Admission Process Overview
The School of Art at Carnegie Mellon considers, in practical and visionary terms, the role of art and the artist in society. Our broad-based, four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed to develop in the individual the commitment, knowledge and skills necessary to work as an innovator of culture in a rapidly changing world.
We seek creative students with a wide range of talents, aptitudes and backgrounds. Admission decisions are based on a holistic consideration of each applicant’s portfolio, alongside their academic and other achievements. Applicants are considered for fall semester admission only.
More than 40% of School of Art undergraduates pursue interdisciplinary degrees, including the various BXA Interdisciplinary Degree Programs, minors, double-minors, second majors, and double-degrees.
Carnegie Mellon's School of Art:
- Combines the advantages of a renowned studio program with the interdisciplinary resources of a top-tier university.
- Offers breadth and depth through an inclusive approach toward educating artists.
- Encourages experimentation and hybrid processes while engaging the history and traditions of art.
- Fosters problem-solving skills and the ability to work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing world.
- Provides versatile training, from professionally active faculty who focus on students as individuals.
- Ensures broad and balanced exposure to a wide range of media, embracing new and established technologies.
- Engages with local and international communities through courses, events, internships, and study abroad.
- Cultivates and celebrates diversity in educating the shapers of future culture.
- Contributes to a city and region with countless cultural and recreational opportunities.
- Provides 24-hour access to state-of-the-art facilities in a safe, supportive environment.
- Offers career guidance, to help its alumni succeed in the world with creativity and intelligence.