Admission

Admission to the Department of Art + Design

Freshman and first-time students

Freshman and first-time students applying to the Sage College of Albany Department of Art + Design can find everything they need on Sage’s First-Year Admission Page, including information on application procedures, tuition, financial aid, and scholarships.

Freshman and first-time student portfolios

All our Art + Design programs also have a portfolio review requirement. This can sound a little intimidating, but don’t worry. As a freshman or first-time student, you have two options:

1. If you have a portfolio that’s ready to submit, great! You can do so using the Slideroom link below.

2. If you don’t have a portfolio, or you don’t feel your portfolio is quite ready, that’s okay. You can still join the Art + Design department as an Academic Exploration major for your freshman year. You’ll take all the same foundation courses the rest of the students take. Then, at the end of your first year…

    • You can submit a portfolio for review with all the foundation year work you just made, or…
    • If you have at least a 3.0 average in all your six foundation studio courses, the portfolio review requirement will be waived for you.

Transfer students

Transfer students applying to the Sage College of Albany Department of Art + Design can find everything they need on Sage’s Transfer Admission Page, including information on application procedures, tuition, financial aid, and scholarships.

All transfer students are required to submit a portfolio for review and acceptance into one of the four BFA programs within the Department.

What to include in your portfolio

Students should present a range of work, not just work from their desired major. Examples include drawings (still life, figure, architecture, landscapes etc.), photography, painting, digital work, 3-dimensional work, and any work that shows original ideas, creative compositions and good craftsmanship. Students should avoid submitting work that is derivative, copied or unoriginal.

Portfolio Submission

Portfolios may be submitted online at sagearts.slideroom.com. Instructions are provided on the website. Students may alternately request an on-campus portfolio review by contacting the admissions office at (888) 837-9724.

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