Acceptance to the Art Department is a two-step process. You must apply for acceptance into the University. Then, if you are applying for a B.A. in Art & Design, submit an online portfolio. If you are applying for B.A. in Art History, submit a writing example.

Step 1: Apply to the Catholic University via the Common Application

Catholic University is a member of the Common Application Group, and all first-year, transfer, and international applicants are required to complete the Common Application by the appropriate deadline. By clicking the Common Application button, you will be taken to the Common Application website. ​More information about Catholic University’s admission process can be found​ ​here​.


Step 2: Submit a Portfolio or Writing Sample

Students interested in applying for a B.A. in Art & Design should submit a portfolio online. A portfolio of 5-10 pieces of your best original work of any type or medium may be submitted. Students with an interest in the​ B.A. in Art History​ should upload an exemplary writing sample of 1,500 words or less on a topic related to art, art history, or art criticism. These materials should be uploaded through the following web portal: 


A City Where Art Abounds

Studying Art at The Catholic University of America, located in the nation's capital, allows students to experience art inside and outside of the classroom.