Admissions and Portfolio Guidelines

Student with Large Format Camera

A student shoots a landscape photo using a large format camera.

Admission to the Art Major

(BFA in Art and BS in Art Education)

All students interested in either the Bachelor of Fine Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Art Education must be officially accepted through the entrance portfolio process. Only ART 1100 (2-Dimensional Design and Color Theory) and ART 1150 (Drawing1) can be taken prior to admission as a major. Admission to the School of Art and Design is contingent upon admission to the university; however, you can submit your portfolio prior to admission to the university.

Entrance Portfolio Submission Deadlines

(For transfer students, current students or new, incoming first-year students)

Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the following dates each year:
August 1 (Transfer students only)
October 1 (For Spring Term acceptance)
February 1 (For Fall Term acceptance)

Portfolios submitted after 5 p.m. on these dates will not be reviewed until the next possible submission date.
Approximately 3 weeks are required from the time we receive your portfolio to complete the review.

Steps for submitting your entrance portfolio

  1. If you have not already done so, submit your application for admission to the university.
    (The KSU Admissions Page has a link to the application with instructions.)
    Be sure to list art or art education as your intended major on the application.

  2. Click the “Apply Now” link below to create your application to the School of Art & Design. In order to complete the application, you will need the following:

    • Your KSU ID Number

    • Digital images (see acceptable formats) of 10 of your best works showing at least two (2) different media. These may include but are not limited to the following:
      2D Design, Book Arts, Ceramics, Computer Illustration, Craft, Digital media, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Video.

    • NOTE: If you include 3-D work, you must submit two images of each piece photographed from different perspectives, e.g., a front and side shot. The filename for each image should conform to the following format:

      TitleMediaFormat.extension

      For example:

      UntitledCharcoal.jpg
      MontanaPlainsPhoto.jpg
      WorkingWithTimeDigitalMedia.mpeg
      GlassBottleStudySculpture.gif
    • DO NOT include any personal information on the images or in the filenames. All images should be of high enough resolution to be crisp and clear.

    • Applicants to Art Education will also be required to:

      • Provide the email address of an individual who can provide a professional letter recommendation that addresses the student’s potential success in the program and as a teacher. This letter should not be from a family member or friend.

      • Complete an interview with the Art Education faculty to be scheduled after submitting your application

    • Student’s requesting to substitute credit from previous studio courses taken at another college or university for a KSU degree requirement must submit a minimum of four images from each course to be considered. Transfer equivalency will be granted based upon approval from the Office of the Registrar, a minimum grade or “C” or better, and successful determination by the faculty of the School of Art & Design of equivalent proficiency.

      Porfolio Review Criteria | Frequently Asked Questions | Tips for Photographing Artwork for the Portfolio

      If you have questions about credit for your high school's Advanced Placement courses in Art History, Two-dimensional Design, Three-dimensional Design, and Drawing, please see the "Frequently Asked Questions" link above.


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Rare Book Room of the Sturgis Library

Rare Book Room of the Sturgis Library.

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Art History

There are no special requirements for admission to the art history major. Students may declare the major by filling out a form in the School of Art and Design Office, or by requesting it through Owl Express. Students should plan to begin their language study as early as possible.

Brad Dalton's Ceramic Goblets

12 Blue Goblets by student Brad Dalton, ceramics.

Admission to the Concentration (Current BFA Students only)

Once a student has completed the Lower-Division Major Requirements and while enrolled in the second course of their intended concentration area, they will submit a portfolio of work in that area for review by the supervising faculty. Students may apply to more than one concentration area, or apply to a second concentration later in their course of study. Admission into any concentration area is dependent upon the strength of the student’s portfolio, their performance in visual arts courses, and their overall academic performance in all classes taken.

Concentration Portfolio Submission Deadlines

(For all students in the second semester of the declared concentration )

November 13 (For Spring Term acceptance)
March 13 (For Fall Term acceptance)

DecisionDesk.com APPLICATION (For students who have already started the online application)

Portfolios submitted after 5 pm on these dates will not be reviewed until the next possible submission date. If you need help with the image size requirements, please visit the Mac Lab attendant (VA224) or the Visual Arts Resource Center attendant (VA223). Approximately 3 weeks are required from the time we receive your portfolio to complete the review.

The portfolio requirements for the concentration areas are detailed below (click on the concentration name to reveal instructions):

Ceramics

Each application to the concentration in ceramics must include the following:

1. A minimum of six pieces of work including the following:

  • Three using ceramics as the primary media
  • Three representing at least two other three-dimensional media
  • Each piece must have two images that best describe the piece in the round (six pieces - twelve images)
  • Students may submit additional works if they wish (up to 10 pieces)

Images should be uploaded as JPEGs with height and width pixel dimensions no smaller than 400 pixels and no larger than 2000 pixels. (Images should approximately fill the screen at a sharp resolution but not be so large to cause slower upload/download speed.) Ceramic works should be photographed with good lighting and a clean background -- preferably black from the top fading to gray at the bottom.

2. An image inventory list in MS Word format that includes the following information:

  • Title of work
  • Dimensions (height, width and depth)
  • Medium
  • Year work was made

If an artwork was created for a class assignment, applicants should indicate for which class it was created and write a brief description of the assignment; if it was not for a class, indicate it as an "original work."

Drawing and Painting

Each application to the concentration in drawing and painting must include the following:

1. Ten works total showing work from any drawing or painting coursework and personal/non-directed work

Images should be uploaded as JPEGs with height and width pixel dimensions no smaller than 400 pixels and no larger than 2000 pixels. (Images should approximately fill the screen at a sharp resolution but not be so large to cause slower upload/download speed.) The work should be photographed with good lighting and cropped to the image. If work is not rectangular, please make background gray, black, or white without distracting elements.

2. Artist’s Statement in MS Word format

3. An image inventory list in MS Word format that includes the following information:

  • Title of work
  • Dimensions (height, width—and depth for 3-D works)
  • Medium
  • Year work was made

If an artwork was created for a class assignment, applicants should indicate for which class it was created and write a brief description of the assignment; if it was not for a class, indicate it as an "original work."

Graphic Communications

Each application to the concentration in graphic communications must include the following:

1. Images MUST be saved at a resolution of 72 dpi, in one PDF file no larger than 15MB (see Description of Images below)

  • Include a title page with your name, year and semester, and the portfolio title.
  • Image dimensions must be no larger than 1024 x 768 ppi and no smaller than 800 x 600 ppi.
  • Description of images in your portfolio PDF (letter size page)

2. Artistic Statement in a letter-sized PDF or in MS Word format. Include an explanation of why you are applying for the BFA in the graphic communications concentration.

3. Copy of recent student transcript(s)

* Transfered students should meet with their adviser to determine readiness for portfolio submission.

Description of Images

  • Three of your best drawings
  • Five of your best projects from Computer Application in Arts as follows:
    • 2 raster graphics
    • 2 vector graphics
    • 1 combination of raster and vector graphics
  • Four of your best pieces from Typography 1
  • Three of your best pieces from Typography 2

Note: All work must have been completed within the last 4 semesters

Photography

Each application to the concentration in photography must include the following:

1. Artist Statement in an MS Word document

2. Artist Curriculum Vita (resumé) in an MS Word document

3. Twenty examples of Photographic Works

Images should be uploaded as JPEGs with height and width pixel dimensions no smaller than 400 pixels and no larger than 2000 pixels. (Images should approximately fill the screen at a sharp resolution but not be so large to cause slower upload/download speed.)

This work should represent, though is not limited to; assignments from previous photography courses, current work and any personal projects.

  • 5 examples of black and white photography printed traditionally from film and darkroom techniques
  • 5 examples of color photography
  • 5 examples of medium format camera use
  • 5 additional images of your choice
Portfolios will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Conceptual Inventiveness
  • Content
  • Composition and Framing
  • Print/Image Quality
  • Presentation
  • Technique
  • Writing Skills

Printmaking

Each application to the concentration in printmaking must include the following:

1. Current Resumé in MS Word format

2. Artist statement in MS Word format

3. Up to twenty pieces of your strongest works that show skill in 2-Dimensional Design, Drawing, and Printmaking I

This work should represent, though is not limited to; assignments from all 2-dimensional media including drawing, painting, photography, digital design, and printmaking. Images should be uploaded as JPEGs with height and width pixel dimensions no smaller than 400 pixels and no larger than 2000 pixels. (Images should approximately fill the screen at a sharp resolution but not be so large to cause slower upload/download speed.)

4. An image inventory list in MS Word format that includes the following information:

  • Title
  • Medium
  • Size
  • Year work was made

Portfolios will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Sculpture

Each application to the concentration in sculpture must include the following:

1. A typed statement in a MS Word format of no more that 300 words indicating why the student is interested in becoming a sculpture major and what the student plans to do with a studio background in sculpture.

2. Six examples of works of sculpture. Two of these should be identified as completed outside of a formal class. Images of functional ceramic vessels are not acceptable.

  • A minimum of three different media should be represented among the six examples.
  • Two views of each image are required. An additional "detail" image may be submitted where particular details are not seen in the other full-view images.

Images should be uploaded as JPEGs with height and width pixel dimensions no smaller than 400 pixels and no larger than 2000 pixels. (Images should approximately fill the screen at a sharp resolution but not be so large to cause slower upload/download speed.) Sculpture works should be photographed with good lighting and a clean background -- preferably black from the top fading to gray at the bottom.

3. An image inventory list in MS Word that includes the following information for each work:

  • Title (titles are italicized, not put in quotation marks)
  • Dimensions (height, width—and depth for 3-D works)
  • Medium
  • Year work was made

    If an artwork was created for a class assignment, applicants should indicate for which class it was created and write a brief description of the assignment; if it was not for a class, indicate it as an "original work."

Art Education MAT Camp

"ART Education 6200 Camp" from the MAT in Teaching Art

Admission to our Master of Arts in Teaching Art

Students interested in applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching Art must complete an application to the graduate school and submit a portfolio of photographic images of your artwork. The MAT Art degree is based on the Comprehensive Arts Education model, focusing on the areas of production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. The program is also aligned with the standards defined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Thus, the portfolio should reflect art competencies in various media.  

Steps for submitting your entrance portfolio

  1. If you have not already done so, submit your application for admission to the graduate school. Be sure to list the MAT as your program of study and “Art”  as your concentration area.

  2. Click the “Apply Now” link below to create your application to the School of Art & Design. In order to complete the application, you will need the following:

    • Your KSU ID Number

    • Digital images (see acceptable formats) of 20 of your best works showing at least two (2) different media.
      These may include but are not limited to the following:
      2D Design, Book Arts, Ceramics, Computer Illustration, Craft, Digital media, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Video.

    NOTE: If you include 3-D work, you must submit two images of each piece photographed from different perspectives, e.g., a front and side shot. The filename for each image should conform to the following format:

    TitleMediaFormat.extension

    For example:

    UntitledCharcoal.jpg
    MontanaPlainsPhoto.jpg
    WorkingWithTimeDigitalMedia.mpeg
    GlassBottleStudySculpture.gif

    DO NOT include any personal information on the images or in the filenames. All images should be of high enough resolution to be crisp and clear.

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