Degree Application Deadlines

S.T.E.A.M. Minor

There are a limited number of spaces in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) minor. Applications will be reviewed until spaces are filled. Apply for the S.T.E.A.M. minor now!

Learn more about the STEAM minor.


Art Department Scholarships are available.

Information for Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the programs offered by the Department of Art at Western Washington University. The Department of Art is part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Together with the Western Gallery and the University Public Art Collection, our Department provides one of the best undergraduate programs for the arts in the region.

Application Information and Process

These programs are designed to enhance artistic and intellectual inquiry across and within disciplines. Program classes and workshops combine practice in visual skills with rigorous critical analyses, providing an environment that fosters lively dialogue and energetic engagement. Artists, art historians, and art educators, with innovative yet well-established approaches to teaching, offer a variety of courses that include art education, art history, art theory and criticism, ceramics, drawing, fibers/fabrics, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The faculty is dedicated to the preparation and sponsorship of students in their post-graduate professional careers.

Separate from the Admissions application to Western Washington University, a formal application to the Department of Art is required for Studio Art, Art Education, and Art History.

Application deadlines for Art History, Art Studio, and Art Education are October 15 and January 31. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline. You can complete an online application to the Art Department here. Currently-enrolled Western students interested in the Studio Art and Art Education majors may also apply for a Spring deadline.

Contact the Department of Art office at 360-650-3660 to confirm deadlines and/or requirements for the Admission Portfolio.

How do I become an Art Education, Art History or Studio major?

Apply for Art Education and Studio major by submitting an online portfolio of 12 pieces and application form. Students with an interest in art history as a major must have taken A/HI 275 and two 200-level art history surveys or pre-approved equivalent courses. Students must have a B average or higher in these classes to be considered for the Art History program. If you are currently enrolled at Western, you may also apply in the Spring for Studio Art and Art Education.

If my portfolio is rejected, may I reapply?

You may reapply at the next portfolio review date. Applications are reviewed after October 15 and January 31. If you are a currently-enrolled Western student, you may also apply again in the Spring.

Post-Baccalaureate and Masters-in-Teaching

Post-baccalaureate and Masters in Teaching students: please contact Peter Johnson to develop a course plan. or 360-650-4630.