Undergraduate Admission

A lobby seating area in the Art Building. A chalkboard with doodles and slogans is visible.
 Paintbrushes lay across a smeared canvas
 Prints are pinned to an Art Building bulletin board. Students work and walk in the hallway.
Artwork hung on a wall as part of the Foundations critique
 Art Building lockers, decorated with slogans and colorful paint
 A visiting lecturer gestures to a PowerPoint slide about letterforms

Application from High School

The Department of Art seeks to enroll students who have creative vision and a sense of purpose directed toward professional careers in art education, art history, communication design, and studio art. Learn more about the specific admission requirements of your major.

Art and Architecture History

    • An interdepartmental major coordinated by the Departments of Architecture + Interior Design and Art in the School of Creative Arts and the Department of Classics in the College of Arts and Science.
    • Admission to the Art and Architecture History program does not require a portfolio review.
    • Visit the Office of Admission to apply.

Art Education, Studio Art, and Pre-Communication Design

    • The admission process for Art Education, Studio Art, and the Pre-major in Communication Design within the Department of Art includes submission of a portfolio of digital images of recent work for review by the art faculty. The purpose of the review is to assess the applicant's artistic potential.
    • The portfolio should consist of 12 to 15 digital images of recent work. Please see Portfolio Requirements for the detailed requirements of the portfolio review or contact the Department of Art.
    • For information about admission to the communication design program, please see Communication Design.

We use the website Slideroom for submission of artwork for review. Please visit this site to upload your work. There are instructions on the site. We can also accept jpegs on a CD mailed to the Art Office. Please see Portfolio Requirements for more information.

Communication Design Second-Tier Portfolio Review

In addition to the entrance portfolio review required by the Department of Art, students desiring to pursue the Communication Design major must undergo an additional portfolio review. This review occurs in the spring semester of the first year before registration for the fall semester. This portfolio and interview process determines advancement into the degree program in the second year. A limited number of students are admitted each year.

In order to submit a portfolio for admission into the Communication Design major, students must be enrolled in ART 151 Pre-Communication Design, and must have completed or be enrolled in ART 102 Color Theory and Practice, ART 105 Technical Drawing, ART 111 Design and Composition, and ART 121 Observational Drawing.

Employing an interview format, the review will assess the quality of work produced in the first two semesters, academic performance (overall GPA and GPA in major), and personal commitment and attitude. A limited number of students are admitted each year (approximately 15 to 20). Students' work may also be reviewed at the close of the second-year. Regardless of grades, a student may be denied further registration in the communication design program if the faculty conclude this is in the student's best interest.

If students have any questions specific to the Communication Design curriculum they are encouraged to talk to the faculty in that program.

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