Painting + Drawing / Declare Your Major

University policy requires that students declare a major by the time they have accumulated 105 credits—early in their junior year. Students transferring with 90 or more credits should be prepared to declare the major during the first quarter of attendance at UW.

Current Students / Freshmen

After completing ART 190, submit a completed application (Application for Majors in the School of Art) to the Art Advising Office (Art Building, room 104) and schedule an appointment with an Art Adviser to officially declare the major. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to declare the BA, a 3.0 or higher is required for the BFA.

Transfer Students

After you are admitted to the UW, and during your initial Advising & Orientation appointment, meet with an Art Adviser in the School of Art to enroll in ART 190. Students who transfer with college credits in Painting and Drawing may wish to present a portfolio for advanced placement in the program. Prior to transfer we are happy to answer your questions; email us at or call Art Advising at 206.543.0646. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to declare the BA, a 3.0 or higher is required for the BFA.

Post Baccalaureate

Post Baccalaureate 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. Only a small number of applicants are admitted as postbaccalaureate students, because the University’s primary commitment is to undergraduates completing a first bachelor degree. In keeping with university policy, the School of Art recommends admission of a very limited number of postbaccalaureates each year.

Acceptance is based on two separate application procedures: 1) application to the School of Art; and 2) application to the University of Washington. Step 1 must be completed prior to step 2.

  1. Application to the School of Art:
    —Students must contact the faculty in the Painting and Drawing program to find out if they will be considering students for the following Autumn Quarter.
    —If applications will be accepted, students must arrange a portfolio review with the faculty.  All portfolios must include transcripts of all undergraduate coursework.  A written statement of application should aslo be included.
    —To continue to step 2, students must be approved by the Painting and Drawing faculty.
  2. University of Washington Post Baccalaureate Application:
    —Deadline: February 15. (Students who miss this deadline or are not accepted to the University will not be considered post bac students, even if they have passed the School of Art requirements.)
    See the UW Office of Admissions for more information on this formal application process.