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Admission Requirements

Acceptance to the Visual Arts and Art Education majors requires a successful portfolio review as well as admission by the College. A portfolio review is also required to enter the Dual Visual Arts major which is offered to students enrolled in one of the following programs: Deaf Education and Art (DEAR), Early Childhood Education and Art (ECAR), Elementary Education and Art (ELAR), or Special Education and Art (SEAR). Please note: A portfolio review is not necessary for students applying for an Art History major.

SAT or ACT scores are required for Art History and Art Education applicants, however test scores are optional for Visual Arts applicants. Instead, extra emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s high school transcript, extracurricular involvement, and  art portfolio. Admitted students interested in being considered for scholarships will ultimately be required to submit their standardized test scores.

All prospective students are highly encouraged to attend Art Attack, our open house and portfolio consultation day on  Sunday, October 25, 2015.  See here for more details: Art Attack 2015

The Department of Art and Art History will also be offering a one day portfolio preparation workshop on Saturday, August 8, 2015. See here for more details: Portfolio Preparation Workshop

Freshmen Applicants Common Application Deadline SlideRoom Portfolio Deadline Notification of Decision
Early Decision I November 1 November 1 December 1
Early Decision II January 1 January 15 February 1
General Admission February 1 February 16 No later than April 1
Spring Admission November 1 November 1 December 1


Transfer Applicants Common Application Deadline SlideRoom Portfolio Deadline Notification of Decision
Spring 2015 Admission October 15 November 1 December 15
Fall 2015 Admission February 15 February 16 April 1

In order to be considered for admission into the Visual Art, Art Education, or  Dual Education/Visual Arts programs,  applicants must:

a) Digital images of 12 works of art
b) A numbered list indicating the title, materials and dimensions of the work
c) A one-page personal essay

Please note that a strong portfolio at Art Attack could meet the portfolio requirements for admission to the Art Education and Visual Arts major.

Professional presentation of the work is important. Please present documentation that is in-focus, well lit and shows your best work. Include 12 images of original works demonstrating the applicant’s drawing and technical skills, creativity, and aesthetic ability. A substantial part of the portfolio should feature drawings (still life, figure, self-portrait, and assorted sketches). All work must be original. Copies of other artists’ work should not be included in the portfolio. In addition, the slides should document work in other media (painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, digital media, and video). If possible, please also include at least one image from a sketchbook.

Image List
Include a numbered image list along with your submitted work. Indicate your name, date of completion, materials, and dimensions of the individual pieces.

Personal Essay
Please include a one-page, single-spaced statement that includes a brief description of who you are and your experience in art and life. Your essay should include your major artistic and academic goals, and your reasons for wanting to specialize in the visual arts.

Slideroom instructions
Please follow the Slideroom submission instructions carefully. Please DO NOT mail a portfolio CD or DVD.  If you experience difficulty uploading your artwork, you must contact Slideroom technical support at for assistance. Please allow one day for a response. You may also consult the Slideroom Helpdesk and FAQ at

Internal transfer application for current TCNJ students
Current TCNJ students looking to transfer into the Art Education or Visual Arts major must also submit a portfolio via SlideRoom. Internal applicants should use this link. Students planning to switch their major for Spring 2015 must submit their portfolio by Monday,  March 23, 2015. Please contact the program coordinators with any questions.

Art Education: Lisa LaJevic;
Fine Art and Lens-Based Art: Anita Allyn;
Graphic Design: Chung Chak;