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Future Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a portfolio to enter the Art department?
Are any scholarships offered to incoming students?
Can I take a tour or speak to someone in person about the Art department?
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts: What's the difference?
What is the Concentration Admission Review I keep hearing about?
What kind of careers are available in the Arts?
I want to be an Art major! Now what?

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Do I need a portfolio to enter the Art department?
Whether you need a portfolio to enter the art department is the most often asked question by new and prospective students. The answer is no, you will not need to show any artwork to enter the program. Once you are accepted to the K-State, you are accepted to the Art Department as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts, without a concentration. Until you have completed all of the core art requirements and have passed the Concentration Admission Review, you are considered a general Fine Art student and are not in a specific concentration area.


Are any scholarships offered to incoming students?
Each spring, during the K-State Open House incoming freshman or transfer students (for incoming Fall students) will be given the opportunity to apply for scholarships by portfolio. Though most students bring the work to campus, should distance or time prevent you from making the trip to K-State, we will accept slides or photographs of artwork.  Please click on the Scholarships page for more information.


Can I take a tour or speak to someone in person about the Art department?
If you would like to schedule a visit to the Art department and meet with the Academic Advisor to discuss the program, your interests and direction, call the Campus Visits office at 785-532-6318 for a scheduled day on campus. The Art Department main office is located in 111 Willard Hall and we see prospective students Monday-Friday at 1:30pm.


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts: What's the difference?
Check out the Curriculum Guides to compare the differences. The BFA degree is the preferred degree for further study in an MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) program, you must pass the Concentration Admission Review to be accepted into a concentration area, and at the end of the senior year, students present a formal exhibition of their artwork. The BFA allows for more credit hours in Art courses, where the BA degree requires 4 semesters of a foreign language and more classes in the Humanities and Sciences (outside of the Art department). The BA might be a good choice if you're going for an Art Education degree, or wish to pair Art with another major (i.e. psychology, business, journalism). Still not sure? Email our advisor at queal5@ksu.edu for more information.


What is the Concentration Admission Review I keep hearing about?
All students must go through an admission review process to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Eligible students are those who have completed the core requirements for the BFA degree. CAR is offered every spring. The semester you are enrolled in the final of your core classes (spring semester of the sophomore year), you will apply to a specific concentration area (i.e. Graphic Design, Painting, Ceramics, Digital Experimental Arts, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, or Metalsmithing & Jewelry).

What kind of careers are available in the Arts?
http://www.k-state.edu/acic/majorin/art.html

Some of the jobs available to artists include:
Advertising artist, Animator, Art acquisition specialist, Art agent, Art instructor, Art therapist, Cartoonist, Exhibit designer, Freelance artist, Gallery director, Graphic designer / logo design, packaging, stationery, business identities, Illustrator, Industrial designer / develop concepts for cars, appliances, machinery, toys, Jewelry designer, Journalistic artist, Painter, Photographer, Photojournalist, Ceramicist, Sculptor, Set designer, Tattoo artist, Technical illustrator, Web designer, Software designer, Computer Systems designer, Medical illustrator, Book cover/CD cover artist, Art librarian, Picture Framer, Billboard artist/sign painter, Greeting card artist, Muralist, Historical preservation, Art conservationist, Art appraiser, Police/courtroom sketch artist, Corporate art consultant.

Preparing for a career in:

Studio Arts

*Build your portfolio of best possible artwork.
*Research exhibition venues and special museum shows in your discipline.
* Participate in juried shows.

Graphic Design

* Find a graphic design internship.
* Work on campus publications in design or layout.
* Get summer or part-time experience at book, magazine or newspaper publishers.

Education

* Students interested in teaching art in elementary or secondary schools usually pursue a Bachelor of Science in education with a concentration in art through the College of Education.

Photography

* Apprentice with free-lance photographer.
* Be a staff photographer for yearbook, campus newspaper or magazine.
* Act as photographer for campus events.

Pre-Art Therapy 

*The B.A. in art allows student to take the necessary psychology courses needed for admission to a graduate program in art therapy to obtain a master's degree.

Sounds good! I want to be an Art major: now what?
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After you've been admitted to K-State and gone through orientation and enrollment, make an appointment with your advisor by scheduling an appointment or calling 785-532-6250.