Art Admissions

To pursue a major in art involves a selection process that requires the submission of both the university application and art program application (PDF). Please note: the art program application is included with the Ball State application when you indicate art as your intended major.

Learn more about applying to the School of Art Undergraduate Programs (PDF).

Applicants are screened on the basis of:

All students admitted to the School of Art complete a common first-year program of study comprised of required courses in drawing, design, computer art, and art history. The number of students admitted to the first-year program is limited with the ability of the School of Art to provide studio spaces and sections of required courses; and to achieve optimum student/faculty ratio.

The School of Art awards a limited number of performance scholarships to first-time freshmen who have been admitted to the university and are entering fall semester. To be eligible for scholarship monies, students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and pursue a major program in the School of Art. Scholarship applications are reviewed on the basis of portfolio of work, essay, resume, recommendation form, and academic record.

If you are a student who is currently enrolled at Ball State pursuing another major and would like to become an art major, you can declare a pre-art major and begin taking first-year foundation courses in the spring or summer and later apply submitting college-level coursework.

Transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions at Ball State will be reviewed as part of the scholarship and art program application. Students must be admitted to Ball State before final acceptance into the art program.