BFA in Visual Arts

Admission to the Visual Arts (BFA Honours) program is based both on academic performance and artistic merit. Academic admissibility is assessed by York University, while artistic merit is evaluated by the Department of Visual Art & Art History. Therefore, the application to the Visual Arts program is a two-step process.

Applications to this program are accepted for both Fall (September), Winter (January) and Summer (May) entry.

You may apply to more than one AMPD program; however you must apply separately to each one.

Step 1: Apply to York University

You can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application.

Academic Requirements

Application Deadlines

Current York University students interested in transferring to the program should contact the Department of Visual Art & Art History directly at to apply.

Step 2: Complete your Portfolio Questionnaire

In addition to applying for admission to York through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application, applicants to the Visual Arts program must complete a Portfolio Questionnaire.

Once you have applied to the program you will receive an email that will include your reference ID and directions for completing the portfolio questionnaire. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. If you are applying to more than one AMPD program, you must complete a separate Audition/Interview/Portfolio Review for each one.

The questionnaire and portfolio review are intended to help us learn about your academic and artistic background, interests and goals as they relate to our Visual Arts program.

Your portfolio should comprise 8 art works that illustrate your current technical and creative abilities. At least two different media should be represented from the following: drawing, photography, sculpture, digital art, print making, computer-generated imagery, painting, audio-video, experimental work. Your portfolio may include work carried out for class assignments as well as independent projects.

A current sketchbook, idea book or journal is required and will count as one of your 8 pieces.

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