University of Arizona College of Fine Arts

School of Art

The process to apply to change your major to Art, Art History or Art and Visual Culture Education happens online, twice a year. The deadline for spring admission is November 1st and for fall admission, June 1st.

Online Admissions


PLEASE NOTE: Applications for BA degree programs in the School of Art no longer require a portfolio review (BA-Studio Art) or a letter of intent and essay (BA-Art History). Only the College of Fine Arts Application is required for BA program admission.

Bachelor of Arts - Art History

  • College of Fine Arts application

Note: The Art History faculty strongly urges all interested students to meet with a member of the faculty in person prior to submission of the application for a change of major.

Bachelor of Arts - Studio Art

No Concentration - General Liberal Arts Degree Program

  • College of Fine Arts application

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Art Education

Concentration in Teaching K-12 or Community/Museum Outreach

  • College of Fine Arts application
  • Statement of Intent
  • 500-Word Essay addressing "What do you see as the role(s) of art and art education within contemporary society?"

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Studio Art

Concentration in 2D, 3D, Photography, Pre-llustration+Design

  • College of Fine Arts application
  • Provide eight images of your original studio work
  • JPEG image file size: 72 pixels per inch (ppi), 800 pixels for longest dimension

Guidelines for the Portfolio

Portfolio Evaluation Criteria

Technical Proficiency / Craftsmanship:

Effectiveness of individual project’s fabrication as evidenced by:

  • Creative and innovative technical problem solving
  • Mastery of techniques and formal elements employed (composition, line, value, etc.)


Student’s investment in and thoughtfulness of subject-matter/idea as evidenced by:

  • Creative and innovative intellectual problem solving
  • Ability of finished work to communicate chosen subject matter
  • Evidence of critical thinking / conceptual exploration


  • Degree to which documentation clearly and qualitatively displays work

Creativity / Inventiveness:

  • Some of the projects indicate a motivation to generate work outside of assigned projects
  • Projects clearly generated for assignments push beyond formulaic responses

► Contact an academic advisor or set up an advising appointment to learn more about programs and admissions.