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School of Fine ArtsArt & Art History Department

Undergraduate Admissions – General Guidelines

Class of 2021, the Common Application is now available for Fall 2017 admission!

Admissions to the School of Fine Arts as a Studio Art Major is a two part process involving both a portfolio review as well as the submission of the online Common Application.  The Common Application can be accessed through the University of Connecticut undergraduate Admissions Office.

Entrance into the Studio Art program is competitive and the portfolio review is a vital part of the admission process. The portfolio guidelines  can be found here.

All applicants to Studio Art will upload a portfolio to SlideRoom. You may also attend an in-person review, but are still required to upload a digital portfolio to SlideRoom.

In-person Portfolio Review:  Applicants may attend one of the Department’s in-person portfolio reviews held in Hartford or Storrs.  No appointments are necessary. See schedule below.  These portfolio reviews are conducted by the faculty and are recommended as the best and most effective way to present your work.

Online Portfolio Review:  All applicants will upload a portfolio through SlideRoom, which is accessible via the Common Application. Applicants who have presented a portfolio in person must still upload a digital portfolio via SlideRoom. Admissions and scholarship decisions, and ranking of applicants, occurs only through SlideRoom portfolios.

We DO NOT accept slides, CDs or DVDs.  Please do not send them to either the Department or the Admissions Office.

IMPORTANT:  The Common Application will not consider your application complete unless SlideRoom has been completed.

Only applicant portfolios that have been submitted online through SlideRoom in the Common Application, in accordance with the deadlines indicated below, will be considered for admission into the School of Fine Arts.  Portfolios received outside of these processes or after the indicated deadlines will NOT be considered. We do not schedule private review sessions.

Portfolio Review Schedule & Application Deadlines


Saturday, November 6, 2016

Hartford Art School (host)

Hartford CT

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Department of Art and art History

University of Connecticut

Art Building, Room 109

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm (no appointment necessary)

(snow date: Sunday, December 4, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm)

The Storrs review is the final opportunity for an in-person portfolio review.

January 15  Common Application deadline

February 1 – Deadline for SlideRoom completion only

All regular Freshman and Transfer admissions Common Applications are due to Undergraduate Admissions.
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