Each freshman applying to Murray State...
- must submit an application for admission with a $30 application fee to:
Murray State University
102 Curris Center
Murray KY, 42071-3312
- must have a high school transcript mailed directly to Admissions from the applicant’s high school counselor; (If currently in high school, the transcript must include a list of courses being taken in the senior year.)
- must have an official ACT score report sent to Admissions
- and must provide any documents requested by Admissions to verify residency for tuition purposes.
- (Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of degree credit must also submit the documents indicated above, and official college transcripts. To be admitted, an applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale and meet the criteria indicated on this page.)
To be considered for admission each applicant must have received or be receiving a high school diploma or a GED certificate before the term for which he/she is applying. Those individuals who were not graduated from accredited high schools may be required to have a GED.
Note: The state of Kentucky requires each freshman to enroll in a subject-specific developmental course if the student’s ACT score in English is 18, mathematics is 19, or reading is below 20. SAT scores: verbal 450, math 460 or below. Additional developmental courses may be required by MSU before a student will be permitted to advance to entry-level courses.
The following criteria will be used in making an admission decision:
A. Completion of the following pre-college curriculum:
- English I, II, III and IV (or AP English)
- Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry
- 1 life science, 1 physical science and 1 earth/space science (one of these must have a lab)
- any 3 of the following: US History, economics, government, world geography or world civilization
- ½ unit of health
- ½ unit of physical education
- 1 unit of history and appreciation of visual/performing arts
- 5 electives
- For students graduated from high school in 2004 or later, two units of one foreign language
- Note: Kentucky residents under the age of 21 must complete the state-mandated pre-college curriculum. All other applicants must complete a comparable college-preparatory curriculum.
- B. Ranking in top half of graduating class or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above.
- C. ACT composite of 18 or above or SAT combined score of 870
- Scholarship Application Deadline: January 15!
- Portfolio Requirements : Your portfolio should be a collection of 10 to 20 examples of your best work that reflects your talent and potential. It can contain original work, 35mm slides, or a combination of both. You may send a variety of media (any combination of pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, photo, oil, collage, ink, etc.). Every item in your portfolio must be labeled with your name, title of work, medium, size, and date completed. Original two-dimensional works should be neatly matted and demonstrate your drawing ability and use of color, your creativity, imagination, and originality. Include at least three drawings from direct observation. Examples of three-dimensional work should be submitted in slide or photo form. For a slide portfolio, shoot your work in front of a gray or neutral background like a piece of cloth or matte board. Individual shots should be taken of each piece. For best results use Kodak 35mm Kodachrome 64 film and take your slides outside in the shade. Submit 35mm slides in transparent slide pages (available at camera stores). The folowing should be done to all slides:
- Print your name on the front side of each slide (shiny side)
- Place an ink dot to indicate top of artwork on each slide
- Number the slides
- The University requirements for the art (BFA) are 38-41 hrs and the University Studies must include the following art history (ART 211 Intro. to the History of Art or ART 212 Intro. to the History of Art). Core Courses......................................................................60 hrs Foundation Studio Courses ART 099 Transitions ART 101 Drawing I: Introduction to Drawing ART 111 Two-dimensional Design ART 112 Three-dimensional Design ART 201 Drawing II: Life Drawing BFA Degree Requirement Courses ART 298 Mid-Degree Review1 ART 399 Professional Practices ART 498 B.F.A. Practicum Exhibition 2D & 3D Studio Electives Three of the following: ART 300 Drawing III ART 330 Introduction to Painting I ART 350 Introduction to Graphic Design I: Digital Art ART 379 Introduction to Printmaking I ART 382 Introduction to Photography I ART 393 Special Topics in 2-D Three of the following: ART 309 Introduction to Metalsmithing I ART 310 Introduction to Furniture Design I ART 360 Introduction to Sculpture I ART 370 Introduction to Ceramics I ART 394 Special Topics in 3-D Studio Emphasis Courses Five sequential courses from one of the following areas: drawing, painting, furniture design, graphic design, printmaking, photography, metalsmithing, sculpture or ceramics, with advisor approval. Upper Level Art History Courses One of the following: ART 356 Art of Non-Western Cultures ART 425 Art of Asia ART 491 Special Problems in Art History ART 501 Special Topics in Art History or one course from: ART 415, 416, 418, 419, 428, 429, 430 Three of the following: ART 415 Greek & Roman Art ART 416 Medieval Art ART 418 Renaissance Art ART 419 Baroque Art One of the following: ART 428 Nineteenth-Century Art ART 429 Art from 1900 to 1960 ART 430 Contemporary Art, 1960 to the Present THE BFA DEGREE HAS THE FOLLOWING THREE OPTIONS: Studio Art Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 hrs Five studio elective courses to be selected in consultation with your emphasis area advisor * additional unrestricted electives for this option. . . 9–12 hrs Art Teacher Certification Option . . . . . . . . . . 30 hrs ART 330 Introduction to Painting I (listed above) ART 341 Fundamentals of Elementary School Art ART 342 Fundamentals of Secondary School Art EDU 403 Structure and Foundations of Education EDU 422 Student Teaching Seminar ELE 421 Student Teaching SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools SEC 421 Student Teaching SED 300 Educating Students with Disabilities * please see departmental advising sheets for exact University Studies requirements for this option Art History Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 hrs Five studio elective courses to be selected in consultation with your emphasis area advisor * additional upper-level art history courses One of the following: ART 415 Greek & Roman Art ART 416 Medieval Art ART 418 Renaissance Art ART 419 Baroque Art One of the following: ART 428 Nineteenth-Century Art ART 429 Art from 1900 to 1960 ART 430 Contemporary Art, 1960 to the Present Two of the following: ART 356 The Art of Non-Western Cultures ART 425 The Art of Asia ART 491 Special Problems in Art History2 ART 501 Seminar: Special Topics in Art History or ART 415, 416, 418, 419, 428, 429, 430 Total BFA Curriculum Requirements. . . . . . . 125–131 hrs * please see Departmental Degree Advising sheets for additional information on requirements 1The baccalaureate degree is not awarded automatically upon completion of any required number of courses or units of credit. The progress and status of students in the program is regularly assessed through reviews. All students are required to register for ART 298 the semester after they complete 30 credit hours of ART courses. After passing ART 298, students may form a B.F.A jury and track in the B.F.A. requirements. A final review, ART 498, is conducted by B.F.A. jury in conjunction with fulfilling the senior B.F.A. Practicum Exhibition requirement. B.F.A students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in the area of their studio concentration.