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Undergraduate Program: How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the School of Art, Design, and Art History. Our process is unique in that students interested in majoring in Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Industrial Design, or Studio Art must complete an electronic portfolio submission in addition to James Madison University's application process. Please follow the steps below to complete your submission:

PROSPECTIVE FRESHMEN:

  1. Apply to James Madison University.
    November 1 - Early Action deadline
    January 15 - Regular Admission deadline
    ALL additional materials (transcripts, SAT scores, and personal statements) must also be received by the dates listed above. Official JMU application forms can be completed on-line at the JMU Admissions website (http://www.jmu.edu/admissions/undergrad/index.shtml).
     
  2. Submit a Portfolio to SlideRoom for SADAH admissions at jmuart.slideroom.com.
    November 1 - Early Action portfolio submission deadline
    January 15 - Regular Admission portfolio submission deadline

Prospective freshmen are encouraged to participate in an official on- or off-campus portfolio feedback session to gain professional feedback about their portfolio, meet with our faculty, learn about the school’s many programs, and tour of our facilities.  For more information about portfolio requirements, please see the Freshman Portfolio Requirements.

TRANSFER STUDENTS:

  1. Apply to James Madison University.
    October 15 - Deadline for Spring semester admission to the University
    February 1 - Deadline for Summer semester admission
    March 1 - Deadline for Fall semester admission 
    Please go to the following website to learn more about the university’s application process for transferring from Virginia Community Colleges, Non-Virginia Community Colleges, Four-Year Institutions, or if you are an International Transfer Student: http://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer.shtml

  2. Submit a portfolio to SlideRoom for SADAH admissions at jmuart.slideroom.com.
    In addition to submitting your portfolio, please upload copies of your unofficial college/university transcripts and statement of intent.
    October 15 - Deadline for Spring semester portfolio submissions
    February 1 - Deadline for Summer semester portfolio submissions
    March 1 - Deadline for Fall semester portfolio submissions

Prospective transfer students can receive feedback about their portfolio prior to submitting it to SlideRoom by participating in an official on- or off-campus portfolio feedback session. On-campus feedback sessions include an informational session about the school’s many programs and tours of our facilities. For more information about portfolio requirements, please see the Transfer/Change of Major Portfolio Requirements.

CHANGE OF MAJOR STUDENTS:

All change of major students intending to major in Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Studio Art, or pursue an emphasis in Industrial Design, must successfully complete a portfolio review for the School of Art, Design, and Art History in order to change their major.

  1. Submit a portfolio for SADAH admissions to SlideRoom at jmuart.slideroom.com.
    In addition to submitting your portfolio, upload copies of your unofficial JMU transcripts and statement of intent.
    October 15 - Deadline for Spring semester portfolio submissions
    February 1 - Deadline for Summer semester portfolio submissions
    March 1 - Deadline for Fall semester portfolio submissions
     
  2. Upon successfully passing the portfolio review, change of major students receive a mailed letter that must be brought to the SADAH Office, Duke 1011, with a completed change of major form to officially declare within the School of Art, Design, and Art History.

If change of major students are interested in receiving feedback about their portfolio prior to submitting it to SlideRoom, they are encouraged to participate in an official on-campus portfolio feedback session. For more information about portfolio requirements, please see the Transfer/Change of Major Portfolio Requirements.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Prospective freshmen may be nominated for a Madison Achievement Scholarship based on the review of their portfolio submission by SADAH studio art and design faculty members. Transfer students may be nominated for a Madison Achievement Scholarship based on the review of their portfolio submission by SADAH studio art and design faculty members.

PORTFOLIO FEEDBACK SESSIONS:

Portfolio Feedback Sessions are held throughout the Fall semester for prospective students to meet our faculty and gain professional feedback on their physical portfolio prior to submitting to SlideRoom. All prospective students are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

  • On Campus Sessions
    On-campus portfolio feedback sessions for prospective freshmen will take place in the newly renovated Duke Hall at the corner of Grace Street and Main Street. Click here for a downloadable map and complete the on-line rsvp form to register for a session. Prospective students MUST sign-in at the welcome table at Duke Hall in order to have their portfolio reviewed on that day. Late arrivals will not be guaranteed a session.
    2015-2016 Dates To Be Announced

  • Off Campus Sessions
    JMU faculty will be attending these events to give feedback on portfolios submitted by prospective freshmen.
    2015-2016 Dates To Be Announced

ARE YOU INTENDING TO MAJOR IN ART HISTORY?

Students intending to major in art history are not required to submit a portfolio or additional materials for review, but should follow the regular JMU admissions process.

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