SUNY New Paltz Portfolio Instructions

Arts Majors Offered:

Art Education, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Metal, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Art History

Prospective art students must first be accepted into SUNY New Paltz. Upon acceptance to the college, students interested in art programs and meeting departmental academic requirements* will be asked to submit a portfolio to determine admission to the art program (portfolio content and submission requirements differ for freshmen and transfer students; specific information is available at Students accepted into the art program will be placed according to the strengths of their artistic capabilities, as demonstrated by the proficiency and promise of work included in their portfolios.

Accepted students enter as prospective candidates for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in visual arts or as a pre-major in art education. Upon completion of the art foundation core and basic studio classes in a particular medium, students in the BA or BS program may choose to apply to one of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs. Entrance into a BFA program is by portfolio and interview; the student applies directly to the specific program of interest.

* A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required for admission to the art program; a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for admission to the art education program.

Portfolio Guidlines