Open House and Portfolio Review for High School Students

High school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in the School of Art's Open House and Portfolio Review on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Art and Journalism Building on campus. This is a great opportunity for you to visit our state-of-the-art facilities, talk to faculty and students, view student work, and learn more about our 13 different major options. Your questions about our undergraduate programs in art can be easily answered at this event. Parents, art teachers, and guidance counselors are also welcome to attend. And it's free!


Advanced Registration has closed. We welcome you to still attend the event during walk-in registration (PDF file).


Did you say this was a portfolio review, too?
Students interested in a BFA degree in art are required to submit a portfolio of current artwork. Students applying for the BA or BS degree program are welcome to attend but are not required to present portfolios unless they are apply for art scholarships. On this day, students can bring their actual artwork to be reviewed by our faculty as part of the criteria for admission. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Presentation of your work is important. Work does not need to be mounted or matted. However, the care in which a student presents and discusses his/her work can play an important part in a review. A portfolio case can be purchased at any art store to protect your work. Since many portfolios are similar in appearance, please clearly label the outside of your portfolio with your name.
  • Decide what you want to include in your portfolio. Students should bring 10 to 15 works of art to this event. Sketchbooks are encouraged. Work can come from classroom assignments, sketchbooks, workshops, pre-college programs, or work done "on your own" outside the classroom. It is recommended that at least three drawings from direct observation are included as part of your portfolio.
  • Bring your own laptop computer to showcase any digital media at this event, including digital video, computer animation, interactive art, and net-based projects. Be sure the work is in a finished format and limit any video clips to 2-3 minutes.

To Complete the Admission Process
Applicants must complete and submit both the application for undergraduate admission to Ball State University and the art program application. Please note: the art program application is included with the Ball State online application when you indicate art as your intended major.

Learn more about applying for admission to Ball State University.

Art Scholarships
To be considered for scholarships, all materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2017: submission of the art program application, essay, resume, recommendation form, and portfolio as a PowerPoint presentation composed into a single PDF file. Students must be admitted to Ball State to be considered for scholarships.

For more information, contact Barbara Giorgio.