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1. Apply to JMU 

Visit JMU Freshman Application Requirements to learn more about the university’s application process.

2. Apply to the School of Art, Design and Art History

You must also apply to SADAH by submitting a portfolio to be accepted as a candidate for the Architectural Design, Art B.F.A., Graphic Design and Industrial Design programs.  Students hoping to pursue an Art History or Art B.A./B.S. degree do not need to submit a portfolio at any time. 

➔ For questions about scheduling a tour, the application process and more, contact SADAH's Recruitment & Records Specialist Michael Penney.

First-year portfolio deadlines

  • Early Action: Friday, Nov. 11, 2022
  • Regular Decision: Monday, Feb. 6, 2023

Transfer/Change of Major portfolio deadlines

  • Spring 2023: Friday, Oct. 7, 2022
  • Fall 2023: Friday, March 3, 2023

Portfolio Feedback Days

Attending an on-campus or virtual Portfolio Feedback Day is required for consideration for SADAH merit scholarships and highly recommended for admission 

Fall Semester:
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022
  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022
Spring Semester:
  • Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023
  • Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023

Students pursuing Art B.F.A., Architectural Design, Graphic Design or Industrial Design programs must attend in a Portfolio Feedback Day (virtual or in person) to be considered for any SADAH merit scholarships, which vary in amount up to the full cost of tuition.

For scholarship consideration, students should

  1. apply Early Action to JMU,
  2. attend a Portfolio Feedback Day prior to Jan. 25 and
  3. submit via Slideroom one letter of recommendation, an arts resume and a 300-word (max) essay describing the merits of one of your pieces

Students seeking scholarship consideration in the Art History or Art (BA/BS) programs should contact Records & Recruitment Specialist Michael Penney.

Submit Your Portfolio

Learn about portfolios and their role in the admission process.

Portfolio Feedback Days are an opportunity to meet with faculty, learn about your chosen major and take a tour of the school. SADAH faculty will look at your portfolio with you and give advice on which pieces to keep and what to work on. They also will talk with you about your artistic and professional goals and current art-related activities like exhibits, clubs or awards. This is a private session. 

Admission decisions are not made during Portfolio Feedback Days.

SADAH holds several on-campus Portfolio Feedback Days each year. Attendance is highly recommended, but not required, for admission to SADAH. 

Scholarships

Students must participate in a Portfolio Feedback Day (virtual or in person) to be considered for any SADAH merit scholarships, which vary in amount up to the full cost of tuition. For scholarship consideration, students should apply Early Action to JMU and attend a Portfolio Feedback Day prior to Jan. 25.

For scholarship consideration, submit the following on Slideroom:

  • One letter of recommendation
  • An arts resume
  • 300-word (max) essay describing the merits of one of your pieces

Students intending to major in Art History or Art Studio (BA/BS) should contact Records & Recruitment Specialist Michael Penney.

Ready to submit?

When your portfolio is finalized, click a link below and read carefully before uploading your digital images.

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