Freshman Admissions

You really want to do this!

Students enroll in the Department of Art for many reasons:

  • To join a creative community that values innovation and critical thinking as much as it values technical skills and craftsmanship
  • To develop a new relationship with the larger world both near and far
  • To prepare for vital and exciting careers in the visual arts
  • To explore the incredible natural beauty and amazing cultural opportunities of the mountains
  • To receive a first-rate education that integrates the academic, social and artistic diversity of a large university while retaining the sense of community, innovation and support for which Appalachian State is famous.

Our six degree programs emphasize creative expression, innovation, real world problem-solving, academic rigor and technical skill. Regardless of your degree track, the Department will help you define your creative role in this ever-changing world.

Application Process

You must apply and be admitted to the university. If you are a transfer student, visit our Transfer Admissions page.


Apply to the university and indicate Art as your intended major on the application.


A portfolio review is not required to apply to the university, but the following programs require one after the completion of a proscribed number of courses as a prerequisite to taking upper level courses:


If you are accepted, it is important for you to attend one of the Incoming Student Orientation Sessions offered by the university and in the department. Whether you are a Transfer Student or a First Term Freshman, there you will be advised as to which courses to register for in your first term at ASU.

Student drawing in Foundations class

Foundations for BFA majors

If you are planning to major in any of our three Bachelors of Fine Arts programs – Art Education, Graphic Design, and Studio Art – you’ll take our three Foundations courses and some others relating to your prospective major before submitting a portfolio for admission. The Foundations courses will help you develop your skills in making, creating and seeing, all of which lay the groundwork for the intermediate and advanced studio courses you’ll take in your major.     

The strengths of my major? Great professors, great applications to life beyond college, great emphasis on conceptual and technical development of work in order to have fully refined and distinguished pieces. 

Sope Kahn, BFA Studio Art major

Students at reception

BFA Studio Art Reception at Smith Gallery

Students in Graphic Design portfolio review

Graphic Design Seniors at Alumni Portfolio Review

Studio Art students working outside

Friends making art outside of Wey Hall

Brooke Hofsess and students at the Hiddenite Center

Making make art happen

Introduction to Art Education students celebrating with visiting artist Ed Woodham and the procession parade.