First-Time Freshmen

To pursue a bachelor's degree with a major in art involves a selection process that requires the submission of both the university application and art program application. Applicants are screened based on a review of academic records and a portfolio of original artwork.

All students admitted to the School of Art complete a common first-year program of study comprised of required courses drawing, design, computer art, and art history.

To begin the process of being considered for admission to an art program: 

  • Applicants must complete and submit both the application for undergraduate admission to Ball State and School of Art Application (PDF). 
  • Before final acceptance into the art program, applicants must first be admitted to the University.
  • Applicants considering a major in art are encouraged to apply early in order to meet the deadlines for admission and scholarship consideration.

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

  • To be considered for art scholarships, in addition to the art program application, students are asked to respond to an essay question and submit a resume, recommendation form, inventory sheet, and portfolio submitted on a CD as a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Transcripts and test scores submitted to Ball State will be reviewed as part of the scholarship and art program application.

Admission Criteria
1. A review of academic records from high school transcripts.
2. SAT and/or ACT composite scores.
3. Portfolio of 10 - 15 works of art demonstrating studio art skills and other art-related abilities. It is recommended that at least 3 drawings from direct observation are included as part of your portfolio.