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Admissions for Prospective Students


Admission Requirements (General)

Applications to undergraduate programs at NJIT are handled centrally, by the NJIT Office of Admissions (http://www.njit.edu/admissions/). In general, high school students interested in any of the fields in the School of Art + Design should pursue a strong pre-college academic program that includes courses in the humanities, physics, and math (at least through pre-calculus for Bachelor of Science degree programs or those students applying for the undergraduate program in Interior Design with the intention of pursuing a graduate degree in Architecture). Additional experience and courses in traditional media art, art history, and computer graphics are also helpful. A portfolio of creative work is required (see below). Freshman applications must be submitted through the Common Application and the associated portfolio through the integrated SlideRoom application.

Applicants may enter the SlideRoom application directly at: https://njitdesign.slideroom.com/

External transfer students coming from either a two-year or four-year institution must also apply through the NJIT Office of Admissions. A portfolio of creative work (see below) is required as well as official transcript(s). Portfolios may be submitted either through SlideRoom or on physical media (CD, DVD, or USB flash drive) mailed directly to the Office of Admissions.

Admission Requirements (Internal Transfer)

Students from other programs in NJIT but not in the School of Art + Design shall be ineligible for transfer to any of the A+D programs until two semesters have been completed and grades are available. In general, there is a minimum grade point average of 2.6 earned at NJIT to transfer into any of the programs in the School of Art + Design. With permission from the Advisor to the School of Art + Design, internal candidates may take courses in the School of Art + Design for which prerequisites have been satisfied and if space is available. (Note: In general, Foundation Year courses do not have prerequisites but will be subject to space limitations. Registration priority is given to majors in the School of Art + Design and to Information Technology students who are required to take these courses to complete concentration requirements.) Internal transfer candidates, like external transfer applicants, must submit a portfolio as part of the admissions process. Work created to fulfill academic requirements for Art + Design courses taken while at NJIT may be used to complete the portfolio requirement in part, or in its entirety, depending on the quality and quantity of work produced. The overall portfolio requirement for internal candidates is identical to the requirement for external candidates. Portfolios, grade point average, grades in A+D courses, and overall performance at NJIT as well as capacity of the program to which a candidate applies are all considered when making decisions about admission into the School of Art + Design. Students interested in transferring are urged to see the Advisor to the School of Art + Design, Ms. Sasha Corchado (corchado@njit.edu) as soon as they decide they are interested in pursuing this option.  Portfolios (on CD, DVD, or USB flash drive) and internal transfer applications are processed wholly within the School of Art + Design and must be submitted to Ms. Corchado prior to the stated deadline for the academic year.

AP Course Credit

In general, AP course credit for General University Requirements require a “4” or “5” and are determined by individual departments. This includes courses in English Language or English Literature, Calculus, and/or Physics (Mechanics).

A grade of “5” in Studio Art: Drawing will earn one semester credit (3 credits) for AD 111 – Communication in Art and Design: Traditional Media. A “4” or “5” in Art History will provide 1 semester placement of a foundation level course and a waiver for either AD 161 – History of Art and Design I or AD 162 – History of Art and Design II, depending on the subjects studied by the student; but no credit towards the degree will be offered.

Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Requirement:

The portfolio will be looked at as only one of a number of factors when evaluating a candidate for admission, but submission is required. In some instances, a strong portfolio may make the difference between being offered a place in the class and not being offered admission. Students who wish to transfer into the School of Art + Design from a different school or college within NJIT (including the School of Architecture) must also submit a portfolio of creative work which may, if appropriate, include work done in courses at NJIT.

NOTE: Material in this section refers only to portfolios required for admission to the School of Art + Design. Separate submissions that include syllabi, graphic work, examinations/quizzes, papers, etc. are required from transfer students after admission to determine placement and transfer credit for specific courses, including Foundation Year courses. As soon as a student is admitted as a transfer and has decided to matriculate in the School of Art + Design at NJIT, he or she should see the Advisor to the School of Art + Design, Ms. Sasha Corchado (corchado@njit.edu) to submit required materials that would facilitate the determination of what transfer credit, if any, may be applied towards the discipline-specific requirements at NJIT.

Portfolio Content and Format:

Any applicant (including all freshman applicants) using the Common Application must submit the portfolio through the integrated SlideRoom app. External transfer students may submit work with SlideRoom without using the Common Application. Alternatively, transfer students may submit physical manifestations (CD, DVD, or USB flash drive) of material prepared digitally and mail it directly to the Office of Admissions at NJIT.

All portfolios should have ten to twenty examples of work. Work must be creative – and created by the applicant. The portfolio may include examples of graphic design, architectural design, photography, furniture design, drawing (any medium or combination of media), painting, watercolor, film/animation, sculpture, etc. Samples of work created with a variety of media are welcome and encouraged, including recorded samples of performance art (e.g. acting, singing, dancing) even though the School of Art + Design programs are visual in their orientation. Creative written work like screenplays, poetry, or originally composed music, is also accepted but the portfolio must include primarily visual work.

There is a premium placed on good submissions over a variety of media for entrance to the School of Art + Design. In other words, do your best to submit more than one kind of project. Work created with traditional media (e.g. pencil drawings/sketches, acrylic or oil paintings, sculpture) should be scanned or photographed and included in the digital submission.

We are looking to be inclusive in the types of work accepted, but please do not include work from drafting or technical drawing classes that do not illustrate your creativity even if they include examples that demonstrate technical proficiency unless accompanied by a graphic analysis you created. Please do not include architectural work that mimics a house or structure you were simply required to document in a high school drafting class (but freehand onsite/field sketching is welcome). Similarly, please do not simply copy characters you’ve seen in graphic novels, television shows, or motion pictures. We are looking for the creative spark that motivates you. Do not send us everything you have done – use discretion in your submissions.

It is essential that a description/identification be included for every project contained in the submission. Describe each work briefly (one to two lines) and include information about medium(s) used, the size of the original (if the submission is a scan or photo), the purpose of the work (class, personal, paid work, etc.), and your intent.

Your NAME and the name of the PROGRAM (Digital Design, Industrial Design, or Interior Design) must appear within the portfolio (generally on the first page or image). This is especially important for transfer students submitting a physical artifact (CD, DVD, flash drive) for the portfolio in order to facilitate identification should the medium submitted be separated from any packaging. Remember that no work will be returned so you should NOT send any originals as all work will ultimately be discarded at the end of the admissions process cycle.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the work on the CD, DVD, or flash drive is readable. Protect the CD or DVD by using a sleeve or case. Label the disk (again, in case it is separated from its packaging) but do not use any process (like a ball-point pen) that can damage the data side of the disk. Use generic universally readable file formats. Although the School of Art + Design is generally using software running under Microsoft Windows 7 on PC systems, we cannot guarantee what software application or operating system will be used to view the portfolio.

If you submit individual images or animation files, make sure that any file you save HAS the extension (e.g. .pdf, .jpg, .mpg) which are not always automatically added with computers running Mac Operating Systems developed by Apple, Inc.

Images should be saved in JPG format (WITH extension). Use minimal compression when saving files to avoid unwanted visual artifacts that compromise the quality of your work.

  • Animations may be submitted in MPG and/or AVI formats.
  • Transfer students submitting a portfolio via CD/DVD/flash drive may submit the portfolio in a single file (PDF, PPT, or PPTX). In these instances, you are encouraged to use a plain background. The selection or use of any background or template will be considered as part of the design process and will be reviewed accordingly.

Regardless of submission method, you should design the portfolio and organize the viewing sequence. You are responsible for arranging the viewing sequence and are urged not to rely on default alphabetical file names. Test your CD or DVD in a variety of computers (especially one with a Windows 7 operating system) before you submit. We are cannot consider portfolios that are unreadable, or include files that are corrupted or otherwise unreadable, for admission to any program within the School of Art + Design.

Above all, the work in the portfolio should be clear, easy to view, and represent you in the best possible way. The Admissions Office has special information sessions at irregular intervals (approximately one per month and reservations are available at http://www.njit.edu/admissions/visit/campus-tours.php) for students interested in the College of Architecture and Design; and portfolio reviews are available at those events.