Current Students

Pre-art majors and students enrolled in other majors across campus who want to pursue a bachelor's degree with a major in art involves a selection process that requires the submission of the art program application, a portfolio of original artwork (coursework from ADS 101, 102; AFA 101, 202) and copy of DegreeWorks. To apply a student must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Admission Deadlines

Spring Semester Review (January 10, 2015) - Information regarding the review and portfolio guidelines will be made available at the fall Pre-art meeting in October and in the art office.

Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP)
This summer intensive program allows qualified students to complete first-year studio courses during the summer by taking a core set of undergraduate art courses (ADS 101, 102; AFA 101, 202) over a ten-week period. Students who complete the core during the summer submit the LEAP application and portfolio of ten examples of artwork on the last day of second summer session. The number of students admitted is competitive. Learn more about how to get a jump start on a major in art with LEAP (PDF).

Admission Criteria

  1. Academic Record - Current academic record at Ball State (DegreeWorks); SAT and/or ACT composite scores.
  2. Portfolio - A portfolio of 10 works of art demonstrating college level art skills, especially those explored in the first-year foundation courses (ADS 101, 102; AFA 101, 202), including a minimum of 3 drawings from direct observation. Students who have completed four or more studio courses are encouraged to submit work representing all courses, and may also include other art-related 200-level studio work.
  3. Inventory List - A one-page typed list of the work submitted that indicates the title of the work or project, media, size, course, and date/term completed.

The college academic records of a currently enrolled student is given greater consideration by the Admissions Committee than previous high school academic record or the SAT or ACT composite scores. A student's portfolio, course grades and GPA will be evaluated based upon the level of commitment and achievement beyond the minimum course or grade requirements.

How to Apply

On the day of the review students will layout or hang-up the portfolio of artwork, along with the art program application for currently enrolled students, a copy of DegreeWorks, and typed inventory list of the work submitted. The date, time and location of the review will be announced and posted in the art office, foundation and drawing classrooms. Students will not be present during the review.

 For more information and application materials, contact Barbara Giorgio.