Fine Arts Education Concentrations

Admission to the Department of Art and Design

Program Admission Contact:

Dr. Dorothy Heard, 973-655-4210

University Admission Contact:

Erin Samples, 973-655-4331


Portfolio Review for Art Education

Go to Department of Art and Design -- How To Apply for initial application instuctions and Portfolio Review dates, then review the instructions below.

The next-step Portfolio Review is an opportunity to present your artistic work to the faculty and learn more about your intended major.  Following the appointment, results will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, which, in turn, will notify you of your admission status.

The portfolio should consist of the following:

  • Selection of 15-20 pieces of 2-D and 3-D artwork. Applicants are advised to review the Studio Portfolio Preparation Guidelines for advice on preparing the portfolio.
  • Sketchbook (if available)
  • Photocopy of your high school or college transcript.
  • Note to out-of-town applicants: Where long- distance travel for an in-person interview is prohibitive, the department will sometimes explore alternative options with an applicant. Special circumstances should be addressed with the Program Admission Contact. 

Additional Instructions for Freshmen

    • Subsequent Admission to Art Education: Art Education students begin the program in the BA in Visual Arts, School and Community Settings Concentration when they enter in freshman year, taking foundation courses that are common to all Visual Arts Education majors. At the end of their sophomore year, students apply for admission into the Teacher Education program, and at that time submit a separate Art Education portfolio to the Art Education Coordinator 

Additional Instructions for Transfers

    • Transfer students seeking admission to the Art Education program for their junior year of college should contact the Art Education Coordinator directly. An application packet, which includes information about prerequisites and supporting materials may be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions Office or by contacting Linda Gonzalez at 973-655-4139.
    • For Fall or Summer provisional matriculation admission, completed applications should be submitted to the Teacher Education Program by the second Monday in January; for Spring admission, by the second Monday in September.
    • Eligibility for Matriculation
      Decisions about matriculation into the Program are made by the Department of Art and Design Teacher Admission and Retention Committee, which reviews the applicant's ability and potential success as a public school art teacher. Candidates for matriculation are required to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 in the major, and 2.50 overall. (Some provisional acceptances may be made).
    • Once the application and supporting materials have been submitted to the Teacher Education Admissions Office, students should contact the Department of Art and Design Art Education Coordinator for further information about next steps, which include a pre-interview to discuss portfolio requirements, production of an on-site writing sample, and an admissions committee interview. A copy of the student's application will be forwarded to the Art Education Coordinator by the Teacher Education Admissions Office.
    • The Portfolio
      Students should be prepared to bring a portfolio to the admissions interview in accordance with above instructions. (Portfolios should not be submitted with the application to the Teacher Education Program.)

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About the Concentrations

A description, guidelines and curriculum for the Visual Arts concentrations are available on the Art Education Web page.

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