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Honors in Art

Departmental Honors program for the BA in Art with four concentrations

The Art BA Departmental Honors program offers students the opportunity to complete a degree with experiences that encourage diverse collaborations, challenges to innovate, and encouragement to work across programmatic boundaries. This peer group will set the standard for excellence in the School and create a community of dedicated creatives.

In addition, students in this program will be eligible to apply for scholarships through the University Honors program. They will be well-prepared and encouraged to apply for local, national and international awards and distinctions. Students will also have access to a dedicated honors studio space in their final year, which will support the development of work for the Spring Honors exhibition in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. The Honors in Art program will offer students strong faculty mentorship toward continued study at the graduate level and professional advice and support as they move into the larger world of art and artists.


  • Before application, at least of 20 credits completed in ART classes if a 4-year student. If a transfer student,  at least 10 credits of art must be completed at UW before applying

  • Have at least 25 credits left to complete the BA in Art degree

  • 3.6 or higher GPA in all UW ART classes

  • 3.3 or higher UW cumulative GPA


  • Applications are reviewed once per year in Winter Quarter.

  • The deadline to apply for the 2023-24 Art Honors program is Friday, January 27th at 11:59pm.
  • Online application includes a letter of intent, UW transcript, and submission of a portfolio of work (PDF of images).

  • Honors students will be selected by the Art Division faculty, and Academic Advisers will design an education plan for students and connect them to the University Honors Program.

  • Eligible students may apply online: https://forms.office.com/r/fJe50hhJ5s

Note: You will be asked to login with your UW email account. For instructions or help accessing your login information, visit the IT Connect Help page.

To graduate with Honors, students must complete all requirements for a BA in Art plus the following:
1. Maintain a 3.6 GPA in all UW ART classes
2. Maintain a 3.3 UW cumulative GPA
3. Complete ART 480*, Cross-Disciplinary Honors in Art
4. Complete an additional 400 or 500 level Art studio class
5. Participate in a senior capstone Honors Exhibition
6. Complete an Honors level portfolio

 *ART 480 Cross-Disciplinary Honors in Art (5, max. 10) VLPA Art 480 is an honors level seminar/studio required for Art majors graduating with this distinction. Taught every Autumn quarter, the course includes critiques, studio visits, discussion, readings, and interactions with visiting artists. Prerequisite: Art Honors students only.