The Gwen Frostic School of Art offers different pathways and opportunities to pursue including programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, or a minor.

How to apply

Step 1: Apply to WMU

You must be admitted to WMU before you can be accepted into the College of Fine Arts.

Step 2: Apply to your program

Apply to the School of Art. You can apply concurrently to both WMU and the College, you do not have to wait until you are accepted by WMU. 

Step 3: Portfolio review

Once you have submitted your application you will need to undergo portfolio review to be admitted. Portfolio reviews for all programs except Product Design are conducted online.

Interview Days, On Campus (Product Design applicants only): 

Monday, February 18, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019

Transfer students

Students with plans to transfer to WMU and pursue a major in the Frostic School of Art are encouraged to contact the art academic advisor early in the process. Working with the art academic advisor allows prospective transfer students to discuss transferrable credit hours, create a timeline for admission and enrollment, as well as choose upcoming courses at the student’s community college. Students can also review transferrable credits and course equivalencies through the WMU Office of Admissions’ transfer guides.

Graduate admissions

The Master of Arts in Art Education—M.A.—is a completely online program that allows you to advance your career as an educator, whether you teach in a K-12 setting or have a role in a museum or a not-for-profit art organization. Through advanced courses focusing on art education theory, current issues, innovative pedagogy and research, students are empowered with the skills needed to be leaders in the profession. The program is designed to be completed in six semesters to accommodate the schedule of working educators (four semesters at six credits each and two thesis semesters at three credits each). Students not working outside of the home who are able to enroll in more credits per semester can complete the program in less time. This program does not offer teacher certification or an art education endorsement.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art education or related area
  • Minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Prior experience or demonstrated interest in art education


  • August 1—fall entry
  • December 1—spring entry
  • April 1—summer entry

Application process

Application for admission to the M.A. in art education is submitted through the WMU online application system.


Required documents

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Applicants will submit requests for recommendations through the WMU online application system.
  • A double-spaced, 500-1500 word, written statement, in response to the following items:

Summarize your experience in academic, professional, research, creative, or scholarly activities. Indicate how these experiences have prepared you for graduate study  in art education, and how the M.A. degree will contribute to your professional goals. This statement will demonstrate your writing ability and communication skills.

  • Application to the M.A. in Art Education program does not require a portfolio or graduate test.

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions to the master’s program in art education within three weeks of submitting a completed application.

For questions about the master’s in art education program, contact Dr. William Charland at Thank you for your interest in the art education graduate program.