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Welcome to the School of Art and Design! The School of Art and Design (SOAAD) at Kennesaw State University is comprised of over 1,400 vibrant, creative, and talented art students, led by faculty members and professional staff devoted to the development of professional art educators, art historians, studio, and design artists and animators. Learn more about majoring in art and design and get your art degree at Kennesaw State University, located in the northern metropolitan Atlanta area. 

The School of Art & Design admits students in the Fall (August) and Spring (January) semesters each year. We offer two degree programs for which you must submit a portfolio for entrance: the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (concentrations in art education, art history, ceramics, graphic communications, illustration, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sequential art, and textile and surface design), and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation.  If your degree is not one of these programs, you do not need to submit a portfolio.

You may use this application to:

  • Apply for entrance as a major in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, or the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation
    • Your entrance portfolio must be accepted before you can begin taking studio art courses.
  • Request a review of transfer, AP credit, or prior learning experience
  • Apply for a merit-based scholarship from the School of Art & Design (accepted art majors only)
  • Request a review of your BFA Senior Capstone Portfolio as part of your graduation requirements
Please note our review date deadlines: *the deadline is 5pm EST on all dates listed.

The August 1 review is for Transfer or AP credit only; it is NOT an entrance review.

Entrance and Credit Review dates*:
Applications (entrance portfolio and credit reviews) will be conducted on a "rolling basis" beginning Oct. 1, 2021 until June 1, 2022. Decisions will be sent within 3-4 weeks of portfolio submissions.

No reviews will be conducted in May or July.

August 1 is for review of transfer or AP credit only.

Entrance portfolios that are submitted after June 1, 2022 will be returned. Please wait to submit your entrance portfolio during the next admissions cycle (Spring 2023/Fall 2023) which will open Oct. 1, 2022 in the new application cycle. This application will be available by mid-September.

If you are not already a Kennesaw State student, please submit your application to the university before completing this application (you will need your KSU ID number). You DO NOT need to have been admitted to KSU before completing this application and submitting your portfolio.

All email communications will be sent to your KSU student email account.

For questions regarding guidelines or program questions please contact

For technical questions, please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.