 weeks.

20 Cooper Square is our 12,000-square-foot studio space for all Senior BFAs. It is composed of 62-square-foot individual studio cubicles, a student lounge, computer stations, two 60” monitors, a projector for digital work, plus four installation areas for critiques. Each studio is outfitted with a work table and locking storage.

Learn more about our facilities and studio spaces.

Information Sessions/Tours

The BFA in Studio Art program hosts Information Sessions and Tours on select Mondays during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

Register for a Tour Here
RSVP is required, we cannot accommodate walk-in inquiries

Tour Location

NYU Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, 6th floor, NY, NY 10003
Please be prepared to show photo identification at the front desk upon arrival.

Portfolio Review Event

We invite you to our own Portfolio Review event to discuss your work with an NYU faculty member.  You will have the opportunity to meet with current students to learn more about our B.F.A. program, tour the campus, the art department's Barney Building, and Senior Studios at 20 Cooper Square.

Friday, October 11, 2019
Space is limited.  Details & RSVP.

BFA in Studio Art at NYU

BFA News

Portfolio Requirement

Your portfolio should be a selection of recent artworks that represent your artistic interests and demonstrate your technical skills and ability. Work should demonstrate the exploration of ideas and creative approaches to subject matter and materials.

Learn more about the portfolio guidelines.

Application + Portfolio Deadlines, First-Year Applicants Entering Fall 2020

Early Decision I: November 1, 2019

Early Decision II and Regular Decision: January 1, 2020

Learn more about applying to the BFA in Studio Art.

BFA Events

BFA Exhibitions take place at The Commons & Rosenberg Galleries at Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street
FREE and open to the public

September 4–14, 2019
Opens September 4, 5–7pm
“Kings of the Ant-Hill”
Rhiannon Thomas and Isabella Wang
“Meant to Limn”
Hue Bui and Mika Lee

Take the Next Step

Advance your personal and professional journey – apply to join our community of students.

Apply Now