School of Art+Design

Undergraduate Programs
Graphic Design BFA |  Painting/Drawing BFA | Photography BFA | Printmaking BFA | Sculpture BFA | Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary BFA | Visual Arts BS

Graduate Programs
Visual Arts MFA | Dual Visual Arts and Art History MFA/MA

Be sure to review and follow all application instructions and observe all deadlines carefully. In cases where students fail to follow the requirements and instructions and/or to observe deadlines there is no guarantee the application can be reviewed and the application may be withdrawn from consideration.


Freshman

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall Admission: EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1, 2014
Spring admission not offered to freshman

Step 1: Apply Online:

You may apply using either the Common Application at www.commonapp.org or the SUNY Application at www.suny.edu/Student/apply. Please use only one application form. The application fee is $50.

SUNY Supplemental Application and Essay:  Students using the SUNY application must complete theSUNY Supplemental Application and submit the essay answer for one of the essay topics (your choice) in the SUNY Supplemental Application.

The Common Application Writing Section:  Be sure to complete all applicable sections of the form, including the required writing statement.

Step 2: Submit Academic Records

All freshman applicants must submit the following information:

  • High School transcripts or GED scores
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • One letter of recommendation

BE GREEN, GO PAPERLESS: Purchase College recommends you self-report your academic transcript information electronically through the SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) system.* Obtain copies of your high school transcript and your standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT) from your college counselor and/or the standardized  testing services to self-report. All information (i.e. grades, test scores, grade-point average, class rank, etc.) should be self-reported on SOAR exactly as it appears on your transcript. Your transcript should not be mailed at the time you apply if you self-report your academic record online. Once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript must then be sent from your high school to the address below.

NOTE: Any deliberate omission or falsification of information on SOAR will jeopardize a student’s chances for admission. Purchase College will verify your self-reported transcript against your official final transcript for accuracy. If misrepresentations are found, the college reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission.

If you are accepted to Purchase College, you or your high school must then submit official** copies of the following items (Official means documents are delivered in sealed envelopes from the school or delivered electronically directly from the school or testing service):

  • Your official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • Your official SAT or ACT scores (SAT/ACT scores and AP scores can be submitted electronically)

These items should be submitted electronically or mailed  directly to:

Purchase College-Application Processing
279 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204-2755

 

Step 3:  Submit Portfolio

PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAYS 2013-2014
Although it is not a mandatory part of the application process, in-person portfolio reviews are highly recommended so that prospective students may receive direct feedback about their portfolio from a faculty member prior to submitting final admission portfolio online. Final admissions decisions are NOT made at in-person portfolio review days. Decisions are only made once the student has submitted a completed application and uploaded a portfolio at http://purchase.slideroom.com. For information on attending a Portfolio Review Day click here.

OPTIONAL PRE-REGISTRATION FOR NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY ON NOVEMBER 16, 2013
You have the option to pre-register for the day, but pre-registration is not required. Students who do pre-register online can bring their printed confirmation of pre-registration to the event for express entry to the portfolio day. 

PRE-REGISTER FOR NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY 

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Transfer

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall Admission: EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1, 2014
Spring Admission: December 15, 2013**

** Spring admission is not available for the BFA Graphic Design and BFA Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary programs

Step 1: Apply Online:

You may apply using either the Common Application at www.commonapp.org or the SUNY Application at www.suny.edu/Student/apply. Please use only one application form. The application fee is $50.

Step 2: Submit Academic Records:

Transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 college credits are strongly encouraged to complete SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) in order to speed the review process. If you choose to complete your academic record online, please note that once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript must be sent from your high school to Purchase College. Please see the information regarding SOAR (SUNY Online Academic Record) in the Freshman instructions above.

All transfer applicants must submit the following information:

  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended or in which you are currently enrolled.*
  • Official high school transcripts and SAT/ACT test scores, if you have earned fewer than 24 college credits.*
  • One letter of recommendation from a recent college professor (for non-traditional age applicants, a letters from an employer is satisfactory)

These items must be sent directly to:

Purchase College-Application Processing
279 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204-2755

*Students with under 24 college credits are required to submit official high school transcripts, SAT and/or ACT, and/or GED scores.  Students who have completed over 24 college credits at the time of application completion may choose to only submit college transcripts, but it is possible the Office of Admissions will request these additional items upon application review.  Students who have taken AP exams should submit all AP scores for evaluation and transfer credit.

Click here for information about transfer credit for the Art+Design BFA program.

**’Official’ means documents are delivered in sealed envelopes from the school or electronically directly from the school or testing service.

Click here for information about transfer credit for the Art+Design BFA program.

Step 3: Submit the Transfer Supplemental Form:

SUNY Application Supplemental:  Students using the SUNY application must complete and submit the Purchase College Transfer Supplemental Form available below.  Be sure to complete all applicable sections of the form including the required statement.  The supplemental form should be emailed directly to admessay@purchase.edu.

The form is available in the following formats:

Common Application Supplemental:  Students using the Common Application must complete and submit the Supplemental Application, Instructor Evaluations, and College Official’s Report in order for their application to be processed.

NOTE: Prior/current EOP/HEOP/SEEK/College Discovery students please click here for further instructions.

 

Step 4: Submit Portfolio

PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAYS 2013-2014
Although it is not a mandatory part of the application process, in-person portfolio reviews are highly recommended so that prospective students may receive direct feedback about their portfolio from a faculty member prior to submitting final admission portfolio online. Final admissions decisions are NOT made at in-person portfolio review days. Decisions are only made once the student has submitted a completed application and uploaded a portfolio at
http://purchase.slideroom.com. For information on attending a Portfolio Review Day click here.

OPTIONAL PRE-REGISTRATION FOR NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY ON NOVEMBER 16, 2013
You have the option to pre-register for the day, but pre-registration is not required. Students who do pre-register online can bring their printed confirmation of pre-registration to the event for express entry to the portfolio day. 

PRE-REGISTER FOR NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY

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Submit Portfolio

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PORTFOLIOS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15, 2014!

ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE PORTFOLIO ONLINE  AT HTTP://PURCHASE.SLIDEROOM.COM.  There is a $10 fee per portfolio submission payable at slideroom.com. Please submit only one portfolio to the School of Art+Design major program of your choice. Available undergraduate major programs are:

BFA Undeclared Visual Arts (fall semester admission only)

BFA Painting and Drawing

BFA Graphic Design (fall semester admission only)

BFA Photography

BFA Printmaking

BFA Sculpture

BS Visual Arts 

All students complete a general visual arts foundation year in the freshman year of all programs. Accepted students will begin their chosen specific major programs only after they have completed the first academic year at the School.

*NOTE: If you experience difficulty uploading your portfolio, you must contact Slideroom technical support at support@slideroom.com for assistance. Please allow one day for a response. You can also consult the Slideroom Helpdesk and FAQ at https://slideroom.zendesk.com/home.

Portfolio Content Requirements:

  • Twelve (12) to twenty (20) examples of work (Include title, size, date, and a short description of each piece you submit). You must include both of the following two assignments among your work:
    • Assignment 1 - One self-portrait in any medium
    • Assignment 2 - Choose one from the following:

             a.  Two drawings from direct observation (not from photos).

             OR

b. Set of three drawings/paintings that demonstrate your ability to look at an object in a new and interesting way.  Working from direct observation (not from photos), you should draw or paint the same object three times, each time presenting it in an entirely new way.  You can change your viewpoint, scale, composition, environment, lighting, etc.  You can also change the medium and technique. The object can be anything, but you are encouraged to select something that would enable you to demonstrate your talents.  Your goal is to show your skills, creativity, ambition, and engagement.

  • Written Artist’s Statement of 150 – 200 words.

Your portfolio must consist of a minimum of twelve (12) and no more than twenty (20) examples of your work, inclusive of the two assignments plus your written Artist’s Statement. Your Artist’s Statement should describe your creative process, interests, concepts, and vision. It should give the reader insight into and context for your work. Slideroom.com allows you to include a description of each example uploaded. Please include the following information in your description of each work: title, size, date, and a short description of the piece.

Both the self-portrait and the observational drawings are required of all applicants, regardless of major choice.  The balance of the portfolio will be evaluated as a demonstration of both the breadth and depth of your visual interests.

Additional Portfolio Information

Detail shots: If it is appropriate, you may provide detail shots of particular works. Be sure to indicate if an example is a detail shot.

Multiple views: If a single image does not adequately display your work (e.g. a large sculpture) you may include more than one image.

Photography: Applicants wishing to apply to the photography program should convey their competence in photography by submitting photographs of their already printed images (i.e., a picture of your picture). This is true for both film and digital photography.

Admissions Decisions 
Admissions decisions are released on a rolling basis beginning in January for students who have met the December 1 Priority Application Deadline. Students meeting the Regular Application Deadline of February 1 will receive decisions on a rolling basis from February through early April.  If you are offered admission, you will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit by May 1, 2014.

OPTIONAL PRE-REGISTRATION FOR NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY ON NOVEMBER 16, 2013
Although it is not a mandatory part of the application process, in-person portfolio reviews are highly recommended so that prospective students may receive direct feedback about their portfolio from a faculty member. Final admissions decisions are NOT made at in-person portfolio review days. Decisions are only made once the student has submitted a completed application and uploaded a portfolio at http://purchase.slideroom.com. For information on attending a Portfolio Review Day click here.


PRE-REGISTRATION FOR NOVEMBER 16, 2013 NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY
You will have the option to pre-register for the day, but pre-registration is not required. Students who do pre-register online can bring their printed confirmation of pre-registration to the event for express entry to the portfolio day. 

NOTE: Pre-registration is not yet available.  A link for pre-registration will be posted here when it becomes available.

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*Last edited on 1.30.13


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