Prospective Students

If you’re looking for small class sizes, flexible scheduling, personal attention, and a close-knit community, you’ve come to the right place.

The Department of Art and Music at Framingham State University has all of this, and more, including a stellar faculty and motivated students. Let us
help you build a successful path to your career in Art and Design.

We offer a collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary environment where creativity thrives. Small classes allow us to get to know our students. This personalized experience, combined with a pursuit of academic excellence, is why students choose our program. 

The wonderful faculty, inspiring courses, and healthy environment at Framingham State allowed for my passions to flourish and my drive to become an artist was realized. Enrolling at FSU for my undergraduate degree was the best decision I could have made to fuel my creative mind."

Elaine Rubenoff

BA in Studio Art (Painting), 2014; MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017

  • Application to the Major
    All prospective students for the Studio Art major regardless of concentration are required to submit a portfolio, which will be reviewed by the faculty. Applicants for admission into the major should submit their portfolio digitally through Slideroom -

    The Portfolio should contain 10-15 examples of the strongest and most recent artwork made by the applicant.

    The portfolio should include artworks:
    > Created from direct observation (minimum one self-portrait and one still-life)
    > Using a variety of media, techniques, subject matter and scale
    > Work samples that demonstrate dedication, sustained interest and artistic development over time.
    > Sketchbooks, graphic design work and experimental pieces are also acceptable

    Application Deadline(s): Fall Semester - November 15 (Early Action), February 15, March 15 (Transfers); Spring Semester -  December 1 

    *Current FSU Students may apply for the Studio Art major on a rolling basis by submitting their work through Slideroom.
  • On-Campus Visit Days + Portfolio Reviews
    The On-Campus Portfolio Review is an opportunity for potential students to tour the studios and meet individually with representatives of the faculty and discuss their work, ambitions and interest in the major. It is intended to be primarily informational and to help the student prepare their portfolio for admission to the Studio Art major. High School Juniors, Seniors and Transfer Students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    We will begin by touring our facilities and welcoming prospective students and parents, then each student will be able to meet one-on-one with faculty to get feedback on their portfolios. We are asking students to arrive at either 3:00pm, or 4:00pm for these information sessions and tours.

    Each participant will meet with two faculty members for 15-20 minutes. If faculty feel the student is fully prepared for entry into the major the digital portfolio requirement can be waived after the assessment of the student’s work at the in-person review.

    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in-person Portfolio Reviews are suspended.

Please note that all completed applications to the Studio Art program will be acted upon as undeclared majors by the Admissions Committee at the end of March if they have not yet completed the Portfolio Review Requirement, current FSU students who want to declare the Studio Art major must complete the Portfolio Review before you can enroll in certain Studio Art courses.



Framingham State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)