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JCA Art
Art + Design

Applying to the Department of Art

Information about the application and audition process for the Art Department is in the tabs below. 

Questions? Contact the JCA Admission office at jcaadmissions@butler.edu or 317-940-9656.

 

Application process for first year incoming applicants

When applying to the Jordan College of the Arts as an incoming first year applicant, students are required to follow the standard application process outlined on the Office of Admission website.

Additionally, Art students are required to complete or submit:

  • A supplemental Art questionnaire 
  • 5-10 images of your artwork or provide the URL to your online portfolio
  • A portfolio review

**NOTE: Students considering an Art + Design Major OR a Double Major with Art and another area should choose “Art” as their first major on their application in order to receive the proper supplemental application and be considered for art scholarship.

Information on these additional requirements are emailed to prospective students after the Butler Application or Common Application is submitted. 

Admission Deadlines

November 1: Early Action Deadline

February 1: Regular Decision Deadline

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Begin your application by visiting the Office of Admission website.

Portfolio Review Dates and Details

  • November 30, 2018
  • January 18, 2019
  • February 8, 2019
  • February 18, 2019

Our portfolio review days are designed to give you a glimpse of life as a Butler Art student.  You will meet with faculty and current students, see our artistic spaces, and have the option to learn more about Butler with a full campus tour and financial aid session – all in addition to your portfolio review.

While we prefer you to come to campus for your portfolio review, we understand that this is not an option for every applicant.  Electronic portfolio reviews can be scheduled with the JCA Admission office only after all of your application materials have been submitted.

Portfolio Tips

Suggestions for determining which artwork to submit with your supplementary application:

  • Do your best to convey your passion for art and/or design (ideally both).
  • Think about what the artwork suggests about you as an artist/designer.
  • Feature current or recent work over older ones.
  • Title the digital file with your name (eg. Smith.jpg). 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financial assistance may come from several different sources. Butler offers two types of scholarships that are awarded as part of the application and audition process. 

Academic scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate a strong record of academic excellence in high school. 
Jordan College of the Arts Awards may be awarded to students who display promise in the performing arts.

Jordan College of the Arts Awards for art

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) Awards in art are merit-based awards available for art majors only. Students will be considered for a JCA Award in art during their portfolio review. Reviews must be completed prior to February 20 for JCA Award consideration. Notification of any award available to the student will be communicated in mid-March.
 
Butler also offers additional types of scholarships that require a separate application and interview. We also accept scholarships from outside sources. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website to learn more about financial aid options and other scholarship opportunities for incoming students.

Application for Current Butler Students

To apply as either an Art Major or Art Minor, complete the Art Application which includes uploads of 5 - 10 images of your artwork that best represents you as an artist. You will receive a confirmation email to let you know these items have been received and forwarded to the Art program faculty for review. Once your admission to the program has been decided, you will receive an email notice from the chair of the Art Department, Gautam Rao.

 

Portfolio Review Tips

Suggestions for determining which artwork to submit with your application:

  • Do your best to convey your passion for art and/or design (ideally both).
  • Think about what the artwork suggests about you as an artist/designer.
  • Feature current or recent work over older ones.
  • Title the digital file with your name (eg. Smith.jpg).