U.S. citizens should complete the Graduate School online application and submit the application fee. Locate and highlight the Artist Diploma program in the "certificate" box. Applicants must request the registrar of all previously attended schools to send official transcripts directly to the Graduate School, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. Personal copies or photocopies of transcripts are not accepted by the Graduate School (765-285-1297).

Non-U.S. residents must apply for admission through Ball State's Rinker Center for International Programs. International students must meet all of the university's regular admission requirements. All credentials from foreign secondary schools, colleges, universities, and their equivalents are evaluated by the Center for International Programs (765-285-5422).