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Undergraduate Admission

At the Gwen Frostic School of art you will experience professional-level facilities that offer inventive spaces for the study, creation, and exhibition of art. Students choose the Frostic School of Art because it has the qualities of a private art school in a major research university environment. Students’ education is supported with a multitude of opportunities from other disciplines, including collaboration with the 3 other units that together form the College of Fine Arts: the Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre. The School of Art encourages students to pursue their curiosity, become critical thinkers, and develop creative problem solving skills.

Bachelor of Art (B.A.) or Minor Program Admission

All prospective students must first apply to Western Michigan University through the Office of Admissions at wmich.edu/apply. If you have questions about how to apply online, please call (269) 387-2000.

Students who are interested in pursuing a visual art major or minor must also submit an application to the Frostic School of Art through the online applicant platform Slideroom at frosticart.slideroom.com. The secondary application includes a statement of intent, digital portfolio, and a recommendation. Detailed instructions and requirements for the Frostic School of Art can be viewed here:

Bachelor of Art (B.A.) or minor admission instructions

Application Deadlines for Art Major and Minor

The Frostic School of Art employs rolling admission; prospective students are invited to submit their application and portfolio anytime.

For scholarship consideration, applicants should apply before February 1.

If you are interested in the Art History major and minor, you do not need to submit the secondary application. To declare an Art History major and minor, contact our academic advisor, Nick Gauthier at art-advising@wmich.edu, to discuss course requirements at (269) 387-2440 or make an appointment online.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Program Admissions

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree provides a more focused curriculum for students with a desire to establish a career as a professional artist. Any student interested in pursuing a B.F.A. degree must first apply and be accepted into the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program. After successful completion of Foundation Art courses, B.A. students have the option to apply to one of the following B.F.A. programs:

          • B.F.A. in art education (K-12)
          • B.F.A. in graphic design

B.F.A. in Art with an emphasis in:

          • ceramics
          • metals/jewelry
          • painting
          • photography
          • photography and intermedia
          • printmedia
          • sculpture

Discuss your application with a faculty member in your area of interest.

Application instructions and forms can be viewed here: