Kutztown University

Kutztown University Communication Design

Art Test Q & A

Why do you use an Art Test rather than a portfolio?

The Department receives 180–230 applications a year and accepts only 55 incoming freshmen. An Art Test allows the faculty to judge your talent and skills as they relate directly to our curriculum and minimizes the “turn-around time” from application to acceptance. Transfer students are required to submit a portfolio of work for entry into the CD program. To download the new transfer student portfolio requirements please click here.

NOTE: This year the Dept. is conditionally accepting portfolios at the Philadelphia National Portfolio Day event. Students will be notified if they are conditionally accepted or still required to submit an Art Test.

I heard I can now use a portfolio to apply to Communication Design. Is that true?

Yes. But only at the designated open house dates on October 21st, 2013 for visual arts majors only and November 8th, 2013 at the general university-wide event. The review is an interview style-setting with a team of three CD faculty reviewing your work. They will recommend you for acceptance or assign you the art test for possible entry. Contact the Dept. at 610-683-4530 for more information.

What are the portfolio requirements for the interviews at the open houses?

Preparing a portfolio for review for college admission can be a difficult challenge. For additional information please check out these articles at: College Basics.com, Art Schools.com or the NY Times.

What is this year’s deadline?

The first-round, early admittance deadline for Art Tests is November 29th, 2013. The final deadline for the Art Test is February 28th, 2014. The deadline for external transfer portfolios is February 14th, 2014. While it is important to take your time, follow directions and produce the best quality work you can, we recommend you submit your Art Test within a few weeks of receiving it.

Do you have an example of a successful Art Test?

Yes. View samples.

Where do I mail the Art Test?

Place the Art Test in a 9" x 12" envelope, seal and mail or deliver to:
Art Test Coordinator
Communication Design Department
PO Box 730
Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA 19530

Will I get the Art Test back?

Art Tests will be returned to you if you provide a SASE or, if you are accepted into the major, you may ask the department secretary to return your Art Test.

How soon will I know if I’ve been accepted?

If you are accepted, you will be notified only after each deadline date. Direct all inquiries to Admissions.

How important is the Art Test to admission to Communication Design?

It is required except for those admitted during an official portfolio review or for transfer students.

Who evaluates the Art Test?

A committee of CD faculty.

I’m a transfer student. Do I need to do an Art Test?

No. The application process for transfer students has changed to better allow CD faculty to evaluate the potential of transfer students for success in the CD program. Transfer students must submit a portfolio.

If I don’t get in, can I choose another major and then transfer in later?

Yes. However, we accept very few internal transfers and the requirements are rigorous. Make sure you apply to another art major. Art courses are closed to other majors and you will need to stay on track in the foundation courses. To be considered for internal transfer you must have a 3.0GPA or better in courses at KU, provide 2 letters of reference from KU professors and must submit a portfolio of 4 current examples of work.

Must I mail in the Art Test or may I deliver it in person?

You may hand deliver the test.

Whom should I contact if I have other questions?

Email the Art Test Coordinator.

Why isn’t the computer allowed?

The computer is a valuable design tool and an important part of our program. However, the Department does not believe it is a necessary component for evaluating visual and conceptual skills for the purpose of admission.

What is a collage?

A technique in art consisting of cutting and pasting natural or manufactured materials to a painted or unpainted surface—hence, a work of art in this medium.

May I trace computer-generated type?


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