Academic Advising and Student Services

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 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.

If you are a prospective student, please attend a School of Art Information Session. 

Visitors are always welcome to explore the School of Art building.  If you’re hoping to meet with an adviser or faculty member, make sure to consult our Advising Hours and call ahead to ensure availability. 

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School of Art Information Sessions

Date: first and/or second Thursday of every month
Time: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Location: ART 212

Information Sessions are typically held on the first Thursday of every month — but during peak application times we will offer multiple sessions. Please check our Facebook Events to confirm Info Session dates.

Our Information Sessions, lead by professional academic advisers, are designed to introduce prospective undergraduates to all of the academic and enrichment programs in the School of Art.

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.

Transfer Students

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 Photomedia program or Design program information to ensure your eligibility. Attend a School of Art Information Session where art advisers will be available to answer specific questions and help you prepare for application to these competitive programs..


Prospective freshmen apply to the UW as “pre-art” majors (selecting any of the art majors on your application will 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.
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Room 104, Art Building
Mailing Address


phone: 206-543-0646
fax: 206-685-1657


Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm


Stop by 104 Art anytime between Mon–Thurs 11am–3pm for drop-in advising.


To schedule an appointment with an art adviser Monday – Thursday, 9am-11am, call 206-543-0646 or email uaskart / gradart


Judi Clark, Director

Laura Todd, Academic Adviser

Ann Langford-Fuchs, Academic Adviser 

Elizabeth Copland, Academic Adviser


Katherine Gold

Catherine Ruha