School of Art & Art History Undergraduate Admissions

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Key info: Art

Applications are submitted to the UIC Office of Admissions.   


1.)  Apply to UIC through the Common Application.

If you are admitted to the Art Foundation program, you will have a portfolio review at the end of the first year. Once you have passed the review process, you will then enter into the sequence of courses required for the BFA Art.  Please do not send a portfolio with your application.

2.) Arrange for your academics to be sent to the University: 

  • High School students: official transcript, test scores( ACT or SAT), Common Application School Report.
  • Transfer students: official transcript from all colleges and universities attended.

  • International students: you must also take and submit your TOEFL score.

  • Admission is based on a combination of ACT/SAT score, high school GPA, class rank, and personal statement.

Transfer students:
Admission is based on GPA from transfer institution, and personal statement. Transfer students will be given a Degree Audit Report at orientation which will explain what courses are being accepted for credit. 

Inter-collegiate transfers:
We welcome transfers into the School. Anyone who is presently a student at UIC and wishing to transfer to the School of Art & Art History must complete an application form. (These are readily available in 208 Jefferson Hall) Admission is based on GPA, no portfolio will be reviewed. The minimum GPA is a 2.75.

Once accepted (CONGRATULATIONS!), students should carefully read each piece of correspondence they receive. There are several things that will need to be returned to UIC to be fully admitted and to reserve a place at an orientation session.

All incoming students will be required to purchase a mac laptop computer. The UIC bookstore has the current specs. Accepted students should watch the bookstore web site, MicroStation, for changes as new computers and software become available. All students must also purchase Adobe CS5 Master Collection. The software is available through the bookstore at a discounted price.


First year student early action deadline: November 1, 2018
First year student deadline: January 15, 2019
Re-admit deadline: March 31, 2019
Transfer deadline: March 31, 2019
Key info: Art Transfer Students

Prospective transfer art students that are accepted in into the art program are eligible to take part in the transfer portfolio review.

The portfolio review allows students to receive credit for art classes that have been completed at their previous institution.

It is also an opportunity to meet faculty, and receive information about the best course of study upon entering the art program.

If you would like to attend this portfolio review, please email the academic adviser, Amanda Grant at, with your full name and UIN (if you know it).

For this portfolio review, please prepare a presentation of 15-18 images, artworks, or equivalent documentation of your work accomplished in previous college level art courses in the areas of new media arts, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, or moving image. You don't need to have all 6 mediums represented, but we would like to see at least 3 of the areas represented, in order to show the breadth of your work and experience. Below is a suggestion on how many pieces in each area to show:

  • New Media Arts-6 digital images documenting work

  • Drawing- 6-8 drawings select and present actual work or digital documentation of equivalent project(s)

  • Painting-3-5 paintings select and present actual work or digital documentation of equivalent project(s)

  • Sculpture-4-6 digital images documenting work/projects

  • Digital Photography-8 digital prints, present actual work

  • Moving Image-2 moving image clips (or entire works), not to exceed 4 minutes total  Acceptable method for portfolio: videos/clips should be Quicktime (.mov) files compressed as H.264

Unless otherwise requested, presentations of your work should be self contained and prepared for efficient viewing on your laptop.


Key info: Art History

Those interested in the Department of Art History are encouraged to attend preview days sponsored by the UIC Admissions Department. Staff from Art History will be present. Art History faculty are also happy to answer any questions regarding curriculum and your studies. Please contact the School office, and we will be happy to put you in touch with a professor who can help. You are welcome to visit classes by appointment. Dates and arrangements at

To request an application or apply online, visit the UIC Admissions Website or call (312) 996-4350.
UIC Department of Art History (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison
Chicago IL 60607
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