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Undergraduate Application Guidelines

Undergraduate application to the Studio Arts Program in the Department of Art, is a two-part process.

First Year applicants should submit an application to Undergraduate Admissions and submit a portfolio directly to the Studio Arts Program.

For acceptance into the Studio Arts Program, both the Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Portfolio Review Committee of the Studio Arts Program must accept applicants. After the University Admissions Office has reviewed academic performance and the Department has reviewed the portfolio, the University Admissions Office will notify the applicant of the admission decision.

If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please call the Studio Arts Program (413) 545-1903 or e-mail the Undergraduate Program Director:

Prospective students are invited to visit the Department during one of the open-informational sessions offered each semester. Applicants are especially encouraged to attend the Fall Open House where faculty from all disciplines will be available for portfolio review and consultation.

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For information on the Freshman and Transfer Application process...

Application Due Dates for Fall 2014

First Year Students
Early Action: November 1, 2013
Regular Decision: January 15, 2014

Transfer Student Admission
Fall : April 15, 2014
Spring: October 1, 2014


Portfolio Review Policy and Procedures

Applicants may submit their portfolios by mail to the Studio Arts Program, 128 Studio Arts Building, 110 Thatcher Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003. All portfolios must arrive by January 15th.

We do not accept Website portfolios.


The Portfolio:

A portfolio of up to 20 pieces should represent your best artwork, and it should also demonstrate independent thought and the diversity of your experience in visual arts.

The portfolio should include drawings from direct observation. The portfolio also may include works in 2-D media (painting, photography, printmaking) 3D media (fibers, ceramic, jewelry, metalwork, sculpture, and installations), and time based media (animation, motion graphics and video/time based) that convey your strengths.

The portfolio may also include architectural designs and models, stage designs, fashion or costume designs, or anything else that you have made in art class, a summer exploration program, or on your own.

Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks.


Portfolio Preparation Guidelines:

The following specific instructions must be strictly adhered to regarding the submission of your creative works.

Still Works / Images:
A Digital Portfolio of up to 20 pieces of recent work must be on a CD-R (standard size, not mini-disk) or DVD-R in JPEG FORMAT ONLY, sized at a maximum of 1280 pixels in the largest dimension (maximum 4 megabytes) for viewing on a computer via video projection. Each piece must be numbered (corresponding to the order of viewing) and include title and your name. Un-timed PowerPoint or Keynote presentations are also encouraged.

Time Based Works:
QuickTime or DVD formatted videos can be a compilation of various works but the total running time cannot exceed ten minutes per video. Genres appropriate to video documentation include video art, performance, and animation, NOT documentation of sculptures or exhibitions. We do not accept VHS tapes.

All Applicants Must Include a Printed Inventory:
Include a listing of the work in order of viewing, along with the file name, dimensions, date of work, medium, title and a 500 pixel thumbnail. This inventory of works can be either a printed word file or a (.doc).

Legibly print your name on all disks and paper sleeves. (No Labels) Do not send original work.

Include a self-addressed mailer with sufficient postage if you want the portfolio returned.

The Department of Art, Architecture and Art History is not responsible for reviewing materials that are not readily accessible. Please test and retest your CD-R or DVD-R on multiple computers and playback devices, including consumer quality DVD players using a remote control, before mailing.

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Admission without a Portfolio:

Applicants who are interested in becoming Studio Arts candidates, but who do not currently have a portfolio, should apply for admission to the University Undecided: Humanities and Fine Arts. Undecided students who then successfully complete two courses (ordinarily Drawing, Art 104 and Design Investigations, Art 105), with a grade of B (3.O) or better, as well as one Art History survey course, may apply to the Department by portfolio.

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Fall: November 1
Spring: April 1

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