Whether you are an art, art history, or design major, or just thinking about becoming one, the University of Washington School of Art Advising Office is the place to go for information about degree and program requirements, current course offerings, and advice about completing your studies.
If you are a prospective student, we encourage you to attend a School of Art Information Session. If you would like to meet with an art adviser, please read our Advising for Prospective Students section first.
If you are a current UW student, you can call or email our office to schedule an appointment with an art adviser, or stop by during drop-in hours.
Visitors are always welcome to explore the School of Art building. If you are hoping to meet with an adviser or faculty member, please consult our Advising Hours and call ahead to ensure availability.
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School of Art Information Sessions
Date: First Thursday of every month
Time: 2:45-3:30 pm
Location: ART 212
Information Sessions are typically held on the first Thursday of every month — please check our Facebook Events to confirm Info Session dates.
Our Information Sessions, lead by professional academic advisers, are designed to introduce visitors to all of the academic and enrichment programs sponsored by the School of Art and to answer the questions and concerns of prospective undergraduate students.
Advising for Prospective Students
All undergraduate students must first apply for general admission to the University of Washington. The Office of Admissions offers campus tours, information sessions, drop-in counseling, advice on course selection and more to help prospective students make informed decisions and introduce you to life on campus. Once admitted, students should get in touch with an adviser in the School of Art to get on the right track for declaring their major.
Every Thursday afternoon the Undergraduate Gateway Center is open to prospective transfer students for drop-in advising and a group session on transfer admission conducted by a counselor from the Office of Admissions. Transfer students should attend these UW Transfer Thursdays for more information on course planning, timelines etc.
Please note: Photomedia and Design have special admissions processes that require preparatory action to be eligible as a transfer student. Be sure to consult the program information for these and all School of Art majors to ensure your eligiblity. School of Art advisers are available to clarify specific questions and to help you prepare.
Prospective freshmen apply to the UW as “pre-art” majors (selecting any of the art majors on your application with give you this distinction). No portfolio is required. Students interested in majoring in the School of Art will complete prerequisite coursework at the UW prior to declaring their major (usually within the first two years of study).
Prospective freshmen are encouraged to attend School of Art Information Sessions as well as general UW information sessions. The University of Washington offers campus tours, drop-in classes, and information sessions for freshmen.
Postbaccalaureate is a matriculated status reserved for students who are working toward a second bachelor’s degree, or preparing for entrance to graduate or professional school. Since the University’s primary commitment is to undergraduates completing their first bachelor degree, only a very small number of postbacs are admitted to the University of Washington. In keeping with University policy, the School of Art typically does not admit postbaccalaureates to its Art or Art History programs.
If you are a potential postbaccalaureate student interested in the Design program, first explore the major. Review the “declare your major” and “admissions” sections to confirm availability of postbac admissions. If you have further questions, please email the School of Art Advising Office.
Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact the faculty in the program in which they are interested. Many prospective graduate students visit the campus ahead of applying to the UW School of Art. If you are planning a visit, you are strongly encouraged to call ahead.
The School of Art Graduate Program Assistant can assist prospective students with application questions. Questions about curriculum should be addressed to the faculty directly.
Art (MFA) and Design (MDes): firstname.lastname@example.org
Art History (MA or PhD): email@example.com
REGULAR OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm
Stop by 104 Art anytime between Mon–Thurs 11am–3pm for drop-in advising.
Judi Clark, Director
Laura Todd, Academic Adviser
Ann Langford-Fuchs, Academic Adviser
Elizabeth Copland, Academic Adviser