Application to the BFA program is usually made during the sophomore or junior year, after a student has completed Basic Painting and at least one intermediate-level drawing or painting class. Admission is based on a review of studio work, transcript to date, statement of interest and intent, and a personal interview. Intellectual abilities, breadth of experience, depth of commitment, potential for growth, and capacity for independent study are all considered, along with a visual assessment of the student’s work.
Admission reviews typically take place each semester after midterm and prior to the preregistration period.
Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission Web site for more information.
Learn more about the Painting & Drawing MFA application process.
Admission to the program is based on a portfolio, undergraduate transcript, artist statement, statement of intent, letters of recommendation, and, when possible, a personal interview. Intellectual abilities, breadth of experience, depth of commitment, potential for growth, and capacity for independent study are all considered, along with a visual assessment of the applicant’s portfolio.
We favor work that indicates the beginnings of a distinctive individual voice – the student shows awareness of contemporary issues and art history, but the work is neither overly trendy nor heavily encumbered by the work of past artists. Advanced-level painting and drawing ability are required along with conceptual rigor and a compelling vision.
Upon acceptance, in-depth studio investigation is expected, leading to a cohesive body of work that, ideally, will extend the boundaries of the field. Students are encouraged to take risks that will lead them beyond the scope of their present abilities.