Candidacy Review

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

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?

Paper applications will be available in front of the Art and Design office, Brick City, building 1, room 100 and also can be obtained by clicking link below.


     Please download the form, fill it out, and email your committee members for their 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 Fall 2022: TBA

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 office; applicants must provide faculty member names at time of sign-up.

When will the reviews be held?

Fall 2022: TBA

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

Applications are accepted in the Spring 2023 semester: TBA

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 or Graphic Design and Illustration

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.

BS Electronic Arts: Computer Animation

See portfolio review information on the Electronic Arts page. Download and review the application guidelines and application form. Applications are accepted in the Spring 2023 semester: TBA