Art & Art History Degree Applications

Applications are accepted on rolling deadlines. You should apply to the next applicable deadline.

For all students - prospective, transfer, currently enrolled - the application deadlines for Art History, Art Studio, and Art Education are October 15 and January 31. Complete your online application to the Department of Art.


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 & Art History Department Scholarships are available.

Information for Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the programs offered by the Department of Art & Art History at Western Washington University. The Department of Art & Art History is part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Together with the Western Gallery and the Outdoor Sculpture 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 & Art History is required for Art Studio, Art Education, and Art History.

Contact the Department of Art & Art History 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 an Art Education or Studio major by submitting an online portfolio of 12 pieces and application form.

Portfolios should present your best work, preferably in a range of media. Include some work that demonstrates observational skills.

Students with an interest in Art History as a major must either have taken or be currently enrolled in 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.

Deadlines are October 15 and January 31. This is separate from the application to Western.

Apply to the Department of Art & Art History

If my portfolio is rejected, may I reapply?

You may reapply at the next portfolio review date. Applications are reviewed after the stated deadlines.

How do I apply for the Studio Art Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Currently enrolled Art Studio BA (Bachelor of Arts) students interested in applying for the Art Studio BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) program: Apply to the Art Studio BFA. The deadline is in April. Check with your advisor.

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.