Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants
For both freshman and transfer applicants, the successful portfolio review is paramount. Students are admitted according to the strengths of their artistic capabilities as demonstrated by the proficiency and promise of work included in portfolios.
Early submission of portfolios is strongly encouraged.
Freshman Applicants (PDF):
Prospective art students must be academically accepted to SUNY New Paltz PRIOR to submitting an online portfolio; therefore, prospective students are advised to apply for early admission to the College so that the art portfolio can be reviewed early in the spring semester for fall admission.
Transfer Applicants (PDF):
Acceptance to the College is contingent to being accepted into a major. For Art transfers, this means that an accepted portfolio is necessary. Prospective students should apply early because the Art Department receives a great number of transfer applications each year.
Regional Portfolio Review Days Fall 2013
Members of the SUNY New Paltz Art Department Faculty are attending the following regional Portfolio Review Days. This is an opportunity to solicit feedback on your creative work.
Please click on each institution's active link to register.
Friday, November 8, 2013 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Mill Street Loft
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm The Sage Colleges
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Westchester Community College
Open House Fall 2013
Please join us for Fall Open House
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013
Open House provides information about academic programs and opportunities, student services, admission, financial aid, residence life, athletics and recreation and much more.
Already Registered? Here are some things you need to know.
1. Getting Here
Weekly Art Department Tours
Art Department tours are coordinated through Undergraduate Admissions.
Please click on this link to register for a tour:
The Fine Arts-focused tours begin on September 11, 2013. The tours (depending on visitor interest) will take place almost every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The visit will begin with a 30-minute general information session by an admission counselor. Fine Art students will then go with one of our art-major tour guides for the tour portion of their visit.
Due to safety reasons and to preserve our current students' academic experience, the tours will not be able to enter active studio spaces. A visit to the studio space is available during the Accepted Student Open House events on campus.
The application deadline for the Ceramics, Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, and Metal programs is February 15. The Sculpture program maintains a rolling application deadline, but applicants who apply before February 15 will be given priority. Please note that the application requires payment of a non-refundable $50 application fee.
For online applications, payment can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). For paper applications, payment can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), a U.S. Postal money order, or a check in U.S. funds made payable to SUNY New Paltz.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions Advising office at 845-257-3285 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Required Graduate Application Procedures
- Submit an online application through the Graduate School and pay application fee. Please note that online applications for the Fall semester are accepted starting on December 1.
- After your application and fee have been received by the Graduate School, you will be sent an e-mail with a link to our Electronic Portfolio system. Use the information provided in the email to log in and check your online application status. On this site you will see a link at the top of the page titled "Submit Portfolio."
- Your portfolio should consist of 20 examples of your best work. Images can be labeled and ordered as they are uploaded into our Electronic Portfolio system. Each work sample must be labeled with the title of work, medium, size, and date. You may include external links to videos as part of your portfolio.
- For good image quality and fast upload, we recommend jpeg images no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels @ 72 dpi.
- As part of the online application process, you will be asked to submit an artist statement that discusses your concepts, research, methods, and influences.
- Once you have submitted your application fee payment information, print the signature page that automatically displays. The signature page will be required to complete your admissions process. The signature page will only display once.
Send the following items in one packet:
- The signed signature page from your online application or paper application
- Three letters of recommendation from instructors or other individuals who can evaluate your potential for graduate study
- One official transcript from each college/university attended, including colleges from which you have transferred credits
- A resume or CV
- Your Graduate Admissions essay that clearly addresses the following:
- How have your previous experiences contributed to your decision to enter the program?
- How will graduate study assist you in achieving your future career and educational aspirations?
- What are your professional goals?
Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and approximately 400 to 500 words. Because your essay provides a sample of your writing, it should reflect exemplary organization, writing style, and mechanics.
Mail your complete application package to:
The Graduate School
State University of New York at New Paltz
Haggerty Administration Building 804
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443
Prospective international students for whom English is not their native language and any applicant whose undergraduate degree is from a country where English is not the main language of instruction are required to demonstrate English language proficiency.
Please see the following link for specific instructions:
For more detailed information regarding applications, course offerings and other degree requirements, contact the Graduate Office at 845-257-3285.
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