Incoming freshmen and transfer students pursuing a major in art must go through a selection process that requires you to apply to both the university and the art program.

Please note: The art program application is included with the undergraduate application to the university when you indicate art as your intended major.

How to Apply


Incoming freshmen and transfer students interested in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree or art scholarships must undergo a portfolio review. This includes presenting 10 to 15 examples of your work. 

We host a portfolio review day for high school seniors, juniors and transfer students, where you may present your portfolio for admission to the BFA degree program, art scholarships, or for constructive feedback.

Cardinal Preview Day Open House

We will host an open house type event for high school seniors, juniors and transfer students where you can learn more about our different program areas, meet our faculty, and tour our facilities. Learn more.

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First-Year Program

All students in the School of Art complete a first-year program of study comprised of required courses in drawing; 2D, 3D, and 4D processes; and art history. 

If you are a student who is currently enrolled at Ball State pursuing another major and would like to become an art major, you may begin taking first-year foundation courses in the spring or summer.

School of Art Laptop Policy

The School of Art at Ball State University requires all School of Art Students to have a laptop. The laptop will serve as a creative tool and portable studio, allowing students to work fluidly between the studio classroom and other workspaces on campus. For more information and policy click here.

Financial Assistance


Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the university‚Äôs scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Search for scholarships.

Graduate Assistantships

One of the best ways to put yourself through graduate school is to obtain an assistantship, which will cover the costs of your tuition at Ball State. Search for assistantships.