Details are outlined for application to Advanced Professional Certificate Programs through the College of Art and Design.
An Advanced Professional Certification Program application for admission should include the following:
After all required documents are received, and your portfolio review
completed, we will assess your application. You should expect
notification of a decision within 1-2 weeks of completing the process.
If accepted to the college, a $300 tuition deposit must be submitted to
secure a space.
We prefer that you send all of your application materials together in
one packet. Otherwise, please begin your application process by sending
a completed, signed application form, $40 application fee, personal
essay, and resume.
For your personal essay, please choose a piece of artwork from your
portfolio and write a 1-2 page typed description of its inspiration,
your creative process, and the work's meaning and significance to you.
Include a resume listing your accomplishments and co-curricular
activities, including: awards, exhibits, leadership roles, community
service, and other interests outside of art.
The portfolio review and interview are integral parts of your
application. All applicants are required to have a portfolio review and
submit slides or a digital portfolio. Your portfolio is a selection of
12 to 20 pieces representative of your artwork. For help selecting
work for your portfolio, refer to the portfolio guide, or contact one of our Admissions Counselors.
To meet the portfolio review/interview requirement, you may:
If you are unable to schedule a portfolio review in person, submit
your slide sheet or digital files with your application and we will
contact you to request a phone interview.
The personal interview is a comprehensive, informal discussion that takes place during your portfolio review.
All applicants are required to submit a slide sheet of 12-20 slides
or a digital portfolio of 12-20 digital scans of their artwork.
SAT or ACT scores are not required of Advanced Professional Certificate applicants.
Letters of recommendation are optional. We suggest you include 1-3
letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or professionals to
support your application.
Those wishing to qualify for prerequisite exemptions must submit a
slide portfolio demonstrating foundation study and their most advanced
level of work in their intended major. The quality of the portfolio,
along with college credits earned and relevant life or work experience
in the visual arts will determine the level at which you are placed.
Application requirements for part-time students are the same as those for full-time students.
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