Art Admissions

The School of Art is no longer reviewing portfolios for the 2017-18 academic year.

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).

BFA degree applicants are screened on the basis of:

  • A review of academic records
  • Your SAT and or ACT scores
  • Portfolio of 10–15 original works of art--including three drawings from direct observation
  • BA or BS degree applicants are not required to submit portfolios unless applying for art scholarships.

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 major in Studio Art, and apply for the BFA degree after completing the first-year foundation courses.

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.