College Admission Requirements

University of Central Arkansas

The Department of Art does not require a portfolio review for incoming freshmen.  Students declaring art as their major should begin taking art courses as listed on the Program Completion Plans.

All students seeking the BFA in Studio Art and the BA in Art with Fine Art or Art Education emphases must participate in the Sophomore Major Advancement Interview (SMAI) which is conducted in the fall of each year.  Students planning to participate in the SMAI should enroll in Art 2140 Portfolio I.  See Program Completion Plans for details.


Henderson State University

The HSU Department of Art strives to provide the best visual arts education in a nurturing environment. Our excellent faculty, small classes and great facilities give our students a unique opportunity to become strong artists, designers and educators. Our graduates are among the best in their fields.

We offer three degree emphasis:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Design

• Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts

• Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in studio art

–We like to see a commitment to drawing and design work with our incoming freshman.  There is not a portfolio review for admission but would love to have them come to campus for a visit to see the program.
Katherine A. Strause, M.F.A.
Chair and Associate Professor of Art
Henderson State University
Box 7723
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001


University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA in Art) offers undergraduate instruction leading to a baccalaureate degree in art (BA in Art) with these tracks:

  • Art History: emphases in all eras of western European art and selected non-Western subjects.
  • Studio Art: offers the breadth of a liberal arts degree while also providing students with foundational art making skills in a variety of studio disciplines.
  • Art Education: prepares students for licensure to teach art at the kindergarten through secondary school levels. The art education track requires a minor in secondary education.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The BFA degree is a professional degree. Students are accepted into the BFA program by means of a portfolio, transcript review, short interview, and a letter of purpose. The BFA in Art has three tracks:

  • Fine Art (Studio Art): specialization or emphasis areas in drawing, painting, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
  • Applied Design: emphasis areas in furniture design, metals and ceramics.
  • Art Education: prepares students for licensure to teach art at the kindergarten through secondary school levels in addition to an emphasis area in BFA studio art or applied design.

Master of Arts

The Department of Art also offers graduate instruction leading to a masters degree in art (MA in Art) with areas of concentration in Art History, Studio Art, and Art Education.

—We would like to see plenty of drawings to evaluate their skills. Sketchbooks are good too. Also seeing what other media they have worked with as well. Original work is always preferred. Presentation of the work is important too. Flat unwrinkled drawings presented in an appropriate portfolio, i.e., a portfolio that is well maintained whether it is a paper or plastic/leather portfolio.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.
Tom Clifton | Professor of Art | Interim Chair
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Department of Art
501.569.3182 | |


University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

The University of Arkansas Department of Art

Under direction of our accomplished faculty, the University of Arkansas Department of Art, located in Fayetteville, AR, offers professional art degrees in many media areas, including Visual Design, Photography, Art History, Art Education, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting and Printmaking.

We offer several degrees for those interested in the arts as a career.

We enjoy a close proximity and strong relationship with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local arts organizations and maintain an active presence in the communities of Northwest Arkansas. Our Fine Arts Gallery, in the impressive Fine Arts facilities by architect Edward Durrell Stone, show both student and professional works on a near-constant basis. We own seven site-specific mobiles by famous artist Alexander Calder.

On November 16, 2013 we will be having a Student Day from 10AM – 3PM where high school students will be able to have their portfolios critiqued by our Art Faculty. This might be a good chance for your students to network a bit also. Our Admissions Department is sending out an invite. If you’d like to you can send me a list of interested students and their emails so we may submit them this invite. 

When it comes to to applying for our program, there are really no requirements beyond the application itself and of course a good GPA doesn’t hurt!

The above link will take you to our website and explains our different degree programs. 

Hope this helps!!


Brittany Cusanek


Department of Art
1 University of Arkansas
FNAR 116
Fayetteville, AR 72701