Concentration Portfolio Review

In accordance with National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation, students within the Art and Art History Department at UTA with the intent of pursuing a B.F.A., B.F.A with Art Certification or a B.A. in Studio Art are required to participate in a portfolio review process.


At UTA, our department requires an Entry Level (21/24hr) Concentration Portfolio Review (CPR) for all BA & BFA studio art majors, and an Advanced Level (36hr) CPR for most BFA majors. The Entry Level CPR is a method of assessing art students’ artistic progress and their preparedness to enter advanced classes in the BFA or BA program. The review will enable acceptance into either the BFA or BA program based on the potential to excel in the intended area of study.


All students pursuing studio art are considered “Art Intended” until successful completion of the Entry CPR, which typically takes place when students are enrolled into their 21st (or 7th) studio Art course (for most areas). There are some concentration areas, however, that may require more studio completion at 24+ studio hours. Art Intended students should submit their CPR application to their Area Coordinator when reaching this requirement. Reviews occur during that same semester that a student has registered for their 21st hour of studio art (either Fall or Spring semester). Contact your Area Coordinator for more details or to see if your area requires a different number of studio hour completion.


The Art Foundations curriculum is fundamental in forming sound studio practice. Critical thinking is encouraged through the foundation of principles of verbal, written, and visual expression. Students must complete courses before moving to upper-level study.


Once Entry Level CPR is successfully completed, most BFA studio majors will complete an Advanced Level CPR, typically completed when students are enrolled into their 36th (or 12th) studio Art course. This Advanced Level CPR is a further checkpoint and evaluation of a student’s upper-level studio work to ensure growth and proper development of the student’s body of work is evident. Area Coordinators and/or other faculty evaluators will often provide students with additional feedback related to their Advanced Level CPR.


*Cinematic Arts currently requires only one combined CPR (Entry & Advanced Level together).