Pursuing a major in art involves a selection process that requires you to apply to both the university and the art program. Please note: The art program application (PDF) is included with the application to the university when you indicate art as your intended major. Applicants are screened on the basis of:

  • a review of academic records
  • your SAT or ACT scores
  • a portfolio of original artwork, including three drawings from direct observation

How to Apply


Anyone applying to an undergraduate School of Art program or for one of our scholarships must undergo a portfolio review. This includes presenting 10 to 15 examples of your work. Learn more.

Open House

We host an open house every semester, where you may present your portfolio as well as meet our faculty and tour our facilities. Learn more.

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First-Year Program

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

If you are a student who is currently enrolled at Ball State pursuing another major and would like to become an art major, you may begin taking first-year foundation courses in the spring or summer.

Financial Assistance


Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the university‚Äôs scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Search for scholarships.

Graduate Assistantships

One of the best ways to put yourself through graduate school is to obtain an assistantship, which will cover the costs of your tuition at Ball State. Search for assistantships.