Art Admissions

  • Sculpture Area Exhibition

Having chosen the Frostic School of Art for your creative studies, we want to get a sense of who you are as an artist. The following instructions and guidelines for your statement of intent, portfolio and recommendation form should help you with the application process. All applications must be submitted using the online platform through Slideroom at Slideroom charges a $10 fee at the time of submission.

Frostic School of Art Application Process

Statement of intent

All applicants are required to write a statement of intent. The purpose of the statement of intent is to give us a sense of your creative aspirations, ideas, and goals. Respond to the following question in 500-word minimum essay through Slideroom: What are your creative & academic goals at the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University?


The portfolio is an essential piece of how we get to know you as an artist and evaluate your skills and talent. A complete portfolio includes 8-10 original (not copied) works created within the last two years. Your portfolio should showcase your artistic strengths and abilities. The pieces in your portfolio can be assignments from art classes; we strongly encourage you to include pieces that reflect your individual ideas, talents, and inspirations.

Portfolios should include the following:

  1. At least one example of a still-life (direct observation) drawing
  2. At least one example of 2-dimensional artwork (that is not photography)
  3. Four to six examples of strongest artwork (any 2D or 3D medium)

*For details on preparing and formatting your digital and video artwork, visit Slideroom’s applicant FAQ.

Recommendation form

A recommendation form is required to be considered for a scholarship award. It should be completed by a person who is familiar with your artistic abilities (i.e., an art instructor, counselor, or teacher). The recommendation form is sent through Slideroom to the person of your choosing’s email.


The Frostic School of Art employs rolling admission; prospective students are invited to submit their application and portfolio anytime. Decisions are made at the end of each month

For scholarship consideration, applicants should apply before February 1. 

If you have any questions about the Frostic School of Art or the application process, please feel free to contact the Director of Academic Advising, Nick Gauthier, at (269) 387-2440 or

*After successful completion of Foundation Art courses, students have an opportunity to continue on the B.A. track or apply to their choice of a B.F.A. program