Apply to Art & Design

Admission to Cal Poly is competitive in all majors. Cal Poly continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Cal Poly comprehensively reviews all applications, and looks for students who have strong academic records and are active both in and outside the classroom.

Beyond the basic qualifications for the California State University, Cal Poly considers other factors for admission deemed important to the campus and does so in an objective format. In fact, it is impossible to predict a candidate's chances of admission by looking at the academic record alone. All candidates are objectively evaluated by the cognitive and non-cognitive variables under the faculty-mandated Multi-Criteria Admission (MCA) process. For more information, read the selection criteria for freshman or transfer students.

Application Process Steps

STEP 1 — Apply Online

Deadline: End of November

  • Follow the applicant process listed on Cal Poly's Admissions website to apply to attend Cal Poly as an Art and Design major for the following Fall quarter. On the application, be sure to check the box to receive information from Cal Poly during the application time period. The Art and Design program accepts new students only in the Fall and does not participate in early admission decision. Please note that you can not double major in Art and Design. All applicants must declare a major when submitting their Cal Poly application.

STEP 2 — Invitation for Portfolio Submission

  • Cal Poly's Admissions office determines which applicants meet the University's requirements for the Art and Design major. For more information, read the selection criteria for freshman or transfer students.
  • In January, applicants are notified if they are (or are not) invited to submit an art portfolio. Eligible applicants will receive an invitation that will include a deadline date that the portfolio will be due and directions on how to upload their portfolio pieces digitally. The invitation will be sent to the e-mail address that was submitted online with Admissions when applying for Cal Poly. 

STEP 3 — Submit Portfolio

  • Portfolios will be due in February. The deadline date to submit the entire portfolio will be noted in the invitation for portfolio submission that eligible candidates receive in January. Review the department's portfolio requirements.

STEP 4 — Selections Made

  • Portfolios will be reviewed after the due date, and you should see the outcome on MyCalPoly no later than April 1.




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