Candidacy Review

You must pass candidacy review to enter a BFA program or the BS program. 

Students interested in the Art (BFA) program should apply for candidacy review during the first semester of their junior year. Transfer students with more than 60 hours completed must apply for candidacy review during their first semester. 

Students interested in the Design (BFA) program should apply for candidacy review during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Transfer students choosing the BFA in Design must also apply for admission into the program. 

For more information, contact your advisor


Who should apply?

Students seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree, who have 24 to 30 hours of studio classes, should check with their advisor to determine if they should apply for candidacy review. (Find details for candidacy review in the Computer Animation track below).

In addition, students must have a 3.00 or higher GPA in the major and a Missouri State cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 to be admitted to candidacy.

Where can applications be obtained?

Right here!

BFA in ART Candidacy Review Application form

Please download the form, fill it out, and email it to your committee members for their e-signature or print out for signatures.

Please turn the completed form into the Art and Design Department office, BRK1-100.

When are the applications due?

Due date for Spring 2024: Friday, February 9, 2024 by 5pm

Students are responsible for choosing a time, obtaining the signatures of their committee members, and making sure that each member of their committee is available at that meeting time. Sign-up sheet for times is at the Art and Design Department office, BRK1-100; applicants must provide faculty member names at time of sign-up.

When will the reviews be held?

Spring 2024: Friday, February 23, 2024

Applicants are to sign up for a specific time frame, room is assigned by track area. The sign-up sheet will be in the Art and Design office, Brick City, building 1, room 100.

BFA Art: Computer Animation

Spring 2024 Review date: Friday, February 23, 2024

Contact your Animation advisor. Portfolio to be submitted via Dropbox or alternative. This review takes place only in Spring semesters.

BFA Design: Graphic Design, Illustration, Sequential Art, or Graphic Design and Illustration (Dual)

In addition to completing Foundations courses (ART 100, 101, 110, 115) students must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher in the major and a Missouri State cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 to pass the Advisory Review administered by the Design Program Coordinator in the spring of the freshman year for provisional admission to the program.

In the spring of the sophomore year students must apply for Candidacy Review. A committee of Design faculty will administer this review. A student must submit a portfolio consisting of 12-20 pieces selected from Foundations and Design Core courses including: ART 115 or 215, ART 202, DES 202, 210, 301, 303 and may include additional work chosen with faculty advisement.

Further information will be emailed to potential applicants.

When will the reviews be held?

Spring 2024: March 6, 7, & 8 

NOTE: Information sessions and portfiolio workshops will be held in the spring of 2024 and will be announced.

BS Electronic Arts: Computer Animation or Interactive New Media

See portfolio review information on the Electronic Arts page. Download and review the application guidelines and application form.

Application due date for Spring 2024 semester: TBA