CART students

Admission to Art + Design Programs

Applying as a new undergraduate?

Prospective students (either freshman or transfer students not currently accepted to Montclair State University) interested in majoring in one of the academic programs in the Department of Art and Design (A+D) should take these steps:

  1. Contact University Admissions

    Email the Undergraduate Admission Office for information about applications and general Montclair State University admission requirements.

    When you are ready: Start your application.

  2. Submit Your Application

    Submit your application for general admission to Montclair State indicating that you would like to major in one of the Department’s programs (review A+D academic programs). Once you select your intended major in the School, you will be prompted to also complete that program’s specific application requirements. In general, competitive applicants to the Department’s programs possess a 3.0 GPA, have a rich record of extra-curricular activities, provide insightful responses to the essay questions and other prompts, and submit a quality portfolio.

Refer to these portfolio guidelines (including additional requirements by major) prior to starting your University application.

Changing your major?

Current Montclair State students wishing to change their major to one of the programs in the Department of Art and Design must apply online as well.

We recommend that applicants carefully review their intended program of study (review A+D academic programs). In general, competitive applicants to the Department’s programs possess a 3.0 GPA, have a rich record of extra-curricular activities, provide insightful responses to the essay questions and other prompts, and submit a quality portfolio.

To begin the process, contact the coordinator or director of your desired program.

Refer to these portfolio guidelines prior to starting your application, then click on the application below when you are ready to begin:

Transfer to Animation/IllustrationTransfer to Product DesignTransfer to BA Visual ArtsTransfer to BA Visual Arts with Concentration in School and Community SettingsTransfer to Visual Communication Design

Students accepted into the program will complete and elicit signatures for a Change of Major form.

Adding a minor?

Students from any major at the University may add a minor. To add a minor in the Department of Art and Design, come to Morehead Hall, room 110 to sign the required paperwork.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions will begin to be issued in early November and, thereafter, typically 3-4 weeks (but up to 6-8 weeks) after a completed application has been submitted. An applicant will be notified that he or she has been granted or denied admission or that the application has been added to the program’s wait list. All admission decisions are final.

Portfolio Submission Required

Some programs require a Department application/portfolio plus an on-campus interview; others do not.  Click on your intended major below for more information, including who to contact with questions.

FINE ARTS TEACHER CERTIFICATIONBFA ANIMATION/ILLUSTRATIONBFA VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGNBFA PRODUCT DESIGNBA VISUAL ARTS