Art & Design

BFA, BA, Minor Application Information

Deadlines

Bachelor of Fine Arts: First-Year Applicants

What is a first-year applicant?

Fall Admission Only

Early Action Deadlines

Rutgers University Application: November 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: November 15
Decision : 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: External Transfer Applicants

What is an external transfer applicant?

Fall Admission Only

Art & Design Transfer Policy

How do you evaluate transfer credit?

Early Action Deadlines

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

Regular Action Deadlines

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Current or Former Rutgers Students

Fall Semester Deadlines

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu by February 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: February 15
Decision: June 30

Spring Semester Deadlines

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu by November 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: November 15
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 Talent Assessment 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 Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management 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 Talent Assessment. If approved artistically by the Department of Art & Design faculty, students are permitted to declare the bachelor of arts in art as their major. Priority submission deadline for a fall semester start is February 15.

Minor in Art

The minor in art is available to all Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduate students who gain approval from their degree-granting unit. Students must submit a statement of purpose for admission for approval to declare the art minor. 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 art minor. Priority submission deadline for a Fall semester start is February 15.

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 2022 admissions cycle - use code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT

Mason Gross Talent Assessment

Requirements

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

Personal Statement

In 300 to 600 words, include a description of who you are and your experience with art. Your statement should set out your major artistic and academic goals, including your reasons for pursuing a degree in Art & Design. This statement could tell us whether you’ve worked in art mostly on your own, or that you have had many studio courses. Please tell us about your experience of art, galleries, or museums that have inspired or influenced your own work and outlook.

Portfolio Requirements

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 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.

Description of Work

For each upload, please include the following information:

  • Dimension (height precedes width)
  • Materials used
  • Date produced
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 & Minor programs