Application Procedure for Incoming Students

The Department of Contemporary Art and Theater offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in art education (K-12) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in graphic design, non-toxic printmaking, painting and drawing, photography/computer imagery, or sculpture. The Department of Contemporary Art and Theater is designed to provide students with a diversified experience in art, as well as an in-depth experience in one concentration area. Through a series of courses, students will develop the technical skills, language, and critical thinking associated with the visual arts, along with the broad-based knowledge of the liberal arts--both essential for growing creatively and professionally as artists, graphic designers, photographers, and future educators.

In order to maintain a quality learning environment, admission into the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater is both selective and competitive. Acceptance into the university does NOT guarantee a student acceptance into the art programs. Therefore, in addition to the university's general admission requirements, applicants interested in majoring in art are required to also submit a Department Application Packet (see guidelines below).

Due to the sequential nature of the curriculum, it is recommended that students begin their studies in art in the fall semester to insure a smooth transition into the department and a firm academic start in the chosen concentration area.

Guidelines for the Department Application Packet:

  1. COMPLETED Department Application Form
  2. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (typed): 100-300 words explaining why you want to pursue art as your major at Shepherd University
  3. 12-20 SAMPLES OF YOUR BEST WORK: JPEG images on a CD (either in a folder or in a PowerPoint presentation) or 8"x10" color prints will be accepted. Number images 1-20. Do NOT send actual work!
  4. ASSOCIATED IMAGE LIST (typed), which should include the following information: Appropriate number (1-20), Applicant's full name, Media (painting, photography, mixed media, etc.), Size (width x height), Date of Completion
  5. SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE (SASE) OR MAILING PACKET with sufficient postage for return of materials (optional).

For full consideration, the Department Application Packet should be postmarked by the following dates:

Fall Admittance

  • Early Decision :: November 1, notification will be mailed by January 1st
  • Priority Deadline :: March 1, notification will be mailed by April 1st
  • Final Deadline :: April 15, notification will be mailed by May 15th

Spring Admittance

  • Final Deadline :: November 1, notification will be mailed by December 1st

Application for admission to the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater should be mailed directly to:

Enrollment Coordinator
Department of Contemporary Art and Theater
Shepherd University
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Download Department Application click here

For specific questions regarding the department application process, please contact the Enrollment Coordinator.

* All application materials associated with the admission to Shepherd University should be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the address listed on the the university application forms.