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School of the Arts (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)

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Admission to the School of the Arts

Admission to the School of the Arts varies based on the program in which the student plans to study. Students planning to study the visual arts or dance may be admitted directly to the School of the Arts in the first year, after auditions and portfolio reviews. Students planning to study Film and Media or Theatre are admitted to the School of the Arts after completing all admission requirements, typically during the second year. Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have B averages or higher and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended. Other students can be admitted only with the permission of the dean.

Send applications to the Office of Admissions. Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

All Dance Majors

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance (B.A.) requires an audition for entry. Students who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (B.F.A.) are admitted after being evaluated by the dance faculty at the end of their first year at KU.

All Film and Media Studies and Theatre Majors

Students who wish to major in Film and Media Studies or Theatre are admitted initially to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the first year. See departmental websites for specific admission requirements. Students are expected to gain admission and declare a major field at the completion of 60 hours.

All Visual Art Majors

Students who wish to major in an area in Visual Art must satisfactorily answer 3 essay questions and submit a successful portfolio of their work.

Restrictions on Admission

By permission of the Kansas Board of Regents, application for admission or transfer to the departments in the School of the Arts may be refused if the available instructional space does not allow the addition of more students. Apply as early as possible.

Transfer Students

Only grades of C or higher are accepted in transfer credit toward degrees offered by the School of the Arts.

Advanced Standing in Dance

Students who wish to transfer performance credit from another institution toward any dance degree at KU must validate this credit by audition. Contact the dance department to arrange an audition.

Advanced Standing in Art and Design Foundations

Transfer students with fewer than 12 hours in studio courses equivalent to Art and Design Foundations enroll in the Foundations program. Students who wish to transfer 12 or more credit hours in studio courses may be requested to submit examples of their work to the chair for evaluation before enrollment. Portfolios should represent all college-level studio experience and must contain original examples of drawings and designs. Paintings, sculpture, and other three-dimensional work should be submitted as slides or on a CD. Applicants with a lapse of four or more years since their last full-time enrollment may not be able to apply studio credits toward advanced standing.

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