University of Arizona College of Fine Arts

School of Art

Admission to the College of Fine Arts School of Art is a two-step process. You must submit separate applications to the University of Arizona and the College of Fine Arts professional program to which you are applying in the School of Art:

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Arizona
  2. Apply to the College of Fine Arts

Deadlines

Incoming Freshman

Spring admission: The deadline is November 1
Fall admission: The deadline is May 1

Incoming Transfer Students

Spring admission: The deadline is November 1
Fall admission: The deadline is June 1

School of Art Admissions Requirements

Bachelor of Arts – Art History

  • College of Fine Arts application
  • Letter of Intent
  • 500-Word Essay addressing "Why is art history an important discipline?"

Bachelor of Arts – Studio Art 

No Concentration – General Liberal Arts Degree Program

  • College of Fine Arts application
  • Portfolio containing eight original examples of your studio work

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Art Education

Concentration in Teaching K-12 or Community/Museums

  • College of Fine Arts application
  • Letter of Intent
  • 500-Word Essay addressing “What is the role(s) of art and art education within contemporary society?”

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Studio Art

Concentration in 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Photography or *Pre-Visual Communication: Illustration + Graphic Design

  • College of Fine Arts application
  • Portfolio containing eight original examples of your studio work

* Pre-Visual Communication students are required to pass a secondary portfolio review. They must complete or be enrolled in the First Year Experience Foundations sequence. Major GPA of 3.0 is required upon admittance.

Application Guidelines

Letter of Intent

  • Provide a brief history of your interest in and involvement with art.
  • Clarify why you want to enter the BA or the BFA degree program.
  • Explain your long-term career goals.

Studio Art Portfolio

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

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.)

Concept:

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

Presentation:

  • 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

Arizona Community Foundation Arts Scholars Program

The Arizona Community Foundation Arts Scholars Program provides talented student artists in Arizona with scholarship funding, registration fee waivers, academic and artistic mentoring, and opportunities for enhanced study either nationally or internationally. The scholarship is $5,000 per academic year for up to four years. The goal is to help keep Arizona's best and brightest artistic talent within the state's university system. Arts Scholars Program scholarships are awarded for all arts disciplines, including dance, theatre, music, and visual and media arts.

The Arizona Community Foundation Arts Scholars Program offers four scholarships to incoming UA College of Fine Arts Freshmen.

For more information call 1-800-222-8221, or visit the Arizona Community Foundation website.

For questions regarding the School of Art's admissions requirements, please contact School of Art Student Services at 621-2618