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How to apply

How to apply

There are a few ways students can apply for admission to Hartford Art School.

  1. Students can apply online here.
  2. Students can also apply in person via a paper application. This can be done by either meeting an admission coordinator at an event including high school visits and portfolio days or by coming to Hartford Art School directly.
  3. Students can also apply to the University of Hartford via the Common Application and requesting to major in art.

Admission to the BFA program at the Hartford Art School is based on a variety of criteria, with all factors in the applicant’s background considered. Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in the visual arts, through a portfolio
  • Academic achievement, as shown on official transcripts from accredited high schools and colleges
  • SAT or ACT scores

Building Your Student Portfolio

All candidates are required to submit a portfolio as part of the application process. The portfolio should contain 10-15 examples of your best work from the last two years. Remember this is about you, If you are feeling overwhelmed....don't. This is about YOU and what you are making. Simply submit your best work in any media and we are here to help. We accept all forms of art that best demonstrates your ability.

Portfolio Presentation Opportunities

Portfolios may be presented in one of three ways:

1. It is strongly recommended that a personal portfolio review and campus visit be arranged as part of your decision-making process. You may schedule an individual review, interview, and tour during business hours, Monday through Friday, and during University Preview Days. Please contact the Hartford Art School admission office for dates and available appointments, or refer to our website calendar. Call us at 860.768.4393.

2. Portfolios may be shown to representatives from the Hartford Art School on National Portfolio Days, sponsored by the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA), as well as on regional portfolio days, or at your high school during our visit. Please contact the Hartford Art School admission office for details on dates and locations of NPDA events, or visit portfolioday.net as well as our website calendar for all other events.

3. Portfolios may be submitted digitally by visiting SlideRoom and uploading your information and work to our portfolio review section. If you are applying via the Common Application please select the Common Application Users option and if you are not please select Non-Common Application Users. A list with titles (or use untitled) should also be included, indicating the medium used, year completed, and size.

Academic Requirements

You will need to submit your official high school transcripts as well as test scores (either SAT or ACT is acceptable).

Ideally, all application materials, including recommendations, transcripts, portfolio reviews, and SAT/ACT scores should submitted no later than February 15th for optimum consideration. However, we have a rolling admission policy and there are no official deadlines.

Please note: For those intending to apply for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed by February 15th, regardless of application filing or status.