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Bachelor of Fine Art Students complete prerequisites, which vary among the studio majors. Once the initial course work is complete, students apply to their chosen major with a competitive portfolio through the block review process. Departmental requirements vary but are indicated below for each of the studio arts major areas Please refer to UH in Four for degree plans and the undergraduate catalog for degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking to apply to our programs after the posted deadlines may contact to request admissions consideration for the Fall 2021 term. 

The School of Art follows the standard UH admission requirements and procedures for freshman, transfer and post baccalaureate students. UH admission requirements are available at Additionally, the School of Art requires the submission of a creative portfolio and a statement of intent for all students applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and the submission of a statement of intent for all students applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Art History degree. 


Bachelor of Arts in Art and Bachelor of Fine Arts Submission Requirements

All applicants to studio art degrees are required to submit evidence of their visual creativity and a 250-word statement of intent upon applying. Portfolios must be submitted online via the Kathrine G. McGovern, School of Art Acceptd application. We cannot accept physical portfolios.

Submit 2–4 examples of work that you have created within the past two years. Examples may include but are not limited to: drawing, digital art, graphic design, painting, photography, sculpture, and video. Submissions do not need to be specific to the applicant’s intended area of study.

  • Images may be submitted in the following formats: .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf
  • Video may be submitted in the following formats: .m4V, .mov, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg
  • Images can be up to 5MB each. Video can be up to 30 MB each.
  • Each video must be less than 3 minutes.

Submit a 250-word statement that describes why you would like to pursue a degree in art or design. Save the statement as a PDF and upload it with your application.


You can find our School of Art graduates working as artists, game designers, museum administrators, photographers, teachers, gallery managers, designers for advertising agencies and publishers and more. Our alumni work all over the world.

School of Art faculty take a personal interest in helping you pursue your career interests. The school has ties with a wide range of galleries, museums, arts organizations and other universities. As you complete your studies in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, you build a professional portfolio that will support your academic and professional goals.

Faculty and staff work hard to help place students in internships while in school as well as placement after graduation. University Career Services provides quality of services to our constituencies through leadership and quality relationships built on a foundation of integrity. 


Image Credit, Top: BFA, Graphic Design Exhibition; Bottom: Micah Craft.