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 Candidate at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • 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 must attend one of the scheduled Portfolio Reviews on campus.

    The Portfolio Review is an opportunity for potential students to meet individually with representatives of the faculty and discuss their work, ambitions and interest in the major. These informal interviews occur during the review while the other candidates are executing an assigned drawing for consideration in assessing the student’s ability and preparation for the major. Each participant will meet with two faculty members for 15-20 minutes. The remainder of the time is allocated for the completion of the assigned drawing.

    Your portfolio should contain 10-15 examples of your student work.

    These should be:
    > created from direct observation
    > using a variety of media, techniques, subject matter and scale
    > at least one self-portrait and one still-life
    > may also contain sketchbooks, graphic design work and experimental pieces

    Your portfolio should not contain:
    > Reproductions and photographs, only work from life, with the exception of photographs documenting three-dimensional work

  • 2016-17 Portfolio Review Dates

    Friday, November 18, 2016
    (Snow Date - Friday, December 2nd)

    Friday, February 3, 2017
    (Snow Date - Friday, February, 10th)

    Friday, March 3, 2017
    (Snow Date - Friday, March 10th)

    Friday, March 24, 2017
    (Snow Date - Friday, March 31st)

    All Portfolio Reviews are held in 406 May Hall from 1-3:00pm. Please allow plenty of time to locate the room and set-up for the review, we recommend you arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of the start time.

    *Note: It is not necessary for prospective students to bring any art supplies for the review, paper and pencils for the assigned on-site drawing will be provided.

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 either the Studio Art must participate in one of the scheduled Portfolio Reviews before you can enroll in certain Studio Art courses.



Register for the Portfolio Review

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