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.
HOW TO APPLY:
- 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 SlideRoom.com
2013 ADMISSION DEADLINES:
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|
APPLICATION PROCESS:Students' capabilities and application are evaluated through:
- a creative work portfolio review
- high school grades
- standardized test scores
- extracurricular activities
- personal statements
OPTIONAL CAMPUS VISIT / PORTFOLIO CRITIQUES:
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
The portfolio should include pieces from as many of the following categories as appropriate:
- Drawings and paintings done from observation and/or imagination
- Photography, printmaking projects, collage, mixed media, etc.
- Sculpture in any medium or size
- Environmental or site-specific installation (work made for a particular location either indoors or outdoors)
- Computer-generated imagery
- Work that changes with time, such as kinetic sculpture, animation, installation, performance and digital media, including live action video and interactive work or other time-based works
In preparing your portfolio review, we encourage you to take the following presentation suggestions into account:
- Work should be photographed so that the image fills the frame
- A neutral background is recommended so that it does not conflict with the work
- If several exposures of each piece are taken with different camera settings, the applicant will be able to select the best one for use in the portfolio
- Matting and mounting of works is not necessary
- Applying fixatives to works that smudge is highly recommended