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Portfolio Deadlines

  • Early Action & Early Decision 1 — November 15
  • Regular Decision & Early Decision II — February 1
  • Transfer (Spring) — November 15
  • Transfer (Fall) — August 1

Portfolio Review Sessions

Portfolio Review Sessions are an excellent way to prepare to submit your work for admission and scholarships for the upcoming application deadlines in 2016-2017.

Learn more about Portfolio Review Sessions and register to attend.

Art is a Dual Admit Program:
In order to pursue a B.F.A. or B.A. degree in Art at SMU, you must be accepted both to the Meadows School of the Arts (via your portfolio submission), as well as to SMU (via your undergraduate application for admission).

Test Optional Policy for Dual Admit Applicants to SMU Meadows School of the Arts:
An SAT or ACT score report is not required for admission consideration from applicants who are seeking admission to Dual Admit programs in the Meadows School of the Arts [Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Film-BFA]. Applicants should only submit an SAT or ACT score report for academic merit scholarship consideration. The recommended combined score to be considered for academic merit scholarships is 1320 on the old SAT (critical reading and math sections only), 1380 on the new SAT, or 29 on the ACT.

Note that students who do not submit test scores will be considered only for artistic scholarship and need-based aid; they will not be considered for scholarships based on academic merit.

Students who do not submit test scores should list their Meadows major first on their application for admission. Students not admitted to Meadows via their portfolio or audition, but who still wish to be considered for admission to SMU, will be required to submit test scores at that time.

Admission Checklist for Studio Art applicants:

  1. Submit your Portfolio. See Portfolio Guidelines below for detailed instructions.
  2. Submit the Portfolio Information Form once you have submitted your Portfolio.
  3. Submit your Application to SMU.

2016-17 Portfolio Deadlines:

  • Early Action & Early Decision 1 — November 15
  • Regular Decision & Early Decision II — February 1
  • Transfer (Spring) — November 15
  • Transfer (Fall) — April 1

Transfer Students: Note that all transfer students are required to complete college algebra or a college-level math course before transferring to SMU. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and check with your transfer admission counselor to ensure that you have satisfied this admission requirement.

Portfolio Guidelines

All students applying for study in the Division of Art for the B.A., or B.F.A degree programs must submit a digital portfolio of about 15 works.

You should include work from direct observation and your imagination; work that shows your experience with different media; and work that demonstrates both your skills and interests. This should include work based in school assignments as well as work done on your own.

Portfolio submission is through SMU SlideRoom, a digital portfolio system that was developed by one of our alumni. You should also note that in the Forms section, you are asked to provide additional information about the portfolio. This includes: a resume of your artistic studies and accomplishments; a statement about your artistic interests; and answers to the following questions:

  1. With what media are you comfortable? What media would you like to explore? This includes both traditional media as well as experimental and digital media. How do you see that exploration as important to your study?
  2. Tell us something about one of your works in this portfolio. Why is it important to you? What were the obstacles you encountered working on this project? What inspired it? Is it an individual investigation, a response to an assignment, a work within a larger series?
  3. Why are you interested in the study of art, in general and at SMU? Do you have any specific interests you’d like to explore? Is there something specific about our program at Meadows that will aid that exploration?

Areas of Study



Undergraduate Studies


Portfolio Review

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B.A. in Art

B.F.A. in Art

B.F.A./M.I.T. Digital Game Development


Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)


Faculty and Staff


Pollock Gallery

Art in Dallas

Travel Opportunities

Student Resources

Student Internships & Collaborations

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Meadows Academy for Young Artists

Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts