BFA Admission-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

BFA Admission

The School of Art is interested in students who demonstrate:

  • an engagement with various materials, ideas and contexts
  • cultural awareness and ambition
  • technical skills
  • a willingness to experiment and engage in personal research
  • ability to work on a wide range of artistic concerns, in depth or in a sequence, are desirable
  • strong self-motivation


University forms, policies and information regarding undergraduate admissions

Undergraduate admissions is conducted through the University Office of Admission in cooperation with School of Art faculty and staff.


  • Choose early decision deadline November 1, or regular decision deadline January 15
  • Start your university application with CMU Admissions
  • Register and submit your art portfolio to the School of Art online
  • Applicants are considered for fall semester admission only
  • Applicants to the School of Art must submit a portfolio through


Application must be submitted to the Office of Admission by these dates.

Nov. 1, 2013 Early Decision Application, Supplement, SlideRoom Portfolio Submission
Dec. 1, 2013 Regular Decision Application
Jan. 15, 2013 Regular Decision Supplement, SlideRoom Portfolio Submission


Students' capabilities and application are evaluated through:
  • a creative work portfolio review
  • high school grades
  • standardized test scores
  • extracurricular activities
  • recommendations
  • personal statements


Applicants attending an on-campus interview and portfolio critique are still required to submit their portfolio online.

Registration for an on-campus interview and portfolio critique opens October 1.

  • Early Decision applicants should register by November 1 to attend the November interview day.
  • Regular Decision applicants should register by January 1 to attend any January or February interview days.

DATES: November 10, January 19, January 26, February 2

Applicants have the option to bring their portfolio to campus to discuss it in an interview setting with a professor from the School of Art. Campus visits offer applicants the opportunity to attend information sessions, meet individually with art faculty and take a tour of School of Art facilities. Portfolio guidelines and information on what to bring to for the on-campus interview and critique, here.

Portfolio Requirements & Tips

Portfolio Review Options


Admission, Transfer, Tours:
Mark Cato, CFA 300

CMU Office of Undergraduate Admission

P: 412-268-2082
F: 412-268-7838
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