Admission to the Department of Art + Design

Freshman/first time students

Students applying to the Sage College of Albany Department of Art + Design should apply through Sage’s Admissions Office. Students must submit a portfolio of current work for acceptance into any of the Art + Design BFA programs. 

If a freshman student does not pass a portfolio review (or does not have a portfolio), but still meets requirements for entry into the college, that student can be accepted as an Academic Exploration (AEX) major for the freshman year and take all foundation level studio courses. AEX students must pass a portfolio review, or maintain at least a 3.0 average in all six freshman studios, before being accepted into any of the Art + Design BFA programs.

Transfer students

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 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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