University of Buffalo Portfolio Instructions

Arts Majors Offered:

Art, Art History, Architecture, and Visual Studies

Entering Freshmen

Students accepted to the University that indicate “Fine Art” (B.F.A.) or “Studio Art” (B.A.) as their intended major on their UB application will be block registered into fall semester Art Foundation Art Program courses on a first-come, first-serve basis. For information on how to apply to UB, contact UB Undergraduate Admissions.  At the beginning of the spring semester of the freshman year, students who have earned a GPA of 2.5 or above in their Fall foundations courses will automatically be accepted into the Department of Art. Students that have a GPA in foundations courses of less than 2.5 will have to pass a portfolio review/interview during the spring semester of the freshman year to be accepted as an Art major. Contact the Academic Advisor, Lisa Hewitt, for more information on the review process.

Programs with Specific Portfolio Instructions:


All freshman applicants are invited to submit a digital student portfolio OR complete an architecture design project to demonstrate their creativity and interest in architecture. Please note that the digital student portfolio or architecture design project may be one of many factors considered in the review of an applicant’s eligibility for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, but does not determine final admissibility into the undergraduate academic program or the university. The University at Buffalo architecture program is the only program in New York State that accepts either a digital student portfolio or an architecture design project.