Once you are ready to apply, log in to the online portfolio submission site.
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):
The deadline for Spring 2017 is Nov. 1, 2016.
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.
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.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, the Sage College https://www.sage.edu/event/34th-annual-portfolio-review-day/
4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, Westchester Community College http://www.sunywcc.edu/events/portfolioday/
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017
Log in to http://www.newpaltz.edu/admissions/openhouse/index.html for registration.
Accepted Student Open House is a great way to experience campus. You will begin your day with a Welcome from the President, the Provost, and a student representative. Following the morning program, guests will head to academic sessions with our various departments. The afternoon will allow you to explore by taking a Residence Life tour, visiting our Get to Know New Paltz Information Fair, and much more.
Accepted students are encouraged to enroll then register for student orientation and course registration. Information for both can be found by clicking on the following links:
Other resources for your day
Parking - Since you are our special guest, no parking permits are required for these events. Parking will be in the West parking lot and in the Elting main, middle or lower lot. All four parking lots are located near the Athletic and Wellness Center. Student volunteers will direct you to available parking spaces.
Registration for this event is available through your my.newpaltz.edu account once you have been accepted. You can also reach us by phone at 845-257-3688.
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 Sept. 21, 2016. The tours (depending on visitor interest) will take place Wednesdays 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.
The tour will go over housing, general academics, athletics, dining, the Samuel Dorsky Museum, and will also visit Old Library, Smiley Art Building, and the Fine Arts Building.
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.
Priority is given to MFA applications received by January 15. We will continue to review applications after this deadline if there are studio spaces available. 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
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.
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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