Open House and Portfolio Review for High School Students

High school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in the School of Art's Open House and Portfolio Day (PDF) on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in the Art and Journalism Building on campus. See our studios, talk to faculty and students, view student work, and learn more about career possibilities. Your questions about our undergraduate programs in art can be easily answered at this event. Parents, art teachers, and guidance counselors are also welcome to attend. And it's free!

If you plan to have your portfolio reviewed, advanced registration is required. Please complete the Open House and Portfolio Review Registration Form (PDF) or call 765-285-5838.

Did you say this was a portfolio review, too?
To be an art major at Ball State, students must submit an application for admission to the School of Art along with a portfolio of current artwork. On this day, students can bring their actual artwork to be reviewed by our faculty as part of the criteria for admission. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Presentation of your work is important. Take pride in your artwork and how you present it. A portfolio case can be purchased at any art store to protect your work. Since many portfolios are similar in appearance, please clearly label the outside of your portfolio with your name.
  • Decide what you want to include in your portfolio. Work can come from classroom assignments, sketchbooks, workshops, pre-college programs, or work done "on your own" outside the classroom. No more than 15 pieces should be brought to this event. Remember, at least three drawings from direct observation must be included as part of your portfolio.
  • Bring your own laptop computer to showcase any digital artwork at this event, including digital video, computer animation, interactive art, and net-based projects. Be sure the work is in a finished format, and limit any video clips to 2-3 minutes.

To Complete the Admission Process
Applicants must complete and submit both the application for undergraduate admission to Ball State University and the art program application. 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 for admission to Ball State University.

Art Scholarships
To be considered for scholarships, all materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2014: submission of the art program application, essay, resume, recommendation form, and portfolio on a CD-ROM as a PowerPoint presentation. Students must be admitted to Ball State to be considered for scholarships.

For more information, contact Undergraduate Program Coordinator Barbara Giorgio.