Wayne State University

How to apply

Come Study Art And Design In Detroit!
Located in the heart of mid-town Detroit, the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is educating the next generation of artists, art historians, and designers! Our mission is to prepare students to apply their skills, creatively solve complex problems, and build meaningful and successful careers in an increasingly competitive professional landscape.
 

Industrial Design students enjoy a tour of the Shinola headquarters in Detroit! (2019)


Incoming freshmen
All students contemplating enrollment in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History should see one of the department's undergraduate advisors prior to their first period of enrollment. A portfolio review is NOT required at this time for admission to the department. Visit the undergraduate degree page for a complete list of programs. 
 
Complete the undergraduate application process: Apply online.
 
Transfer students
During your first semester at Wayne State, your transfer credit will be evaluated.  By seeing an advisor right away to discuss transfer courses, you can determine potential future classes and may avoid any overlap before coming to Wayne State University. A portfolio review is NOT required at this time for admission to the department. Visit the undergraduate degree page for a complete list of programs. 
 
Complete the undergraduate transfer application process: Apply online. An official undergraduate transcript is required for admission to the university. 
 
Graduate students
The department offeres the Master of Arts with a major in Art (M.A.) for 12 studio art concentrations and the Master of Fine Arts with a major in Art (M.F.A) for 8 studio art concentrations. Though the two programs have similarities, significant difference exist. The applicant will receive a notification letter stating the department's decision.  For more information, contact department Graduate Officer at graduateartanddesign@wayne.edu.
 
Be sure to complete an admissions application to the WSU Graduate School. You can find more information and download an application at The Office of Graduate Admissions website.
 
Visit the art department graduate student page for more information on admissions, deadlines, and requirements. 
 
International students
Most international students are required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For more information about requirements for international students, go to visite the Office of International Students and Scholars website.