B.F.A. Studio Art

How To Apply

Step 1: Apply To NYU
Follow the instructions on how to apply to NYU outlined by the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Step 2: Submit Your Portfolio
Follow the Portfolio Guidelines instructions detailed below.
Application Deadlines

University application for Fall 2017: November 1, 2016
Portfolio for Fall 2017: November 1, 2016

University application for Fall 2017: Janaury 1, 2017
Portfolio for Fall 2017: January 1, 2017


For Spring 2017:

University application: November 1, 2016
Portfolio: November 1, 2016

For Fall 2017:
University application: April 1, 2017
Portfolio: April 1, 2017

Your portfolio may arrive any time before the deadline, but will not be reviewed until your application for admission is complete. Portfolios received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Note for Early Decision Applicants:

November Early Decision applicants are strongly urged to contact the Undergraduate Student Services Counselor Lonnie Woods at lw1024@nyu.edu to schedule a time to discuss the readiness of their portfolio.

Notes for Transfer Applicants:

Refer to the Transfer-specific application instructions page, where you will find answers to common questions about applying as a transfer student and step-by -step application instructions. 

Portfolio Guidelines

Work submitted can be in any style or medium and should show a dedication to and investment in innovation and exploration. Students should select work that best shows their personal styletechnical skillsideas and creative approaches to subject matter and materials.

Online Portfolio Submission Instructions:

  • All components of your portfolio must be submitted through nyusteinhardt.slideroom.com.
  •  You must create or log-into slideroom.com. Setting up an account is free.
  •  All applicants must pay a $10.00 submission fee.
  •  All portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline.

Portfolio Submission Details

Your portfolio must include:

1. 15-20 images of artwork completed within the last two years, done in any medium (painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, digital art, installation, sound, etc.). Each image/video must contain the work’s title, year completed, medium and size. (ex. Amy's Self Portrait, 2016, Ink and Charcoal on Canvas, 11X14)

Videos can be submitted in addition to, but not in place of, digital images. Videos can be a compilation of various works, but the total running time cannot exceed five minutes. Genres appropriate to video documentation include video art, performance, and kinetic art, NOT documentation of sculptures or exhibitions.

2.  A one-page artist’s statement describing your:

a) goals as an artist;

b) artistic influences, including two contemporary artists who are nationally or internationally recognized (these artists should have created new work within the past 20 years and they should be represented in major art museums and/or art galleries which feature contemporary visual artists);

c) background and interests, including previous art training, and films, literature, or music you enjoy and how they relate to your art work;

d) what you hope to gain from studying in the Studio Art program at NYU.

Interviews/In-person Portfolio Reviews

Due to the large number of applications, high school applicants are not given in-person interviews, but you may want to attend one of our informational events.  See more details and dates for upcoming information sessions and recruitment events.

Portfolio Review Day
We do not participate in National Portfolio Review Day regional events. However, we invite you to our own Portfolio Review event to discuss your work with an NYU faculty member.  You will have the opportunity to meet with current students to learn more about our BFA program, tour the campus, the art department's Barney Building, and Senior Studios at 20 Cooper Square.
Friday, November 11.
Space is limited.  RSVP required.

More Information

Prof. Marlene McCarty
BFA Program Director
Email: mm148@nyu.edu

Lonnie Woods
Undergraduate Student Services Counselor
Email:  lw1024@nyu.edu

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