The School of Art seeks motivated, enthusiastic students regardless of previous background in the visual arts; however, admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art program is a selective two-part process.
The first part of the admission process occurs when a student who is accepted by LSU applies to the School of Art to enter the Studio Art Foundation program. The primary tool for identifying candidates is a review of the high school academic gpa and ACT or SAT scores. However, students who feel they would be better represented by a personal interview to show an existing portfolio should contact the School of Art office to schedule an on-campus meeting. Students who have been accepted for admission into the Foundations Program will be notified in writing. Students who are not approved will also be notified in writing and may choose to pursue the Minor in Fine Art.
Three Year Concentration
The second phase of the admission process for the BFA in Studio Art takes place upon completion of the freshman year. Students will submit a portfolio of work selected from projects undertaken during their first-year foundation courses (Graphic Design Selective Admissions). Students who successfully pass this review may pursue a three-year concentration in Graphic Design and any studio art minor concentration listed in the LSU General Catalog.
Transfer students from other LSU programs and from other universities will be considered according to the same selective admissions standards. Individuals not admitted to the professional program through the selective admissions process may continue with other BFA requirements but will not have access to courses in the graphic design concentration. Transfer credits will be accepted for degree credit if the completed coursework is equivalent to degree work in the LSU School of Art, as determined by portfolio evaluation by the graphic design faculty and the school director. The deadline for transfer applications is February 15th for the fall semester and September 15th for the spring semester each year. Prospective students should contact the graphic design area coordinator well in advance of the transfer deadline.
Personal Computer Requirement
Students accepted into the Graphic Design curriculum and the Visual Communications Minor are required to have their own wireless internet access laptop computer prior to entering the second year of study. Information regarding the type, specifications, and software is available here.
To apply to LSU, visit the LSU Graduate School for a checklist of required materials and admission standards. There you will find an online application form, along with instructions for paying your application fee and submitting transcripts and test scores.
To apply to the School of Art graduate program, you need to complete the School’s application form and submit it along with your transcripts, your portfolio, a self-addressed stamped envelope, a personal letter of background and intent, and three letters of recommendation. Detailed instructions for submission can be found on the MA/MFA application form.
Admissions are selective and your application is evaluated on the basis of grade point average, letters of recommendation and your portfolio. You must have a BA or BS degree to be considered for the graduate program.