University of Arizona

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, February 15th.

Online Admissions


Bachelor of Arts - Art History

  • School of Art application
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 500-Word Essay addressing “Why is art history an important discipline?”
    • The Art History faculty will evaluate both what you write and how you write it. Please do not write an autobiography.

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

  • School of Art application
  • Portfolio of 8 original examples of your studio work

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Art Education

Concentration in Teaching K-12 or Community/Museum Outreach

  • School of Art application
  • Essay question: In 500 words or less, explain what 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, Visual Communication: Illustration + Design

  • School of Art application
  • Portfolio of 8 original examples of your 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.