BA Visual Arts

Admission to the Department of Art and Design

How to Apply/Portfolio Guidelines

Program Admission Contacts:

For Visual Arts:
Prof. Catherine Bebout; 973-655-7281

                    University Admission Contact:

                     Zachary Brower, 973-655-7703


For Visual Arts (Art Education;
Schools and Community Settings):
Dr. Dorothy Heard; 973-655-4210


 About the Program


Applying for admission to the Visual Arts BA program is a 1-3-Step process:

STEP ONE. Submit an application to Montclair State University.

  • To apply as a New Freshman or New Transfer student, you must first submit an application to Montclair State University via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. (Go to Undergraduate Admissions to fulfill this step.)  Following staff review of the submitted application, applicants who meet the University's academic requirements will be emailed an invitation to proceed to STEP TWO.
  • To apply as an Already-Enrolled Montclair State Student seeking to change your major, skip the above step and proceed to STEP TWO.  If accepted to the program, your final step will be to complete and submit a Change of Major/Minor Form to the Department of Art and Design Office - Calcia Hall, Suite 109, together with your program letter of acceptance.

STEP TWO. Submit an application / portfolio to the Department of Art and Design.

Academically qualified applicants will be instructed to electronically submit a Step-Two application and portfolio to the Department of Art and Design via SlideRoomthe Department's admission software. (note: A $15 fee applies.)

The Portfolio and Writing Sample 

The portfolio you upload to SlideRoom should demonstrate your interest and aptitude for your chosen major.  Be sure to include 15-20 pieces of original art and design work, both 2-D and 3-D, as well as a sketchbook or loose drawings that show preliminary ideas for projects. For general advice on portfolio development, go to: Department of Art and Design Portfolio Preparation Guidelines

The writing sample, for most programs, should be a one-page personal statement describing who you are, what you value, and your goals for pursuing the major.

For portfolio file sizes and types that may be uploaded to SlideRoom, click below:

STEP THREE. Attend an on-campus interview.

After your application has been received, faculty will evaluate your material and, if your submission meets minimum program requirements, you will be invited to an on-campus interview. Interviews generally take fifteen to thirty minutes, during which you will have the opportunity to discuss your work, ask questions, and see the animation/illustration facilities. You should also be prepared to discuss your reasons for choosing the major. (note: While family members and/or friends are not allowed to be present during the interview, they may ask questions after the interview has been completed.)

Note: The on-campus interview is strongly encouraged but is not mandatory (e.g. where travel to campus is prohibitive, applicants can opt to have their uploaded, online portfolios be reviewed as their total submission.)

Interview Dates for Visual Arts:

  • October 22, 2017
  • December 3, 2017
  • February 11, 2018
  • April 8, 2018

Eligible applicants will be advised to select an early appointment date, with consideration to the following: (a) Spring applicants must interview before January; (b) Fall applicants should interview by March; (c) Post-March dates, where available, are intended for late-transfer and Montclair State-enrolled student applicants. (e) There may be occassional flexibility of scheduling a weekday appointment, between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. where special circumstances apply.

Interviews will take place in Calcia Hall on campus (see campus map.) 

Following the On-campus interview. The Department will forward its decision to Undergraduate Admissions, which, in turn will notify you of your admission status. (Exception: Students already enrolled at the university will be notified by the Department directly and, if accepted, will be guided towards completing a Change of Major/Minor form.)