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1. Apply to JMU 

Visit JMU Transfer Applicants to learn more about the university’s application process.

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

  1. 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. 
  2. You must also submit copies of your unofficial college/university transcripts

➔ 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. 17, 2023
  • Regular Decision: Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

Transfer/Change of Major Portfolio Deadlines

  • Spring 2024: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023
  • Fall 2024: Friday, March 8, 2024

SlideRoom portfolio submission links will be posted later this summer. 

Portfolio Feedback Days

Attending an on-campus or virtual Portfolio Feedback Day is required for consideration for SADAH merit scholarships and is highly recommended for admission Registration will close one week prior.

  • Saturday, October 14, 2023
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023
  • Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Saturday, February 3, 2024
Registration links for Portfolio Feedback Day will be posted later this summer. 

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
  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 concentrations, 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.

Students must participate in a Portfolio Feedback Day to be considered for any SADAH merit scholarships, which vary in amount up to the full cost of tuition. Portfolios should be submitted as early as possible for scholarship consideration. 

Admission decisions are not made during Portfolio Feedback Days.

Ready to submit? 

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

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