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Undergraduate Application

Online Applications for Fall 2020 will be available here October 1, 2019

Submission of an application is mandatory for admission to enroll in courses leading to the BA in Art, and the BFAs in Animation, Graphic Design, Studio Art, or Photography.

The application allows students the option to submit a portfolio of artwork, but the submission of a portfolio is not required. Applications that include a portfolio may be given priority status in the selection process and, if accepted into SHSU, may have an advantage during course registration.

Priority Deadline for Fall 2020: January 15, 2020.

Late Deadline: Applications may be submitted after this date, but acceptance is contingent on availability of seats. 


Submission of a portfolio allows the art faculty to determine a student's present development and assists in placement within the course sequencing. The submission of a portfolio for review is optional. The SHSU Department of Art welcomes the application of all students. Students who do not submit a portfolio may still apply and and are encouraged to do so.

While submission of the portfolio is optional, students who submit a portfolio may be given priority status in the selection process and, if accepted into SHSU, may have an advantage during initial course selection as determined by the review of the Portfolio.

The portfolio should consist of high quality images of 8 to 10 pieces of artwork. Applicants should choose those media that best reflect their highest level of conceptual and technical development. The media of the work represented could include drawing, digital media, animation, video, painting, photography, print media, ceramic, sculpture, or installation. While there is no requirement that any particular subject or style of work be included in the portfolio, the art faculty would like to see a selection of work that has been made both independently and in school, and that reflects the applicant's creative interests.

Portfolios must be submitted online through the application portal that will be available by October 1. Pertinent information about each piece including title of work, medium, dimensions, and date completed must be included.

Do not send CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, videos, cassettes, slides, or photographic prints to the Department of Art by mail or in person. Works may only be submitted through the online application portal. Any work submitted by mail or in person to the Department of Art will not be reviewed and will not be returned.

Department of Art Box 2089, Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 77341-2089 Phone: 936.294.4311