College of Fine & Performing Arts


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.

STEAM Minor (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

Spaces are limited. Applications are reviewed until spaces are filled. Apply for the S.T.E.A.M. minor now!


Art & Art History Department Scholarships are available.

Information for Prospective Students

As part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, we work with with the Western Gallery and 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, intellectual inquiry across disciplines. Practice in visual skills, and rigorous critical analyses, fosters energetic engagement. Faculty artists, art historians, and art educators use established, innovative approaches to teaching. Courses include: art education, art history, art theory and criticism, ceramics, drawing, fibers/fabrics, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The faculty is dedicated to their students' post-graduate professional careers.

A formal application is required for Art StudioArt Education, and Art History. This is separate from the Admissions application to Western Washington University.

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

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

Art Education or Studio major

Submit 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.

Art History major

Students must have completed, or be currently enrolled in, the following courses with a B average or higher:

  • A/HI 275
  • two 200-level art history surveys or pre-approved equivalent courses


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 got 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)

Apply to the Art Studio BFA while enrolled in the Art Studio BA (Bachelor of Arts).

Post-Baccalaureate and Masters-in-Teaching

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