The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires thorough preparation and is intended to develop a level of competence that will enable students who wish to pursue professional careers in art to prepare themselves for specialized graduate studies, specialized professional training, and/or immediate participation in creative practice. Students enrolled in the School of Visual Arts may seek entrance into the B.F.A. program through portfolio review no earlier than the second semester and no later than the fourth semester. There is a continuous review of portfolio and performance of students enrolled in the B.F.A. program throughout the entire program. Students who do not meet the standards or who do not want to continue in the B.F.A. program may return to the B.A. program in art or choose another program of study. For the B.F.A. degree in Art, a minimum of 123 credits is required.