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Art & Design Admissions

BFA, BA, Minor Application Information

HOW TO APPLY 

Bachelor of Fine Arts: First-Year Applicants

Fall Admission Only

Early Action Deadlines

Rutgers University Application: November 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: November 15
Decision posted by: January 31

Regular Action Deadlines

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15
Decision posted by: April 1

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Transfer Applicants

Fall Admission Only

Early Action Deadlines

Rutgers University Application: November 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: November 15
Decision posted by: January 31

Regular Action Deadlines

Rutgers University Application: February 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: February 15
Decision posted by: April 1

Bachelor of Fine Arts: School-to-School Transfer and Re-Enrollment

Fall Semester Deadlines

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu: April 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: April 15
Decision: June 30

Spring Semester Deadlines

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu: November 15
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: December 1
Decision: January 15

Application Requirements

Current or former Rutgers students interested in the bachelor of fine arts in visual arts or bachelor of fine arts in design should start the process by emailing admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu. In your email include your full name, RUID, current or former school enrolled, year, and program you are interested in.

To be considered for admissions applicants are reviewed both artistically and academically. After contacting admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu, applicants will be emailed the Mason Gross supplemental application to submit a portfolio through SlideRoom.

If recommended artistically by the Department of Art & Design faculty, applicants will be granted access via RUID to the Rutgers School to School Transfer Application or the Rutgers Re-Enrollment Application. The appropriate university application will be reviewed by the Mason Gross Dean of Students academically. 

Admission Requirements

From another Rutgers–New Brunswick school:

  • 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • Expository Writing (01:355:101) or an acceptable equivalent course with a grade of C or better

From another Rutgers–Camden or Rutgers–Newark school:

  • At least two semesters, including the current semester, as a student in your present school or college at Rutgers University, also including at least 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • English Composition I and II (Camden 50:350:101 and 50:350:102) (Newark 21:355:101 and 21:355:102) with grades of C or better
Bachelor of Arts in Art

Fall Admission Only

To pursue the bachelor of arts in art, applicants must first apply to and be accepted into the School of Arts and Sciences. After being accepted into the School of Arts and Sciences, applicants and current students should email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu for the link to submit the Mason Gross Supplemental Application. If approved artistically by the Department of Art & Design faculty, students are permitted to declare the bachelor of arts in art as their major.

Minor in Art

The minor in art is available to all Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduate students who gain approval from their degree-granting unit. Art minors are not required to submit a portfolio for admission. To declare, one of the following courses must be completed with a grade of C or better: 07:081:121,227, or 228. To maintain status, students must adhere to a C or better grade requirement for all courses in the minor. Because studio courses are sequential, students are advised to declare the minor by the first semester of their junior year to allow for adequate time to complete the visual arts minor.

Rutgers University Application

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – for current high school students
  • Official high school transcript or GED results – recommended for all transfer applicants, required for transfer applicants who, after high school graduation, have completed fewer than 24 college credits.
  • English proficiency test scores international applicants
  • SAT or ACT scores are optional for applicants to the 2021 admissions cycle - use code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT

Mason Gross Supplemental Application

Five business days after submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be emailed a link to submit a Mason Gross supplemental application.

  • $15 SlideRoom fee
  • Art & Design Questionnaire
  • Personal Statement
  • Portfolio

Personal Statement

In 300-600 words, include a description of who you are and your experiences with art.

Portfolio Requirements

All applicants applying to the Department of Art & Design bachelor of fine arts in visual arts, bachelor of fine arts in design, or bachelor of arts in art are required to submit a portfolio and Art & Design questionnaire. The portfolio should include 15-20 examples of artwork (produced within the past two years) that reflect your accomplishments and emphasize your strengths. The portfolio should tell us that you will be successful in our classes, including those that introduce you to new materials and ideas. The Art & Design questionnaire asks about your background and interest in art and requires applicants to submit an artist statement, which should include a description of who you are and your experience in art.

The portfolio should include at least one page from a sketchbook and, if possible, include a variety of media such as painting, observational drawing, photography, print, or sculpture. If possible, include self-initiated work as well as classroom assignments. If your primary interest is video, include at least one video in addition to your other work. If your primary interest is photography, include other media in addition to the photographs in your portfolio.

 

Things to Consider
  • Be selective and only show your best work.
  • Show some personal work.
  • Show a variety of media, color, as well as monochrome.
  • Avoid cartoon action figures, monsters, graffiti art, cute pets, portraits drawn from photographs, images of vacations, in particular sunsets, and flowers.

Learn about the BFA Program

Learn about the BA and Minor programs