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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 ( 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.

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. 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 level 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.

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:

Beginning in September 2012, students applying for admission as either a freshman or transfer student to any of the programs offered by the School of Art + Design are required to provide a portfolio of creative work to be considered in the admissions process for matriculation in Fall 2013. Submission of portfolios for transfer applicants who wish to matriculate in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 is recommended, but not required.

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 program within NJIT must also submit a portfolio of creative work which may, if appropriate, include work done in courses at NJIT.

Portfolio Content and Format:

The School of Art + Design requires a physical submission of digital files on a CD or DVD or USB flash drive mailed directly to the NJIT Office of Admissions. In other words, do not email a portfolio or set up an FTP site and expect material to be downloaded.

PORTFOLIOS (including those submitted on a flash drive) WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

Most portfolios will have ten to twenty pages/examples of work. Work must be creative – and created by the applicant. The portfolio may include examples of graphic design, photography, furniture design, drawing (any media), painting, watercolor, film/animation, sculpture, etc. Samples of work created with a variety of media are welcome, including recorded samples of performance art (e.g. acting, singing, dancing) even though the School of Art + Design programs are visual in their orientation. (Note: a number of candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design are also pursuing a Minor in Theater Arts.) Creative written work like screenplays, poetry, or originally composed music is also accepted but the portfolio must include some samples of visual work.

Work created with traditional media should be scanned or photographed and included in the digital submission.

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. We are looking for the creative spark that motivates you, and for evidence that you have investigated the discipline you are considering studying. Do not send us everything you have done - use discretion in your submissions.

Your name must appear within the portfolio (generally on the first page or image) to facilitate identification if the medium (especially if a flash drive is submitted) is separated from any packaging. 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. You may – but are not required to – include printed/hard copy of the work included on the CD or DVD. If you choose to include printed copy, it should be bound in a standard format: no smaller than 8 ½” x 11” and no larger than 11” x 17”. The work should be viewable without additional magnification. Do not send rolled work or loose images - THEY WILL BE DISCARDED WITHOUT REVIEW! 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 or DVD or flash drive is readable. Protect the CD or DVD by using a sleeve or case. Label the disk (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 easily 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.

Make sure that any file you save HAS the extension (not always automatically added with computers running Mac Operating Systems developed by Apple, Inc.). We will not guess at possible file types. Images should be saved in either JPG or TIF format. (Use minimal compression when saving files in JPG format to avoid unwanted visual artifacts that compromise the quality of your work.) Animations may be submitted in MPG and/or AVI formats. Alternatively, you may composite the images into one PDF or PPT file. If you use PowerPoint 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. 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. Above all, the work in the portfolio should be clear and easy to view.